Professional Coach Diploma Program (Live Online and In-Class)

  • Format:

    Live Online and In-Class

  • Duration:

    240 hours

  • Application Fee:

    $200 (Domestic)

    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $5,300 (Domestic)

    $6,625 (International)

Start Date

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Full Time: February 07, 2022 – May 03, 2022

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Full Time: February 07, 2022 – May 03, 2022

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Professional Coach: Program Overview


The Professional Coach Diploma Program (PCD) is designed to train students to gain foundational coaching theory, skill and practice that can be applied in areas of their professional and personal lives. Through this training course, students will gain the tools and skills necessary to transform the lives of others in different fields. Students will learn how to help others overcome negative thinking, fears, and remove the root causes of failure. After completion of this course, students will have an in-depth understanding of what needs to be done to launch and grow a coaching practice.

Graduates of the Professional Coach Diploma Program are eligible to apply to ICF for certification as either an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) under the portfolio path. Certification by ICF is subject to additional requirements depending upon the pathway followed. Students should obtain full details of ICF Certification at https://coachingfederation.org/

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the successful student:

  • Demonstrates ethical practice
    • Understands and consistently applies coaching ethics and standards of coaching
  • Embodies a coaching mindset
    • Develops and maintains a mindset that is open, curious, flexible and client-centred
  • Establishes and maintains agreements
    • Partners with the client and relevant stakeholders to create clear agreements about the coaching relationship, process, plans and goals
    • Establishes agreements for the overall coaching engagement as well as those for each coaching session
  • Cultivates trust and safety
    • Partners with the client to create a safe, supportive environment that allows the client to share freely
    • Maintains a relationship of mutual respect and trust
  • Maintains presence
    • Is fully conscious and present with the client, employing a style that is open, flexible, grounded and confident
  • Listens actively
    • Focuses on what the client is and is not saying to fully understand what is being communicated in the context of the client systems and to support client self-expression
  • Evokes awareness
    • Facilitates client insight and learning by using tools and techniques such as powerful questioning, silence, metaphor or analogy
  • Facilitates client growth
    • Partners with the client to transform learning and insight into action. Promotes client autonomy in the coaching process

Methods of Evaluation

Throughout the program, students will be evaluated on their learning in the following
ways:

  1. Quizzes and final exams
  2. Case studies/group work/professional behaviour
  3. Discussion sessions
  4. Practice sessions
  5. Assignments
  6. Practicum reports

Evaluation will be based on the following:

  • 20% Coaching Core Competencies
  • 25% Mentor Coaching Sessions
  • 10% 1:1 Assessment
  • 25% Final Exam
  • 20% Attendance & Participation

Completion Requirements

Students must achieve at least 70% and demonstrate coaching skills during mentor coaching sessions.

Program Organization

Ashton College’s Coach Diploma Program covers the 11 Core Competencies of the International Coach Federation (ICF). During their studies, students learn how to partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires clients to maximize their potential in different fields.

Students are required to complete 5 core courses and additionally 2 of the 6 focus-area courses.

Career Options

  • Life Coach
  • Business Coach
  • Relationship Coach
  • Team Coach
  • Employment Coach

Course Descriptions

Professional Coach 01 (PC01): Foundation Module

Brief Course Description

This course introduces students to the concept of meeting ethical guidelines and professional standards. Understanding of coaching ethics and standards and the ability to apply them appropriately in all coaching situations will be explored. Students will learn how to establish the coaching agreement, and gain the ability to understand what is required in the specific coaching interaction and how to come to an agreement with both prospective and new clients about the coaching process and relationship.

Prerequisites

None

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate personal integrity and honesty in interactions with clients, sponsors and relevant stakeholders.
  2. Be sensitive to clients’ identity, environment, experiences, values and beliefs.
  3. Use language appropriate and respectful to clients, sponsors and relevant stakeholders.
  4. Abide by the ICF Code of Ethics and uphold the Core Values.
  5. Maintain confidentiality with client information per stakeholder agreements and pertinent laws.
  6. Maintain the distinctions between coaching, consulting, psychotherapy and other support professions.
  7. Refer clients to other support professionals, as appropriate.
  8. Acknowledge that clients are responsible for their own choices.
  9. Engage in ongoing learning and development as a coach.
  10. Develop an ongoing reflective practice to enhance one’s coaching.
  11. Remain aware of and open to the influence of context and culture on self and others.
  12. Use awareness of self and one’s intuition to benefit clients.
  13. Develop and maintain the ability to regulate one’s emotions.
  14. Be mentally and emotionally prepared for sessions.
  15. Seek help from outside sources when necessary.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and quizzes.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

Professional Coach 02 (PC02): Communicating Effectively Module

Brief Course Description

This course focuses on active listening and the ability to focus completely on what the client is saying and is not saying, to understand the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and to support client self-expression. Students will learn powerful questioning and the ability to ask questions that reveal the information needed for maximum benefit to the coaching relationship and the client. They will also consider direct communication and the ability to communicate effectively during coaching sessions, and to use language that has the greatest positive impact on the client

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC 01 before moving to PC 02.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Consider the client’s context, identity, environment, experiences, values and beliefs to enhance understanding of what the client is communicating.
  2. Reflect or summarize what the client communicated to ensure clarity and understanding.
  3. Recognize and inquire when there is more to what the client is communicating.
  4. Notice, acknowledge and explore the client’s emotions, energy shifts, non-verbal cues or other behaviours.
  5. Integrate the client’s words, tone of voice and body language to determine the full meaning of what is being communicated.
  6. Notice trends in the client’s behaviours and emotions across sessions to discern themes and patterns.
  7. Consider client experience when deciding what might be most useful.
  8. Challenge the client as a way to evoke awareness or insight.
  9. Ask questions about the client, such as their way of thinking, values, needs, wants and beliefs.
  10. Ask questions that help the client explore beyond current thinking.
  11. Invite the client to share more about their experience in the moment.
  12. Notice what is working to enhance client progress.
  13. Adjust the coaching approach in response to the client’s needs.
  14. Help the client identify factors that influence current and future patterns of behaviour, thinking or emotion.
  15. Invite the client to generate ideas about how they can move forward and what they are willing or able to do.
  16. Support the client in reframing perspectives.
  17. Share observations, insights and feelings, without attachment, that have the potential to create new learning for the client.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and quizzes.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

Professional Coach 03 (PC03): Relationships Module

Brief Course Description

This course focuses on establishing trust with the client, and the ability to create a safe, supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust. There is also a focus on coaching presence, and the ability to be fully conscious and create spontaneous relationships with the client, employing a style that is open, flexible and confident.

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC 02 before moving to PC 03.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain what coaching is and is not and describe the process to the client and relevant stakeholders.
  2. Reach agreements about what is and is not appropriate in the relationship, what is and is not being offered, and the responsibilities of the client and relevant stakeholders.
  3. Reach agreements about the guidelines and specific parameters of the coaching relationship such as logistics, fees, scheduling, duration, termination, confidentiality and inclusion of others.
  4. Partner with the client and relevant stakeholders to establish an overall coaching plan and goals.
  5. Partner with the client to determine client-coach compatibility.
  6. Partner with the client to identify or reconfirm what they want to accomplish in the session.
  7. Partner with the client to define what the client believes they need to address or resolve to achieve what they want to accomplish in the session.
  8. Partner with the client to define or reconfirm measures of success for what the client wants to accomplish in the coaching engagement or individual session.
  9. Partner with the client to manage the time and focus of the session.
  10. Continue coaching in the direction of the client’s desired outcome unless the client indicates otherwise
  11. Partner with the client to end the coaching relationship in a way that honours the experience.
  12. Seek to understand the client within their context which may include their identity, environment, experiences, values and beliefs.
  13. Demonstrate respect for the client’s identity, perceptions, style and language and adapt one’s coaching to the client.
  14. Acknowledge and respects the client’s unique talents, insights and work in the coaching process.
  15. Show support, empathy and concern for the client.
  16. Acknowledge and support the client’s expression of feelings, perceptions, concerns, beliefs and suggestions.
  17. Demonstrate openness and transparency as a way to display vulnerability and build trust with the client.
  18. Remain focused, observant, empathetic and responsive to the client.
  19. Demonstrate curiosity during the coaching process.
  20. Manage one’s emotions to stay present with the client.
  21. Demonstrate confidence in working with strong client emotions during the coaching process.
  22. Be comfortable working in a space of not knowing.
  23. Create or allow space for silence, pause or reflection.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and quizzes.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

Professional Coach 04 (PC04): Facilitating Learning and Growth Module

Brief Course Description

This course focuses on the ability to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information and to make interpretations that help the client to gain awareness and thereby achieve agreed-upon results. Designing actions will focus on the ability to create with the client opportunities for ongoing learning, during coaching and in work/life situations, and for taking new actions that will most effectively lead to agreed-upon coaching results. Planning and Goal setting will focus on the ability to develop and maintain an effective coaching plan with the client. Managing progress and accountability will be explored with a focus on the ability to hold attention to what is important for the client, and to leave responsibility with the client to take action.

Prerequisites

Students must pass and complete PC 03 before moving to PC 04.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Work with the client to integrate new awareness, insight or learning into their worldview and behaviours.
  2. Partner with the client to design goals, actions and accountability measures that integrate and expand new learning.
  3. Acknowledge and support client autonomy in the design of goals, actions and methods of accountability.
  4. Support the client in identifying potential results or learning from identified action steps.
  5. Invite the client to consider how to move forward, including resources, support and potential barrier.
  6. Partner with the client to summarize learning and insight within or between sessions.
  7. Celebrate the client’s progress and successes.
  8. Partner with the client to close the session.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and quizzes.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

Professional Coach 05 (PC05): Completion Module

Brief Course Description

This course focuses on the ability to integrate and accurately incorporate what has been learned in the previous modules to start one’s own coaching practice.

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC 04 before moving to PC 05.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Determine what it takes to establish their own practice.
  2. Create a welcome package and initial consultation.
  3. Understand the ICF credentialing process & CPD requirements.
  4. Provide Mentor Coaching Sessions (one-on-one).

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and a final exam.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

PCD Focus-Area 1: Adult ADHD Coaching

Brief Course Description

Whether diagnosed in childhood or adulthood, ADHD is a condition that impacts an individual’s impulsivity, attention and hyperactivity. Coaching is an up-and-coming supplement to the management of adult ADHD. The use of coaching in ADHD treatment targets areas of functioning such as: organization, planning, time management, goal setting and problem-solving.

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC01, PC02, PC03, PC04, and PC05.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Outline the symptoms of ADHD.
  2. Identify the impact adult ADHD can have on relationships, work life and personal life.
  3. Discuss procrastination, time management and impulsivity.
  4. Identify techniques for enhancing focus.
  5. Identify strategies for organizations.
  6. Identify strategies for self-management and planning one’s own work and life schedules.
  7. Develop a goal-setting framework for a client.
  8. Identify techniques in translating goals into actions.
  9. Identify the importance of determining motivation in behaviour change.
  10. Explain ways to incentivize behaviour.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and tests.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

PCD Focus-Area 2: Life Coaching

Brief Course Description

This course focuses on life coaching, and the strategies and techniques used in life coaching. Life coaching helps individuals become more self-aware, set goals and grow their mindset. Life coaches use both questioning and listening to aid in forward-focused thinking and helping individuals make steps towards reaching their goals.

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC01, PC02, PC03, PC04, and PC05.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Define life coaching.
  2. Explain the different areas of one’s life that can be supported with life coaching.
  3. Describe the importance of active listening and powerful questioning in a life coaching session.
  4. Discuss tackling doubts, self-sabotage, fears and distractions.
  5. Identify techniques in building accountability.
  6. Identify strategies in encouraging clients to expand their thinking.
  7. Explore values with clients.
  8. Identify your clients’ sources of motivation and passion.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and tests.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

PCD Focus-Area 3: Business Coaching

Brief Course Description

A business coach helps drive the strategic plan of a business. In this course, students will explore how to work with a client to develop a goal for their business and identify the actionable steps needed to reach that goal. Students will explore the importance of mindset and self-awareness in business coaching.

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC01, PC02, PC03, PC04, and PC05.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain the role of a business coach.
  2. Explain how to visualize what success looks like for the client.
  3. Identify the strategic plan of the business.
  4. Identify targets and goals for the business owner
  5. Describe the process of working through a backwards approach, considering the goals and breaking down the actionable steps needed to reach that goal.
  6. Discuss where the challenges have been in previously meeting these goals.
  7. Explain how to help a client identify their blind spots.
  8. Identify how to evaluate a goal if the target is not met.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and tests.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

PCD Focus-Area 4: Career Coaching

Brief Course Description

Career coaching involves the process of supporting clients to navigate career change and exploration. In some cases, clients may be feeling stuck in their role or looking to develop their skills for that next promotion. A large portion of life is spent on a career, and many are eager to secure a role they love. In this course, students will explore how career coaching emphasizes interests, motivation and confidence. Students will also become familiar with the necessary steps for providing guidance on resume building and interviewing skills.

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC01, PC02, PC03, PC04, and PC05.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain what career coaching is.
  2. Identify techniques in building rapport and communication with a client.
  3. Discuss theories of career and approaches to career coaching.
  4. Explain techniques in identifying motivation.
  5. Identify the coaching questions needed to narrow down the interests of the individual rather than the external pressures or motivations of others.
  6. Identify techniques in identifying transferable skills and exploring new avenues.
  7. Describe strategies in building confidence.
  8. Identify common career assessments and identify how to interpret the results I.e. Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory.
  9. Identify components of a strong cover letter and resume.
  10. Identify strategies for confidence when interviewing, and how to provide feedback in a mock interview.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and tests.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

PCD Focus-Area 5: Executive Coaching

Brief Course Description

Executive coaching is coaching aimed at developing an executive. Executives run organizations and often offer a level of authority, supervision and leadership over a group of individuals. In this course, students will explore how executive coaching targets performance and achievement to drive results for the client.

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC01, PC02, PC03, PC04, and PC05.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Outline the value of executive coaching in an organization.
  2. Identify the correlation between executive and leadership coaching.
  3. Discuss the range of organizations an executive coach could be contracted in or have a permanent placement in.
  4. Identify how to create a development plan with a client.
  5. Discuss management communication and open feedback with subordinates.
  6. Explain the need for creating an action plan on goals set and the importance of accountability in goal setting.
  7. Discuss the evaluation process of a development plan and how to make changes based on feedback received.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and tests.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

PCD Focus-Area 6: Leadership Coaching

Brief Course Description

Leadership coaching is the practice of developing and enhancing leadership qualities in the client. Individuals from all walks of life, careers and ranks in their careers can benefit from leadership coaching. Anyone can be a leader, even individuals on small teams can develop their leadership to show up with an impact on those around them. Students will explore how to adopt a mindset of always moving forward and foster this mindset in clients.

Prerequisites

Students must pass PC01, PC02, PC03, PC04, and PC05.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify what leadership coaching looks like.
  2. Discuss coaching for peak performance.
  3. Determine how to assess one’s current leadership approach and practices.
  4. Identify your client’s motivation in developing their leadership skills.
  5. Identify how to address unconscious bias and assumptions.
  6. Identify how to create an action plan for a client.
  7. Discuss relationship and trust building activities.
  8. Discuss the process of setting clear expectations
  9. Identify how to ask powerful questions.
  10. Explain how to engage and involve others to take ownership and buy-in to a goal.
  11. Describe how to measure leadership and evaluate performance as a leader.
  12. Explain the power of feedback at all levels.
  13. Explore leadership concepts in assisting clients to always be aimed at moving forward.
  14. Discuss trends in leadership coaching.

Method(s) of Evaluation/ Assessments*

Students are evaluated through attendance, participation, activities, discussions, problem sets, and tests.

Completion Requirements*

Students must receive a minimum of 75% overall in order to complete the course successfully. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the college. Students are expected to regularly attend LIVE Online classes, and to have read all assigned chapters in the textbook plus any additional readings prior to live sessions. Individual and group assignments should be completed satisfactorily and on time. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS without prior permission.

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements for Domestic Students

Are you a domestic student?

You must prove the following:

  • You have successfully earned a high school diploma or Adult Graduation Diploma
  • You are at least 19 years old before the first day of your program or you have parental or guardian consent

English Language Proficiency Requirements for Domestic Students

Are you a domestic student?

You must show your language proficiency in ONE of the following ways:

  • You achieved 70% or higher in Canadian provincial or territorial English 12, English Literature 12 or an equivalent course
  • You have completed two or more years in a row of full-time post-secondary education in English in one of the approved countries listed below
  • You achieved a minimum score on one of the approved tests listed below

Approved Countries

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe 

Approved English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): minimum score of 58
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): minimum score of 60
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): academic level 4L and CELPIP-General level 7 in all components
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB): minimum score of 7
  • International English Language Testing (IELTS): academic level with a minimum overall score of 6.0
  • International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP): academic level 3
  • Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MELAB): minimum score of 76
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test: academic level with a minimum score of 79-80 and a minimum of 19-20 on each band
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test: minimum score of 550 and a minimum of 23 each for reading, writing, and listening
  • Duolingo: minimum score of 110 (temporary option available until December 2021)

General Admission Requirements for International Students

Are you an international student?

You must prove the following:

  • You have successfully earned a high school diploma or Adult Graduation Diploma
  • You are at least 19 years old before the first day of your program or you have parental or guardian consent

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students

Are you an international student?

You must show your language proficiency in ONE of the following ways:

  • You achieved 70% or higher in Canadian provincial or territorial English 12, English Literature 12 or an equivalent course
  • You have completed two or more years in a row of full-time post-secondary education in English in one of the approved countries listed below
  • You achieved a minimum score on one of the approved tests listed below

Approved Countries

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Approved English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): minimum score of 58
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): minimum score of 60
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): academic level 4L and CELPIP-General level 7 in all components
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB): minimum score of 7
  • International English Language Testing (IELTS): academic level with a minimum overall score of 6.0
  • International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP): academic level 3
  • Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MELAB): minimum score of 76
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test: academic level with a minimum score of 79-80 and a minimum of 19-20 on each band
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test: minimum score of 550 and a minimum of 23 each for reading, writing, and listening
  • Duolingo: minimum score of 110 (temporary option available until December 2021)

General Admission Requirements for Mature Students

Do you identify as a mature student?

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are at least 21 years of age
  • You have not completed a high school diploma or an Adult Graduation Diploma or you have not attended high school in the last four years and you have not earned a degree or diploma for a college or university

Application Requirements

Mature Students are accepted at the discretion of the Registrar, who may require you to submit the following:

  • Transcripts of completed high school or post-secondary education
  • 1 or 2 professional references from your current or past employers
  • A written letter outlining your career goals and why you feel you will succeed in the program
  • A written personal profile
  • Other forms of documentation to support your application

Additional Requirements

You must meet all of the program-specific and non-academic requirements where listed. In some cases, you may need to complete a placement exam to determine academic readiness.

 

Dates

Live Online

Full Time:

  • February 07, 2022 – May 03, 2022
    • Webinars are held Monday to Friday from 2:00 pm  to 6:00 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort

In-Class

Full Time:

  • February 07, 2022 – May 03, 2022
    • Sessions are held Monday to Friday from 2:00 pm  to 6:00 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort

Fees

Tuition fees for this program are due and payable 2 weeks prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided they produce proof of funding before the cohort start date.

This program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans. However, other forms of government funding and bank financing​ may be available. Students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.

Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:

  • Application fee: $200 (Domestic Students) or $300 (International Students)
  • Tuition fee (Online): $5300 (Domestic Students) or $6625 (International Students)

Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks. The approximate textbook fee is $30.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.

This program was reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

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