Counselling Techniques Certificate FAQs

How Do I Apply?

Simply register online when the catalogue comes out (approximately one month prior to a semester start).

What are the registration requirements?

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent.

How do I register for courses?

Registration usually opens 4-6 weeks prior to the beginning of each semester. Once open, students can register online, in person at The Square, or by fax using this form (opens PDF, 102kb).

How much does this cost?

Continuing Education students pay on a per-course basis at the beginning of each term. Exact course costs are listed in the catalogue each term and these fees can go up over time. See the CE Registration webpage for details.

Is there any Financial Assistance available?

Students should review the CE Financial Assistance webpage and contact a Financial Advisor directly about bursary and loan opportunities for part-time students

Do I need Textbooks?

Some courses utilize a variety of web-based resources that will be linked/available through the online learning portal once you are registered while others use a traditional textbook. If a textbook is required, students can use the online Book Store to search for their required materials.

Who instructs the courses?

All instructors are local practitioners. Many are members of provincial and national organizations in their area of specialty. Instructors are hired based on their expertise for the subject matter and their knowledge of community resources. When content requires an expert, guest speakers are utilized.

How long is the program?

It is recommended that students complete 1 or 2 courses per semester for 6 consecutive semesters to achieve the certificate in 2 years. However, some students choose to take more courses at a time and are able to finish the program more quickly.

What is a Program of Studies?

The Program of Studies - commonly referred to as 'POS' - indicates all the courses required to graduate with a specific credential. Presently, the Counseling Techniques Program of Studies has 8 required courses. However, through Program Review, a POS may change to reflect Ministry mandates and industry updates. Visit the Program of Studies section of the webpage for details on the current POS.

How can I apply for an Exemption?

Students who have taken courses similar to those in the Program of Studies at Mohawk College or another academic institution may apply for an exemption to receive credit for the course(s). A valid student number is required. It is recommended that students have successfully completed at least one core course prior to applying for an exemption. Note that exemptions are granted by the individual academic area. View the Course Exemptions page to read more about the exemption process.

Can I get credit for Prior Learning/Experience?

Students who have experience inside and outside the traditional classroom, in volunteer and work settings, are eligible to receive credit for their learning. Credit for Prior Learning is processed after students have been accepted to the program. A valid student number is required. Visit the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition page for more information.

What services are available to me during my studies? Counseling? Tutoring? Career Advising?

Continuing education and part-time students can access many services through Mohawk College. Details about Accessible Learning, Dispute Resolution, Library and Technology Support, Resume Writing, etc. can be found on the CE Student Services webpage.

How do I apply to graduate?

When you complete a certificate program on a part-time basis, you must apply to graduate through your MyMohawk account. More information can be found on the Preparing for Graduation webpage.

When is the graduation ceremony?

The Continuing Education Convocation ceremony takes place in October each year. Certificate students can participate in this ceremony, regardless of what semester they complete studies. However, students who finish in the Winter or Spring may apply to receive their certificate sooner by mail. All students must register by deadline to apply: August for the October ceremony. Once applied, all students are responsible for ensuring their name appears on the list prior to convocation. More information is available on the Preparing for Graduation webpage.

Who can I talk to if I still have questions?

After reviewing the webpage and these FAQs, don't hesitate to email us at cecommunity [at] mohawkcollege.ca if you still have questions!