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Study Vocational Training in Canada: Technical Courses

If you already have a level of English and are thinking of coming to Canada with a student visa, professional training courses are the perfect option for you. Keep reading, because here we explain everything you need to know about the technical courses most requested by our students. Are you ready?

Do you want to come to study in Canada and be able to work in the meantime to pay for your stay and even save some money to travel? Well, your best option will be to choose a Professional Training course, such as a Diploma (Co-Op) or a Career Program.

Read on to find out what it's all about!

What are the Career programs or diplomas with Co-Op?

Canada has a great educational offer, and one of the most demanded by Canadian and international youth are the vocational training courses such as diplomas with Co-Op. These programs stand out for including a theoretical block and a practical block, where they teach you everything you need to know to immediately join the world of work, so much so that the practical part is in real companies and is usually paid.

These courses are only given in Certified colleges and they have a very good reputation both inside and outside of Canada.

Its main advantage is that, during the theoretical part of your Co-Op course you can work a part time (20 hours per week). And during the internship, you will have the opportunity to work at full time (40 hours per week) in a company related to your studies, so once you obtain your degree, you will already have some work experience!

In addition, if your course includes holidays, you can also work full time at that time.

Furthermore, study a Co-Op course at a public college is the best option if you want to extend your stay later by opting for a Post Study Work Permit.


Certificate courses or diplomas without Co-Op

Another option for studying Vocational Training in Canada is to complete a diploma, but without Co-Op. the only difference is that in this type of course there is no practical part, with which you can only work 20 hours per week while your course lasts and 40 hours a week in vacation period.

How do the Career Programs or Co-Op work?

As we already told you, the diplomas with Co-Ops and Career Programs They are divided into two blocks, one theoretical and one practical, which usually have the same duration.

These courses can last from 6 months (where you would have 3 months of theory and 3 months of practice) up to 2 years (1 year of theory and 1 year of practice).

During the theoretical block, you will work 20 hours a week, in whatever you want.

Things change, for the better, when the time comes to do your traineeships. In this part of the course, you will work full time (40 hours a week). Of these 40 hours, half you will have to dedicate to work in a company related to your studies. And the other 20 hours you can continue doing them wherever you want.

Furthermore, the own schools will help you make your resume and they will give you access to a Job Vacancies From where you will quickly find a company where you can do your internship, and they will pay you for it, since normally in Canada internships in companies are paid.

Our advice is that you take advantage and choose a company where you can work full time during your internship period. It will score points in your resume, Especially if you later want to apply for one of the post-study visas for Canada.

What are the requirements to study a Co-Op or Career Program course?

It is time to prepare the papers. Yes, it is a hassle, but at this point a pile of folios won't be what comes between you and Canada, right? To make life easier, we have prepared a list with everything you need to collect:

  • Be over 18 years.
  • Valid passport with more than 6 months of validity.
  • Un student visa
  • International medical insurance valid for the entire duration of the course.
  • Depending on the course, you will need to have completed secondary education in your country.
  • Certify that you have a medium / high level of English.
  • Letter of acceptance from the school.

Does it sound like too much? Well get in contact with Dingoos. We will help you free of charge to process your visa, to choose a course and to manage all the papers to process your registration successfully.

What are the advantages of studying a Co-Op or Career Program course?

  • Lets work full time during a part of your visa.
  • Combine studies and work within a company related to your area of ​​study.
  • By including theory and practice, you leave much more prepared and less afraid to face the world of work.
  • If you're stay in canada, thanks to its practical part, you will have already put your paw in the Canadian labor market, within the field in which you want to develop as a professional.
  • If you're start your working life in another countryHaving real experience in a Canadian company looks great in the international market.
  • Your practices can be in TOP companies from Canada. And if you do it right, it is very likely that they will offer you a sponsorship once you finish the internship period.
  • You will make contacts that can help you get a job in the future. He networking it is the best way to get a good job. And by doing your internship in a real company, you will have many opportunities to make good connections.
  • The longer the course, the more time to discover canada. This country and all its wonders deserve you to pass 2 years doing a Co-Op course.
  • These courses are a good investment, since during the internship, you will gain work experience, and also money.
  • A course with Co-op will make you grow as a professional, but also as a person and you will learn valuable lessons about empathy, respect, teamwork and assertiveness that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

Long-term benefits of studying a Co-Op course in Canada

As we already anticipated, if you decide to do a Co-Op course at a public college, at the end of the course you can request a Post Graduation Work Permit.

With this permit you can live and work full time in Canada for your time equal to the duration of your course (more on some occasions).

For international students looking to stay permanently in the country, a course with Co-Op will be one of your great allies, since after studying, you will be able to request a Post Graduation Work Permit and add some more work experience to later apply for permanent residence in the country.

If, on the other hand, you choose to study at a private college, you will be saving money since they are courses a little cheaper and you will also be able to work part-time during the duration of the course and full-time during the holidays. The big disadvantage is that you will not have the option to apply to Post Graduation Work Permit once you finish your studies.

What are the types of Co-Op courses that can be studied in Canada?

You already know all the benefits of courses with Co-Op both for you and for your resume. Now we are going to find out what these courses are about and what skills you will learn.

As a general rule, these are usually courses related to the business world, design and graphic arts, computing and the areas of technology and innovation.



If you've always wanted to have your own empire, you'll have to start here. In these courses they prepare you for the adventures of business world. These courses prepare the big names of tomorrow, is yours there?

The Co-Ops that you can take are:

  • Business Management
  • International Business
  • Human Resources
  • Sports Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Office Administration

Art, design and communications

If you like computers, have good taste and are especially thoughtful and creative, there is an opportunity for you in the world of art, design and communication. In these courses you will learn to handle yourself in environments related to design in all its aspects, from the digital design, Through the city ​​design and ending in the runway. If you think it is time to see job opportunities parade before your eyes (the design sector is one that continues to grow) choose one of these courses to start your career:

  • Interactive Media Management
  • Mobile Application Design & Development
  • Fashion Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Fashion merchandising
  • GIS and Urban Planning
  • Interior Decorating


Every day we are more connected and that is why more and more professionals are needed to dedicate themselves to creating more powerful and secure computer systems. If you are passionate about the world of “Mr. Robot ”and you want to live the dream of working in the offices of Google or Apple, one of these courses can be your key to Silicon Valley:

  • Cloud Computing for Big Data
  • Computer Software & Database Development
  • Cyber ​​Infrastructure Specialist
  • Cyber ​​Security & Computer Forensics
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Computer Programmer Analyst
  • Computer Systems Technology

Tourism and hospitality

The sector that moves the world and that makes the long days of work and classes happy for most of us. In these courses you can learn everything related to the world of hospitality and travel. You will learn the value of good customer service and excellent management of establishments for leisure and recreation.

The courses that you can take are:

  • Hospitality Management
  • Hotel & Resort Management
  • Golf and Recreational Club Management
  • Hospitality Management - Food and Beverage
  • Tourism and Travel

How much does it cost to study a Co-Op or Career Program course in Canada?

Studying a Co-Op or Career Program course in Canada costs between $ 5000 CAD and $ 9500 CAD per semester. 

The price will vary, depending on factors such as the duration of the course, where the school is located or the course you take.

Although many of the educational institutions that offer Co-Op courses are public, this does not mean that they are free. What it really means is that all of these schools have the Canadian seal of educational quality, which has a worldwide reputation. And also, only if you study in a Public college you can later request the Post Graduation Work Permit once you finish your studies.

If the cost of the course has set you back a bit, write to us. The schools in Canada usually offer financing plans and in Dingoos we will help you to carry out all the procedures.

How do I find a company for my Co-Op internships?

One of the main advantages of studying in a country with a quality educational system is that they have everything thought and prepared for their students to become the professionals of the future.

That is why the schools have agreements with companies in the sector that each year accept Co-Op students as internal so that they do their practices and thus also get to know new talents.

Other institutions help students to prepare and choose a position in a company to do their internships there.

Still, it is best to start the networking when you are still studying. Talk to your teachers and let them guide you and give you advice on what you can do and where you can look for work. Each profession is different and nothing better than someone who is already working to give you the information you need.

How does Dingoos help you?

If you want to embark on an adventure and take a Co-Op course in Canada, don't think twice and write to us.

From Dingoos we will take care of doing all the paperwork of the registration and the boring procedures that nobody wants to do so that you focus solely and exclusively on planning your trip calmly and enjoying the landscape.

In addition, we will put you in contact with other Dingoos with your same concerns so that you can set up a Canadian gang with people from here and there.

Remember that the services we offer you from Dingoos are a complete pack, 100% free and created especially so that you do not miss anything on your trip to Canada.

So now you know, we wait for you on the other side of your comfort zone

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