Architecture - Construction Engineering Technology

2022/23 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 0025
Engineering & Technology

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

COVID-19 and Academic Program Delivery

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. ​Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.

Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.

Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access. 

Program Handbook Guidelines

​The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly, and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.

This handbook must be read in conjunction with general information about Conestoga College found on the website and in the Student Guide. The information in the Student Guide and on the college website​ applies to all students, regardless of program.

The Student Guide provides details regarding Student ServicesSafety and SecurityStudent Rights and Responsibilities and more. 


​Welcome to the School of Engineering & Technology​.

Conestoga College offers a full range of engineering and technology programs to suit your interests and career aspirations. Within these, there are one-year certificates (both foundational and post-diploma), two and three-year diplomas, and four-year bachelor's degree programs. Pathways exist within these programs to empower students to reach their full potential.

All of our programs incorporate active learning that may include project-based learning, co-operative education, case studies, and capstone projects. Active learning allows students to apply theory to practice during their studies and results in a graduate who is better prepared for the real work world. Employers like our approach to learning and student development, which is why the School of Engineering & Technology has a history of excellent graduate and co-op placement rates.


Tony Thoma, MBA, P.Eng.
Executive Dean

Program Staff Contact Information

Program Administration and Faculty

Executive Dean – Engineering–Technology–Trades
Tony Thoma, MBA, P.Eng.
A2205-4 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3212

Executive Assistant to Executive Dean:
Rebecca Dougherty​
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573

Program Chair
Karen Cain, Ph.D, P.Eng.
A2205-6 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x2244 

Administrative Assistant to Program Chair:
Amber White
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x4555    ​​

Program Coordinators

Jim Gerrard
A3227 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x2286

Kevin Denomme
A3227 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x3841

Program Faculty

Lindsay Markle
A3227 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x4601

Brian Webster
A3227 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x3842

Scott Sherriffs
A3227 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x3276

Nick Bronsema
A3227 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x3276

Janet Takata
A3227 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x2282

David Thomson
A3227 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 x4570

Other Faculty

In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you during this academic program. These include faculty from other Schools for the breadth and or/general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific focus areas.

Contact information for each faculty will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.

​​Communication - School Standard

Conestoga College and eConestoga student email accounts are used to communicate with students.  Students are expected to regularly check their student email accounts.  Faculty and staff will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.​

ONE Card - Student Identification Card

Conestoga's ONE Card is the College's official identification card for students. Before you can be fully registered and access your timetable, you must upload a student photo.  Your ONE Card student photo completes your student record, confirms that you are a Conestoga College student, and gives you access to student services. When your ONE Card student photo has been uploaded and approved, your card will be mailed to you. ​​Learn more about using your ONE Card here. If you have any questions, please email the ONE Card Office.​

Program Overview

​​​Program Description

Are you interested in sustainable building design and construction? Are you seeking a challenging and rewarding career? Develop your passion for architectural design, engineering, and construction in this dynamic and unique three-year advanced diploma program. Gain a thorough understanding of the entire building process from design to construction from experienced faculty with close ties to the industry. A wide range of high-performance career paths await you in the construction industry, as our graduates are in high demand! Program Highlights:

  • Optional co-op stream, includes two paid co-op work terms

  • Main subject areas: Architectural, Structural, Building Code, Mechanical, Electrical, and Construction Management

  • Each year challenges you with hands-on learning to design and model real world projects and solutions

  • Major Capstone Project in 3rd year has you working in a team to bring a large project from design concept through to final construction documents

  • Field trips to construction sites and product manufacturers, as well as guest lecturers are brought in to support your practical learning

  • Annual Networking Event allows you to connect with local construction companies and industry professionals Professional Membership/Certification Opportunities

  • Meets the education requirements for certification with the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA)

  • Meets the education requirements for certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

  • Provides credits towards achieving Gold Seal Certification in Construction Management administered by the Canadian Construction Association 

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at

Program Design

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by the level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

The following is the anticipated sequence of the program over its three years of implementation beginning in September 2022.  Occasionally, minor program design changes do occur and students are notified of these changes.

2021 Program Design - Graduating in 2024
YearSemesterNew CodeCourse NameCreditsHoursPrerequisitesCo-requisites
1FARCH1020Architectural Graphics342none
1FARCH1170Architectural CAD I342none
1FCIVL1110Statics for Engineering Technology
Construction Materials I456none
1FMATH1085Mathematics I
1FPHYS1041Architectural Physics342none
1FSURV1020Surveying I456none
   Total Hours25
1WARCH1060Principles of Design342none
1WARCH1185Building Information Modeling I342none 
1WARCH2030Construction Drawings (Residential)342ARCH1020 and ARCH1170
1WCIVL2130Mechanics of Materials228PHYS1041 or CIVL1110
1WCODE2010Building Code (Residential)342none 
1WCOMM1085College Reading & Writing Skills342none 
1WCONS1170Building Science228none 
1WMATH1140Mathematics II (Construction)456none
   Total Hours23322  
2FARCH1030Construction Drawings (Small Commercial)342ARCH2030             

2FARCH2040Architectural Design I342ARCH1060 and ARCH1185
2FARCH2105Building Information Modeling II342ARCH1185
2FCIVL2200Structural Design (Steel)342CIVL2130 and CIVL1110
2FCODE1030Building Code (Legal & Intro to Large Buildings)342none
2FCONS2040Building Services I342none
2FCETAE1015Elective: General Education342none
   Total Hours21294  
2WARCH2050Construction Drawings (Multi-Use)342ARCH1030 and ARCH2040
2WCIVL2190Structural Design (Concrete)456CIVL2130 and CIVL1110
2WCODE2020Building Code (Code Analysis - Large Buildings)342none
2WCONS2020Contracts And Specifications342none 
2WCONS2030Building Services II342CONS2040 
2WCONS2050Estimating I228
Elective: General Education342none 
   Total Hours21294  
3FARCH3020Construction Drawings (Detailing and Analysis)342ARCH2050
3FARCH3030Architectural Team Design
342ARCH2040 and ARCH2050
3FARCH3050Building Performance Studies342CONS1170
3FCODE3040Building Code (Fire Performance)342CODE1030
3FCONS3010Mechanical Design342CONS2030
3FCONS3020Estimating II 228CONS2050

3FELEC3100Electrical Design I228PHYS1041
   Total Hours19266  
3WARCH3040Team Project Documentation342ARCH3020, ARCH3030 
3WARCH3070Building Environment Design342CONS3010 
3WARCH3150Build It Green228none
3WCIVL2150Structural Design (Wood)342CIVL2130 and CIVL1110​
Estimating III342CONS3020 
3WELEC3110Electrical Design II342ELEC3100
Elective: General Education342none 
   Total Hours20280  

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are developed with the expectations and requirements of external regulatory/accrediting bodies and consultation with Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and related industry experts.  These outcomes are coordinated and articulated in a manner designed to result in the achievement of sets of specified learning attributes.

Program Outcomes are located on the Architecture - Construction Engineering Technology (Optional Co-op) program website under the "Courses" section.

Program Academic Achievement and Requirements

Academic Dates

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of various important academic dates throughout the year. These academic dates are posted on the college website.

Please note that Continuing Education courses and Apprenticeship programs may have different start dates and exam dates for courses. 

​​Academic Promotion Decisions

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

1st Year
(Number of Failed Courses)
Eligible to ContinuePROMOTED to YEAR 2 ( 0 )
Eligible to Continue
PROMOTED TO YEAR 2, (with "Special Timetable") See note #1( 1 - 3 )
Transfer to Non Co-opPROMOTED to YEAR 2, (​wishes to change to the Non-Coop stream)( 0 )
DiscontinueDISCONTINUED (may not continue in the Program) See note #2( 4 or More )
2nd Year
(Number of Failed Courses)
Eligible to ContinuePROMOTED to YEAR 3( 0 )
Eligible to Continue
PROMOTED TO YEAR 3, (with "Special Timetable") See note #1( 1 - 4 )
Transfer to Non Co-opPROMOTED to YEAR 3, (wishes to change to the Non-Coop stream)( 0 )
DiscontinueDISCONTINUED (may not continue in the Program) See note #2( 5 or More )
3rd Year
(Number of Failed or Missed Courses, or missing Co-op Work Terms)
Program CompletePROGRAM COMPLETED, (qualified to graduate)( 0 )
Eligible to Continue
REMAIN IN YEAR 3 (with "Special Timetable")( 1 - 5 )
Transfer to Non Co-opPROGRAM COMPLETED, (qualified to graduate, but missing one or more Coop Credits)( 0 )
DiscontinueDISCONTINUED (may not continue in the Program) See note #2( 6 or More ) or "Has failed one course for the third time"

Please note that Academic Standing Codes, "Must Repeat", "Decision Pending", and "Academic Probation" are not used by this Program

Students participating in Academic Dishonesty will be subject to College Policy on Academic Offences, which may receive a failure in the course.

Note #1 The "SPECIAL TIMETABLE POLICY" for this program is as follows:

  1. With respect to scheduling courses, priority must be given to courses failed or missed in the previous semesters. This may require dropping the current semester courses.
  2. Provided there are NO timetabling conflicts, new courses may then be taken, if prerequisites have been attained.
  3. A maximum of 9 courses, including any Interdisciplinary​ Studies Electives, may be taken in a semester.

Note #2 "DISCONTINUED" students should note the following:

  1. Discontinued Students are no longer in the ACET Program.
  2. To graduate from this program, you must request and be granted re-admission to this Program.
  3. The student may apply to return to the College as a "Part-Time" student.
  4. The student may be allowed to take a maximum of 3 courses in this Program per semester.
  5. Priority for seats in a class is given first to "Regular" students, then to "Special Timetable Students" and lastly to "Part-Time Students".
  6. All failed courses must be cleared before re-admission to this Program will be allowed.
  7. Re-admission to this Program will be allowed only for the start of the Fall Semester.
  8. Refer to Re-Admission Requirements

Note #3 Program faculty reserve the right to modify the implementation of the above policy, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.

Advanced Standing

The admission of a student into a program in a semester beyond semester one of that program is based on previous post-secondary learning and/or life and work experience.


Exemption is the waiving of a course for students who have proven that they have comparable or equivalent learning. Course learning outcomes will be the criteria for determining exemptions. The notation of "G" is used for the grade.

Comparable learning denotes that the learning outcomes of the course in question are equivalent to the course under review. Equivalent learning denotes that the learning outcomes in one course are comparable to the learning outcomes in another course.

Exemptions are not granted for Information Technology (IT) courses completed more than two years previously, this includes CAD and BIM courses.  For all other courses, the time limit is seven years, unless otherwise noted in the Program Data Pack under Admission Requirements.

The maximum credit allowed through Transfer of Credits and credits obtain through PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) is 75% of the program credits. Therefore, at least 25% of the program credits must be taken under the direct supervision of Conestoga College faculty.

All requests for exemptions must be made / applied for, through the Credit Transfer Office.

​ Clearance of Academic Deficiency

During a student's academic career, there may be occasions when the student's performance results in a failing grade for a course.  Conestoga grants students the opportunity to raise this grade to the minimum passing grade under very specific circumstances (i.e. eligibility criteria) outlined within the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure.   In addition to the eligibility criteria outlined in the policy, the academic team has identified the following criteria in accordance with Conestoga's policies and procedures.  Students may be eligible for a supplemental opportunity if they have met the criteria outlined in the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and are enrolled in their final year of studies and course failure may prevent graduation.  If the student is in their first or second year, a supplemental opportunity will not be permitted.

The Academic Team makes the academic decision as to whether or not a student meets the defined eligibility criteria for a supplemental opportunity.  This is decided upon at the Faculty Marks meeting held at the end of the semester.  For more information on the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure, visit the Academic Administration Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines webpage. 


Refer to Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements – Program Protocol for complete information.


  1. A discontinued student may apply to return as a part-time student in the program for a one-year period.  If accepted, a maximum of 3 failed and/or missed courses can be taken per term, including any general education courses, over a one-year period that the student is part-time in the program.  If the part-time student obtains a passing grade in all their courses over the one-year period, they can apply for readmission as a full-time student. 
  2. Readmission is not guaranteed and is subject to space availability within the program.
  3. The student is responsible for any program design changes that may have occurred.
  4. Discontinued students cannot graduate from this program without first applying and being granted readmission to the program. 
  5. The Program Coordinator reserves the right to modify the implementation of the above, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.

Readmission Program Standard - Voluntary Withdrawal

  1. A student that voluntarily withdrew from Level 1, prior to the Program Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty Date, will be required to reapply to the program through Ontario College Application Service (OCAS).
  2. A student that voluntarily withdrew from the program following the completion of Level 1 must reapply to the program through the Registrar's Office.  The student will be readmitted to the program Level consistent with the program courses previously completed at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.
  3. Readmission is not guaranteed and is subject to space availability within the program.
  4. The student is responsible for any program design changes that may have occurred.

Retaking Previously Completed Courses – Program Standard

Program courses where the credit has already been granted, either through an exemption or earned grade, are not normally allowed to be repeated unless there are extenuating circumstances and upon recommendation of the academic team.  If a student is allowed to repeat a course the previous grade will be replaced with the new grade and used in the calculation of the grade point average.


Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study.  For students enrolled in co-op programs, this includes completion of all mandatory co-op work terms. Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the Registrar's Office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.


Students considering withdrawing from a program should meet with their Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor prior to withdrawing. To formally withdraw from a program, the student must complete the Withdrawal form located in the Student Portal under the "Services" tab. Click the "My Forms" to locate, complete, and submit the form to the Registrar's Office. Deadlines for withdrawing from a program with/without an academic penalty or with/without a refund are posted on the website under Academic Dates.

Program Information

​ Academic Assistance

Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues.  The program coordinator/academic advisor and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information such as adding/dropping courses, special timetabling, etc.  Access the Conestoga website for assistance provided through Student Success Services and Accessibility Services.  Access the Learning Commons website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including Learning Skills, Peer Services, Math and Writing assistance.


Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships, and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders.  To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal.  Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students' email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February).  Visit the Student Financial Services on Conestoga's website.

Awards – Program Specific

Each year, our Program hands out Program and College-related Awards.  The Program-related awards are based on a student's performance in their current year of studies.  Students do not need to apply for Program awards as Faculty determine appropriate winners for each award. The chart below lists the Program related Awards given in 2022.  Based on donations received by our industry supporters, the cash values may fluctuate from year to year.

College-related awards must be applied for by the student via the College's Student Financial Services Awards Website​.  Only those students that apply for an award can be selected for a College Award.  Information on specific College Awards and application forms are available on the College Website.

Award name Award based on
First Year Awards
Academic ExcellenceAll 1st Year Courses
Math ExcellenceMath1 & Math 2
Building Code Excellence (Residential)Building Code (Residential)
Arch. Design & Construction Working Dwgs.POD , Arch. Graphics, Const. Dwgs (Residential)
Architectural CAD/BIMCAD1, BIM1
Right StuffAttitude & academic ability
Second Year Awards
Academic Excellence
All 2nd Year Courses
Building Code Excellence (Legal)
Building Code ​
Building Code Excellence (Part 3)Building Code (Analysis – Large Bldgs.)
Arch. Design & Construction Working Dwgs.Design1, Const. Dwgs (Small Commercial) & Const. Dwgs (Multi-Use)
HVAC AwardBuilding Services 1 & 2
Structural DesignLoads, Steel & Concrete
Future GuestimatorEstimating 1
Right StuffAttitude & academic ability
Third Year Awards
Academic ExcellenceAll 3rd Year Courses
Electrical DesignElectrical Design 1 & 2
Best of the Best Estimating
Estimating 2 & 3
Building EnvironmentMech. Design, Bldg. Enviro & Bldg. Performance
Structural DesignWood & Masonry
OBOA / Peter Finn Code ExcellenceBuilding Code (Fire Performance)
Most Professional PresentationNetwork Event voting
Architectural Team DesignArch. Team Design
Architectural Team Project DocumentationTeam Project Documentation
Other Awards
​Write Stuff Award​Written & oral communication skills
Arden Mertz BursaryApplication – 1st & 2nd year
MTE Award
Application – 2nd & 3rd year
Walterfedy ACET Scholarship 
Gateman-Milloy Grant
Turkstra Lumber Scholarship
MTE Consultants Inc. Endowed Award
OACETT Award        (Application – award rotates each year between all School of Engineering Technology Programs)
Approximate Total of Awards = $20,000​  

 The actual total annual amount varies with the number of awards and contributors during a particular year. 
Not all "Other Awards" are available exclusively to ACET students. 

* Faculty reserves the right to ensure an equitable distribution of awards. (Not based solely on marks)


​Course Changes (Adding/Dropping)

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal.
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab.
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings.
It is strongly recommended that students consult the Student Sucess Advisor/Program Coordinator prior to dropping a course.   Adding/dropping courses may affect a student's status, financial aid entitlement and may be limited by other factors.  

  • If a course withdrawal is processed prior to the deadline date, a dropped course will be recorded as a "W" (withdrawal) on the transcript.
  • If a course withdrawal is processed after the deadline, an "F" (fail) will be recorded on the transcript.
Students may add/drop courses through the Student Portal when timetables are available.  If a student is unable to make a course change(s) in the Student Portal, they can submit a Course Change Request Form which can be found in the Student Portal, under the "Services" tab, "My Forms" button.  

Continuing Education and OntarioLearn courses are not included in student full-time fees. Students wishing to take these part-time courses are required to pay the full fee for the individual course(s). Students may add these or other courses under the 'Browse Continuing Education' tab in their Student Portal.

Co-operative Education

Applying to the Co-op Stream:

  • All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process to apply for the Co-op Stream. Labour market conditions determine the number of co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Not every student who meets academic eligibility requirements will be admitted to the co-op stream.
  • To be considered for the co-op stream, students in the program must successfully complete all courses in Level 1 d have a minimum 2.5 SWA (65% session weighted average) or exemption in each of the following core courses: Architectural Graphics, Construction Materials I, Architectural CAD I, Surveying I.
  • In cases where there are more eligible applicants than co-op seats available, selection for co-op will be based on the highest overall average in the core courses listed above until the seats are filled. Should a student have one or more exemptions, the average will be calculated using those courses with numeric grades.

To participate in a co-op work term, students must:

  • Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation modules (CEPR/CDEV1020).  Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation will not be permitted to search for co-op employment nor will they be able to participate in a co-op work term.  Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation more than twice will not be permitted to continue in their co-op program.
  • Be enrolled full-time (full-time = 70% of the hours, or 66 2/3 % of the courses in the current session/level of the Program Design.)  Exceptions will apply to those students who have been granted special timetabling based on formal identification of barriers or challenges for which accommodation is required. Academic eligibility requirements must still be met prior to being granted access to seek a co-op work term.
  • Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing).
  • Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared.
  • Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term.
  • Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
  • Meet program specific co-op work term eligibility requirements.
  • Academic eligibility for a co-op work term is based on the term that occurs two terms prior to any work term.  If this term is also a co-op work term, then work term eligibility will be based on the student's achievement during the preceding academic term.
  • Students may defer one work term regardless of the reason(s) (e.g. failed or missed work term).
  • Students who do not successfully complete their deferred work term will be removed from the co-op stream.
  • Since only one work term may be failed/deferred regardless of the reason(s), should a subsequent work term be missed/failed/unsecured (not successfully completed for any reason) the student will be immediately removed from the co-op stream.
  • Students who are discontinued are not eligible for co-op work terms.
  • To be eligible for a co-op work term, students must have a minimum 65% session weighted average and a maximum of two failures or dropped courses during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term.

For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations & Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures & Supports found by:

  1. Login to MyCareer
  2. Select Co-op
  3. Select Co-op Resources
  4. Select Co-op Policies
  5. Select Co-operative Education Regulations, Procedures and Supports for Students

Please Note:

  • Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn money while you apply what you've learned in a real workplace environment.  Visit Co-operative Education for more information. 
  • The College cannot guarantee co-op employment.  All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation. 

Credit Transfer, Pathways & PLAR

Conestoga recognizes you may have formal post-secondary education that may allow you to enter a program at an advanced level or provide for individual course exemptions. To ensure your credits are eligible for transfer, please contact our Credit Transfer Office at: 

The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website.

For more information, visit the Credit Transfer webpage and the PLAR webpage.

If you are currently a Conestoga student and want to continue studying at Conestoga, there are a number of different pathway opportunities available to you.

Whether you wish to transfer to another program or apply to a new program after graduation, Conestoga has established pathways, to help you meet your goals.

Conestoga College has articulation agreements with many domestic and international institutions. These agreements allow students to transfer into a specific program with advanced standing. Students must meet the academic requirements stated in the agreement.

For more information regarding pathways at Conestoga, contact the Credit Transfer Officer at 519-748-5220 ext. 2166.

Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)

Missed Evaluations

Refer to the Attendance at Evaluations section in this handbook.


Each project has a clearly defined set of dates for its deliverables. If, for a legitimate reason, any student believes that their project cannot be completed on time, they must formally request an extension to the due date from the project coordinating professor at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled end of the project.  Approval of the request for extension will be considered by the faculty team but is not automatic.

Assignments and Labs

Work is normally due one week from the date assigned. Any exceptions will be clearly stated. Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all submitted and marked assignments.


All project work is evaluated using a set of predefined rubrics. Depending on the specific outcomes for the week, student performance will be evaluated and recorded. Each student will receive a copy of this marked rubric identifying specific areas of strength and/or weakness. These rubrics should be kept as of a record of performance.

What is Academic Integrity?

Having academic integrity means acting fairly and honestly when engaging in academic activities. 

By having and applying an Academic  Offences Policy and Procedure, Conestoga ensures graduates complete their studies fairly and honestly through hard work and dedication, and thus are well-prepared for their future careers.

Copyright at Conestoga 

Conestoga facilitates access to print, media, and electronic resources to support and enrich learning, teaching, and research in compliance with the following:


Plagiarism is submitting or presenting work of another person(s)/organization in whole or substantial part as one's own without proper citation and referencing.

Program Advisory Committees (PACs)

Program Advisory Committees (PACs) provide the necessary link between Conestoga and the community it serves. PACs operate in an advisory capacity to Conestoga administration with the objective to keep Conestoga responsive to current and future workforce needs, trends or opportunities in industry and the marketplace.

All post-secondary education programs of study at Conestoga, both full-time and part-time, which lead to an employment related credential, or are approved by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU), will be associated with a PAC, with the exception of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. For any program not leading to an employment related credential, such as foundation programs, PACs are optional.

At the beginning of each year, the coordinator(s) of the program will ask for student volunteers. The coordinator(s) will select which student(s) will represent the program at PAC. Student attendees are important members of the PAC and are expected to be present at all meetings and are responsible for preparing and submitting a report based on guidelines provided by the program coordinator.

Students who participate in PACs will receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) . Your CCR is an official document, complementary to your academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that you have achieved through approved Co-curricular experiences at Conestoga.

​​Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meets with the program coordinator or academic advisor. Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a Program Application Form to the Registrar's Office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled, students ​may want to discuss options with a Career Advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where course numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met. Additional information for career or academic advising is available from faculty, program coordinators, or career advisors in the Welcome Centre.​​​

Information for Transfer Students from Technology Foundations

About the Program

Technology Foundations is a one-year preparatory program primarily designed for high school graduates who wish to pursue a diploma in Engineering Technology, but who do not meet the admission requirements, or are unsure which program is best for them.  Successful graduates of the Technology Foundations program are then admitted to an Engineering Technology program.

Technology Foundations also accepts transfer students who have completed one or more semesters in an Engineering Technology program, but who are struggling and may have already exceeded the allowable numbers of failures in their first semester (with impending discontinuance).  Poor performance may have been due to a number of factors, but typically it is a matter of attitude, time management, lack of concentrated effort and self-discipline, or a level of difficulty that had not been anticipated.  A student may choose to:

i. consult the ACET program coordinator about proceeding as a part-time student in the fall, making up failed courses and applying for re-admission to ACET; or

ii. transfer into Technology Foundations as a way to "re-group", to strengthen fundamental skills and to develop better work habits with a more basic curriculum.  Success in a Technology Foundations program may lead to re-admission in the Engineering Technology program. Transfer students should consult the ACET Program Coordinator about re-admission criteria and procedures.

Admission to Technology Foundations

Engineering Technology students who wish to transfer to Technology Foundations for the winter semester must consult the Technology Foundations Program Coordinator well before the start of classes in January (mid-December is best).  A program transfer form and course selection form must be completed in consultation with the Program Coordinator.  Some courses reach capacity – the sooner you apply to transfer, the better.

Re-admission to Engineering Technology

Application for re-admission procedures differs depending on the number and level of courses you intend to take after re-admission.  Students who re-enter Engineering Technology as a full-time semester 1 student must have also applied through OCAS.  Students who re-enter Engineering Technology with a part-time load (3 or fewer courses) apply directly to Conestoga in Part-time Day Studies.  Students who re-enter Engineering Technology as a full-time "special timetable" (>sem1) students, also apply directly to the College.  Contact the Engineering Technology program coordinator for more information.

Caution: It is essential that students who have done poorly in Engineering Technology reflect upon their past performance carefully.  Problems must be honestly evaluated and new resolutions made, with changed circumstances to support a renewed effort.  This is not an "easy way out of trouble".  Many transfer students make no changes and continue to fail in Technology Foundations, adding another poor semester to their record.  There are other options if you find yourself in academic difficulty.  Both Engineering Technology and Technology Foundations program coordinators would be happy to discuss this with you.

Students who are prepared to make changes can do well.  It is up to you.

Program Coordinator

For more information about Technology Foundations, please contact the program coordinator.


​​Student Feedback

​Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). This Student Experience Survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT)

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT forms give teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process has two components: the Early Course Check-in and Full-SAT. The Early Course Check-in is 5 questions, occurs during week 10 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 43 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the faculty member and their academic manager. Typically, about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term. All full-time faculty have a SAT review at least once every two years. Part-time faculty may be reviewed more frequently. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form during their Continuing Education course.

Facility Information

After Hours Access

Conestoga hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Conestoga recognizes that in some programs of study, students may require after-hours access to classrooms and labs. After-hours access is maintained in accordance with the academic needs of individual programs. The after-hours access is a privilege, not a right.

If after-hours access is required, faculty must contact security in advance, with the student(s) name, ID number, and program information, along with signed paperwork approving access. The student must follow these guidelines: 

  • Be in the designated room with another approved person
  • Inform security immediately of any out-of-the normal situations
  • Have student identification card available
  • Notify security upon departure
  • Not move furniture

Refer to the Student Guide for more information.


Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours

​​​Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2022 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities. 

Back on campus

We look forward to continuing to welcome students back in person and on campus for the fall term. There are three ways in which programs will be delivered:

Hybrid: You will be required to attend in-person classes at your assigned campus. Most class hours will be delivered in person, with a few hours delivered remote/online.

On campus: You will be required to attend in-person classes at your assigned campus. All class hours will be delivered in person.

Remote: Remote programs will be delivered fully online. There will be no in-person classes.

Details regarding classes and delivery formats will be provided in your program schedule (timetable).

College Hours

Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

*In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame and may include Sunday, to accommodate course, program and college requirements.*​​

Safety Information

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Students are required to comply with additional PPE requirements and safety measures that may be communicated by faculty, building signage, and or college staff. All students are required to follow the PPE requirements specified for each lab, shop and or other campus space. Other rules may be set by supervisory faculty/staff in shops and labs.

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

College-wide Policies and Procedures

​​Student Protection Acknowledgement

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:         
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure ​
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Convocation Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Program and Course Withdrawal and Refund Procedure/International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Readmission Procedure
  • Religious Holiday Policy & Procedure
  • Student Expectations for Online Engagement
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfil and enforce these standards.​​ 

Conestoga 101

The Student Engagement Department is here to help you transition to the Conestoga College experience, connect with your community, and build your skills. 

Start your college experience by completing Conestoga 101 (CON0101) on eConestoga, a mandatory course for all new full-time students that will take you approximately one hour to complete. CON0101 provides an overview of the supports, services, and opportunities available to you throughout your time at Conestoga. Make sure you complete it early on in the term, as it contains valuable information that will help you transition to Conestoga.

General Education Electives

Students are required to complete General Education elective courses as part of their program requirements. General Education elective course requirements are listed at the bottom of the progress report, which is found on the Student Portal under My Courses. The progress report indicates the level/semester in which the course must be taken. Students are responsible for adding General Education electives into their schedule for the designated semester. Eligible courses are posted each semester by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies on the College's elective website. For more information and to view the current elective course offerings, visit Questions regarding General Education electives can be directed to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies:

Web-based Tools

​Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.

Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.

While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays are subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate. During the pandemic, on-campus Test Centres will be closed.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Date: June 15, 2022
Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date: July 16, 2021
Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date: July 10, 2020
Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date: July 2, 2019
Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date: July 5, 2018
Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date: June 26, 2017
Type of Revision: Annual updates

Date: June 23 2016
Type of Revision: Annual updates

Accommodation Disclaimer

​Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accommodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessibility focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accommodations rests with the program chair.

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