Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I learn more about Second Career @ Sheridan? 

A: You are strongly urged to attend a Sheridan College Second Career Information Session and Personal Consultation. We are happy to meet with you to discuss your Second Career application once you have attended a session.  Please visit our Information Sessions & Personal Consultations page for current dates and times.

Q: What is Second Career funding? 

A: Second Career is a financial support program offered by the Ontario government to help laid off workers with skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario.

Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need; applicants may be required to contribute to their training or education.

Second Career may cover such costs as: tuition, textbooks, transportation and basic living allowance. Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of individuals  with disabilities, dependent care, costs of living away from home and Academic Upgrading.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible for Second Career funding? 

A: If you have been laid off since January 2005, you may be eligible for second career funding. You must first visit an Employment Consultant at a Community Employment Service Provider office.  The Employment Consultant will assess your eligibility to apply for the funding.  Visit our Employment Agencies page for Community Employment Service Provider office locations. For more information about second career, visit the Government website.

Q: I am not sure which program I want to take. 

A: Your employment consultant will assist you with your career plan.  For program specific information, please visit our program pages.

Q: Second Career applicants are required to research information about different schools.  How do I obtain this information from Sheridan? 

A: As a courtesy to help second career applicants with their research, Sheridan has prepared program profiles which are available on our website at. Please visit our Information for Research page.

Q: What are the start dates for Sheridan programs? 

A: Program start dates vary.  Please visit the program specific page for detailed information. Intakes occur September, January and May.

Q: How do I apply for a program at Sheridan? 

A: Apply to Sheridan on-line at www.ontariocolleges.ca. Please note that a non-refundable processing fee applies which is payable to Ontario Colleges. Your application will take approximately 24-48 hours to reach Sheridan’s Admissions Department. Once received, Sheridan will send you a letter with important information, including Access Sheridan instructions.  For more information or help regarding your application, please feel free to contact Ontario Colleges directly at 1-888-892-2228 or by e-mail: Ask-us@ontariocolleges.ca

Q:  I require a Second Career Acceptance Letter. 

A:  "Confirmation of Acceptance " letters are available only once you have accepted a Sheridan offer of admission.  To receive an offer, however, you must apply to your program choice through www.ontariocolleges.ca, as noted above, and meet all program admission requirements through either transcripts or testing.  

Q: How do I know if I have been accepted into my Sheridan program choice? 

A: All details relating to your Sheridan application, including offers of admission, are available through your Access Sheridan account.  You will also receive information in the mail. Please accept your offer of admission at www.ontariocolleges.ca by the deadline.  Once you accept your offer, Sheridan will prepare your "Confirmation of Acceptance" letter and let you know when it is ready.  When your offer has been accepted, your Fee Invoice, indicating the tuition deadline, will be posted.  Please print your invoice, when available through Access Sheridan, which accompanies your "Confirmation of Acceptance" letter as follows.

Q: What do I do with my Sheridan "Confirmation of Acceptance" Letter and Fee Invoice?

A: You need to submit a copy of both your "Confirmation of Acceptance" Letter and your Fee Invoice to your Employment Consultant.  S/he will send them to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development with your funding application.  The ministry will decide if you are approved for funding based on this information.

Q: Sheridan sent me an Access Sheridan username and password and I don’t know how to use it. 

A: It is very important for your success at Sheridan to learn how to use your Access Sheridan account.  If you are having problems with your Access Sheridan account, or if you forget your user name and/or password, please call 905-459-7533 or 905-845-9430 and choose option 4 for the Contact Centre for Post-secondary Studies.  An Information Specialist will walk you through the process.

Q: What are the Sheridan program admission requirements? 

A: All Sheridan programs require a minimum of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a grade 12 English credit ENG4C, or its equivalent. Some Sheridan programs may also require an Ontario high school Math and/or Chemistry and/or Biology credit(s), or their equivalents. Please refer to our program pages for your admission requirements.

English Language Requirement

All instruction at Sheridan is in English. In order to be successful in a program, your communication, listening, comprehension, reading and writing skills must be at a level sufficient to meet the demands of postsecondary study.

Computer Literacy

Computer literacy is required for all Sheridan students’ success.   The level of computer literacy required varies by program.

What do I need to do about my transcripts?

  • If you attended a high school in Ontario – in most cases, you can request your Ontario high school transcript through the transcript request service at www.ontariocolleges.ca.  Otherwise contact your most recent high school directly.
  • If you have attended a Canadian college or university, have that institution send your official transcript to www.ontariocolleges.ca 
  • If you have attended a high school, college or university outside of Canada, all International transcripts require evaluation through either WES or ICAS.  Please visit the respective websites for instructions. 
All transcripts and evaluations must be received at the Sheridan Admissions Department via www.ontariocolleges.ca.  Sheridan does not accept hard copy transcripts or transcript evaluations.

Q: May I apply as a Mature Student for a certificate or diploma program? 

A: To be considered for testing as a Mature Student, you must meet the mature student criteria:
  • 19 years of age or older
  • AND
  • Have not graduated from high school in Canada or elsewhere
Mature students must demonstrate proficiency in meeting specific admission requirements.  If eligible, you will be sent for testing of the admission requirements which demonstrate your ability to work at the postsecondary level.

If your testing is unsuccessful, we will suggest you complete a program of Academic Upgrading at a level appropriate to the program of choice. 

For more information about Sheridan Academic Upgrading, please attend an Information Session.

Q:  What about my tuition?

A:  All applicants at Sheridan, including Second Career applicants, are required to pay tuition by the tuition deadline to secure a seat.  To avoid losing your seat, you must do one of the following by the tuition deadline:

1. If you have been approved for Second Career funding:
Bring in a copy of your Contract and Payment Summary as soon as you receive it to the Admissions Office, as follows:
  • Room D200,Trafalgar Road Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, OR 
  • Room B236, Davis Campus, 7899 McLaughlin Road, Brampton, OR
  • Welcome Desk, HMC Campus 4180 Duke of York Boulevard
2. If the Ministry has still not made a decision about your funding by your tuition deadline, you must make a $500 deferral fee and apply for OSAP to hold your spot.  For more information about how to apply for OSAP, please visit http://osap.gov.on.ca. There is an additional $50 fee for this service, which will be applied to your first term fees.
IMPORTANT:  If you choose this option, please obtain approval from your Employment Consultant or the Ministry.

3. If you have NOT been approved for Second Career funding, and plan to attend Sheridan by applying for OSAP or Financial Aid: 

  • First, you must apply for OSAP.   For information on how to apply, please visit http://osap.gov.on.ca
  • Second, you must pay a $500 deferral fee to retain your seat in the program.
IMPORTANT:  Students using option 2 or 3 are responsible for payment of fees regardless of whether or not they are approved for OSAP or Second Career funding unless they withdraw by the 10th day of class.

4. If you have NOT been approved for Second Career funding, but plan to attend using your own funds, pay your fees by the tuition deadline on your Fee Invoice.  Please refer to the back of your Fee Invoice for payment options.

5.   If you have NOT been approved for Second Career funding, you may decide to apply for the program's next available start date through www.ontariocolleges.ca.

Please remember, to learn more about program requirements/prerequisites, providing transcripts, entrance testing, program offers, and your "Confirmation of Acceptance" letter or your tuition, we urge you to attend a Sheridan Second Career Information Session and Personal Consultation.  We are happy to discuss all details regarding your application after you attend a session!  For days and locations, please visit the Information Sessions & Personal Consultations page.