Definition of Dual Credit  

Dual Credit (DC) programs are programs approved by the Ministry of Education that allow students to finish high school while taking college or apprenticeship courses that count simultaneously toward their Ontario Secondary School diploma and a college certificate, diploma or advanced diploma or a certificate of apprenticeship.


Benefits of Dual Credit Programs

  • Discover the various college pathways.
  • Complete high school while earning credits that count toward a college program.
  • Ease the transition to a college or an apprenticeship program.

Eligibility and Enrollment

To participate in a DC program, you must first share your application with a Guidance Counselor at your school. Together, you can then examine the program offerings available at your school, and check your application against a list of eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, you must be in grade 11 or 12, and you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM);
  • be enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP);
  • have accumulated numerous absences or be lagging behind in the number of credits earned;
  • lack confidence in your ability to succeed;
  • need help in choosing a career path;
  • be unsure about your pathway after high school.

Resources and Promotion

Guidance Counselors and Academic Advisors can find all resources in the public shareware. Access is limited to users with a username and a password.

Students and parents who would like more information may contact a Guidance Counselor at their high school.


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