Advanced Standing (Block Exemptions and Pathways)

This process begins during the application phase. If you have completed a number of post-secondary courses in a related area of study, you may wish to consider applying to Conestoga with advanced standing.

Have you completed a program at an Ontario College? A pathway may exist to help you bridge into an advanced diploma or degree at Conestoga. Visit for details on established pathways. When submitting your application through, indicate the level at which you would be eligible to start, as outlined in the pathway details.

No pathway? No problem. Compare your previous courses against those courses in the design of your Conestoga program of interest. If you think you have enough similar courses in your academic history to receive direct entry into a level greater than one (i.e. a semester beyond first), you may apply with advanced standing through Please request your transcript be sent now and at the end of the semester.

If you are a current or former Conestoga student and think your previous education may grant you advanced standing, you may apply using the Program Application Form (fees apply).

Note: When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where course numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if course's passing grades are met.