Food Processing Technician (Optional Co-op)

2023/24 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 0730G
Hospitality & Culinary Arts

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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

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. 


Dean of the Program Welcome

Keith Muller

Welcome to the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts​ and Institute of Food Processing Technology. We offer many options, opportunities and pathways to complete, specialize or expand your education, full-time or part-time. Students have a choice of programs to fit most areas of food processing, hospitality and culinary, comprised of one-year certificates and two-year certificates, as well as graduate certificates. 

Our graduates have the ability to apply what they have learned in the classroom and labs to the real world immediately. We know this is of paramount importance in the rapidly changing world of the hospitality and food processing industry of today. Here at Conestoga, you will learn the critical thinking skills required to solve problems at a fast pace and the ability to shape your career in a positive way.

Further to this, there are opportunities to get involved in the many industry related research projects that we undertake each year. 

Each faculty member has significant industry experience that will help you acquire the valuable hands-on experience you need. Businesses value employees who can be productive on the first day they arrive in their new role. At Conestoga you will learn to be that person.

We encourage you to contact us for more information about how the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts and Institute of Food Processing Technology can provide you with the skills and abilities that will give you the competitive advantage required to make you a success.

I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.​


Keith Muller Signature​ 

​Keith Müller​, Dean
School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning ​

Program Academic Team

Program Coordinator 
Lindsay Richardson
Adam Van Egdom

Student Advisor
Erin Carter

​​Program Chair
Brad Lomanto

Program Manager 
Shannon Rea

Bryan Kam  
College Support Services

Other Faculty
In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program.  These include faculty from other Schools for breadth and/or general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus. Contact information for these faculty members will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.

Registrar's Office (Student Records)

​Co-operative Education
Contact your Co-op Advisor​

Financial Aid / OSAP / Student Awards
Financial Aid Office | Welcome Centre
519-748-5220 ext. 3378 |

Technical Support
IT Service Desk | Doon – 1E12
519-748-5220 ext. 3444 |

Communication – Program Standard

Conestoga College email accounts will be used to communicate to students. Students are expected to regularly check their email accounts.  Faculty and staff are not expected to respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses. Faculty will respond to student emails by the end of the next business day after receipt of an enquiry. 

College Hours

The College is open and offers classes seven days a week.

Program Overview

​​Program Description​

This 2-year (16-month) program runs four consecutive semesters, providing training for those interested in a career as a food processing technician in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. It includes courses on industrial maintenance, drawings and schematics, machine technology, pumps, valves, motor controls and PLCs, as well as an introduction to food science, food processing methods, food safety and an overview of the principles of food manufacturing. All theoretical training is supported by hands-on experience in mechanical shops, food processing experience at a semi-industrial (pilot plant) level, and co-op work term (if eligible) in the industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes can be found on the Food Processing Technician (Co-op) program page on the college's website.​

Program Curriculum Sequence

The following is the anticipated sequence of the program for students beginning studies in the Fall semester.  Occasionally, minor program design changes do occur and students are notified of these changes by the Program Coordinator before they are implemented.

September Intake

Program Delivery Location Semester Year
​​​Level One ​ ​ ​
  • School training: Semester 1
Cambridge CampusFall2023
​​Level Two ​ ​ ​
  • School training: Semester 2
Cambridge CampusWinter2024
​​Level Three​ ​ ​ ​
  • Guided Career Management (Program Version 0730G)
  • Co-op work term (Program Version 0730C)
Cambridge Campus 

TBD- Industry 
​​Level Four ​ ​ ​
  • School training: Semester 4
Cambridge CampusFall2024

January Intake

Program Delivery Location Semester Year
Level One 
  • School training: Semester 1
Cambridge CampusWinter2024
Level Two 
  • School training: Semester 2
Cambridge CampusSpring/Summer2024
Level Three  
  • Guided Career Management (Program Version 0730G)
  • Co-op work term (Program Version 0730C)

Cambridge Campus


TBD - Industry

Fall 2024
Level Four 
  • School training: Semester 4
Cambridge CampusWinter2025

Note 1: Co-op employment is not guaranteed by Conestoga College.

Note 2: Students who successfully complete the required three levels in-school but are unsuccessful in completing the co-op requirements, may graduate from the Food Processing Technician certificate program without the co-op endorsement. Refer to Co-operative Education for more information.

Current Program Design

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

  1. Log in to the 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'.

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 during level 1. 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 admission to the co-op stream, students are required to achieve a minimum 70% session weighted average with no dropped or failed courses in Level 1.

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

  • Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation modules (CEPR1020).  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 the 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 that 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. 
  • 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.
  • Students may only 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.

For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations and Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures and 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.
  • To participate in a WIL experience/Co-op work term, students must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
  • Students who are not eligible for co-op or do not secure the first work term by the start of the work term semester will be offered the option to enroll in the 15 credit Career Management in Canada GCM2010 co-op alternative.  This co-op alternative involves guided activities involving approximately 2 hours of coaching and advising time per week and additional project work.
  • If GCM2010 is selected, students cannot transfer back into the co-op stream.
  • GCM2010 is delivered online with virtual group coaching/advising session of 2 hours per week.

Academic Information

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. 

​Course Add/Drop​

Information on the course add/ drop process can be found on Conestoga's website; however, it is strongly recommended that students consult the Program Coordinator prior to completing a Course Add/Drop or Audit Form

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.

Program Transfer​

Students who wish to transfer to another program with advanced standing, (e.g. into a related industrial trade program), will need to complete paperwork in advance. Students are to speak with the program coordinator to determine if space exists and to obtain the relevant paperwork. 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.

Awards – College Application Procedure​

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 the Student Portal. Notifications and instructions to complete the application will be sent to all full-time Conestoga 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 - Awards Office on Conestoga's website for more information.

Attendance and Program Standards

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters!  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 or an assessment, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members prior to the class/assessment and access any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. It is your responsibility to attend all evaluations (e.g. test, exam, presentation, etc...). 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, commuting, or vacation plans.  

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate the dates of each evaluation at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • As per the Religious Holiday Procedure, provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • To provide all accommodations requested by Accessible Learning.
  • To consider alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine the unique circumstances (e.g., unexpected family obligations, personal emergencies, etc...) and collaboratively determine an appropriate solution.
  • Note, do not request doctor's notes from students.

Student Responsibilities

  • To review the instructional plan and familiarize with the dates of evaluation.
  • As per the Religious Holiday Procedure, inform your faculty member in writing that the religious holiday defined by the College Employer Council will occur during the semester and may require considerations for evaluations to be rescheduled.
  • If you must 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.
  • As soon as possible, email the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed and arrange for appropriate follow-up. 

Documentation for Absences

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances, such as brief illness, do arise during the term. As a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary or possible, we do not ask you to provide a doctor's note except in exceptional circumstances.       

If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (e.g., experiential activity, lab, or a group presentation) your professor may provide you with a revised assignment or allocate its marks to another evaluation item, so long as the combined total does not exceed 40% of the course grade. This will be communicated to you by email.

Attendance - Program Standard​

Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality, attendance and safety as would be required by the business or industry in which they expect to be employed.

Attendance for each course will be monitored.  If a student knows in advance that they will miss one or more classes, they must report the absence in the Student Portal before the occurrence. As an additional courtesy,  the student may choose to notify the faculty.   

Please refer to the Attendance at Evaluations section in this handbook for additional details.

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.

Evaluations (Deadlines, Tests and Examinations) – Program Standard​

The IFPT has programs directly associated with industries that require a commitment to deadlines. As part of our role as an educational institute, we emulate the 'real world of work' to provide students with the opportunity to recognize the essential skills required to be successful in their future career(s).  As such, the IFPT will not accept late submission of assignments and projects unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Please refer to the Attendance at Evaluations section of this handbook for additional details.

Academic Progress Through the Program

Academic Progression

The college's approach to academic progression is governed by the Promotion Decision Procedure.

A student's academic achievement results in a promotion decision, such as eligible to continue, graduate, and discontinued.

Progress from one level to the next in a program is dependent upon the successful completion of courses and/or meeting program promotion standards.

​Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements – Program Standard​

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have fulfilled the program design requirements necessary to graduate. If for any reason a student is concerned about their academic progress, they should arrange to meet with the corresponding faculty member or with the program coordinator.  Failure or withdrawal from any course(s) may result in the student not being promoted to the next academic level.

If a student withdraws from the program for any reason, they have a maximum of five years from their original start date in order to complete the program requirements and earn the related and current certificate or diploma. If the program design changes significantly during this timeframe there may be the necessity to fulfill additional program requirements.

Common Academic Decisions

At the end of each level/semester, the program team will review the grades of the student.  Below are the most common academic decisions issued by the program team:

Eligible to Continue

Students that pass all courses, and complete their electives, are eligible to continue in the program.

Decisions (Pending)

Supplemental Assessment: Students who have failed no more than two courses in the semester, may request a supplemental assessment (a "make-up") for one of the failed courses. It is the student's responsibility to check the grade postings. It is not the responsibility of the professor to seek out the student and offer a supplemental. Supplemental Assessments may be approved by faculty, or the program team, if the student meets the following academic criteria in accordance with the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure:

  1. A final course grade within 10% of the passing mark of the course and no lower than 50% (e.g., If the passing grade is 55%, a final grade between 50-54% would be eligible. If the passing grade is 60%, a final grade between 50%-59% would be eligible.)
  2. Attended 80% or more of the classes and labs of the course in question.
  3. No more than one Supplemental Assessment per semester. 
  4. Must have passed at least one formal evaluation in the course.
  5. Not have a registered academic offence during the course.
The Supplemental Assessment must be completed within three weeks from the end of the semester.  To register for a Supplemental, the student must have an Authorization for Supplemental form completed and signed by the program coordinator and course professor and must submit the appropriate fee to the Registrar's Office.

Failure in the Supplemental exam will result in no change to the original course grade.  Successful completion of the Supplemental Assessment will result in the minimum passing grade being awarded.  The final grade as a result of the Supplemental will be automatic and is ineligible for appeal. The full details are outlined within the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure.

Discontinuance, Withdrawals and Probation

If a student fails an elective course they must make up the credits prior to the completion of the program. If the failed course occurs in the final semester of the program, the student has five years from their start date in the program to earn the missing credits.

If a student fails a core course, i.e. non-elective, they may be discontinued in the program. Students may also be discontinued from a program based on misconduct, or in some sponsored programs, for lack of attendance.

Students who wish to terminate their studies must officially withdraw from their program in writing by completing the Withdrawal Form.  Students who do not officially withdraw are still liable for outstanding fees and may not be eligible for a refund.  Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal and academic records may reflect failures.

Discontinuance:  Registered but Did Not Attend (DNA)

A missed course, DNA, will be considered as a course failure (mark of "F") for purposes of discontinuance.  Refer to Academic Dates for the refund deadline.

Academic Decision Program Standards

"F" = Failed; "DNA" = Did Not Attend (Missed); "W" – Withdrawn (Dropped);

"ISE" – Interdisciplinary Studies Electives (General Elective)

​1st Year​ ​(Terms 1&2)
CODEDECISIONMaximum Number of FAILED + MISSED + DROPPED (exclusive of General Elective)
02PROMOTED to YEAR 2( 0 )
03PROMOTED TO YEAR 2 with "Special Timetable" See note #2( 1 - 3 )
06DISCONTINUED – not allowed to continue in the Program - See note #3( 4 or More )
​​2nd Year (Terms 3&4, or additional terms)
CODEDECISIONMaximum Number of FAILED + MISSED + DROPPED (exclusive of General Elective)
01PROGRAM COMPLETED, (qualified to graduate)( 0 )
04REMAIN IN YEAR 2 with "Special Timetable"( 1 - 5 )
05PENDING - decision deferred due to special circumstances

DISCONTINUED - may not continue in the Program

See note #3

( 6 or More ) or

Has failed one course for the third time

Students participating in academic offences are subject to Conestoga's Academic Offences Policy and Procedures listed here on the website.

Note #1

  1. Courses dropped after the refund deadline "W", and missed courses "DNA", will be considered as a Failure for purposes of discontinuance.  Refer to the student guide for the refund deadline.       

Note #2  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. 
  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 (General Electives) may be taken in a semester.

Note #3  "DISCONTINUED" Students should note the following:

  1. The student may apply to return to the College as a "Part Time" student.
  2. The student may be allowed to take a maximum of 3 courses in this Program per semester, including any "Interdisciplinary Studies Elective" courses.
  3. Priority for seats in a class is given first to "Regular" students, then to "Special Timetable Students" and lastly to "Part-Time Students".
  4. To graduate from this program, you must request and be granted re-admission to this Program.
  5. All failed courses must be cleared before re-admission to this Program will be allowed.
  6. Re-admission to this program will be allowed only for the start of the Fall Semester of the following year. Once discontinued, a student has to be away from the Full-Time stream for a year. The student can take Part-Time courses during this time. 
Note #4
  1. The program faculty reserve the right to modify the implementation of the above policy, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.
For further information on discontinuance, withdrawals and probation, visit the Admissions section of the college website.


Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op work terms if applicable. 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. Rules surrounding graduating with merit are outlined in the academic recognition section of Conestoga's website.

Equipment and Facility Information

Program Technology Requirements

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. 

Required Equipment, Supplies and Texts​

Faculty members are responsible for distributing a suggested minimum tool list, where applicable. Texts required for each course are included in the pertinent course outline.

Pilot plant and maintenance shop labs will require non-slip, CSA approved (green triangle patch) safety shoes or boots to be worn at all times; access to labs will be denied in the absence of safety shoes.  Lab coats will also be needed by each student attending Pilot lab sessions.  Lab coats should be white, long sleeve, full length with no pockets above the waist, and no buttons (only metal detectable snaps).  Students are required to obtain these supplies prior to attending lab.

​​​​Facility Information, After-Hours Access Policy & Parking

Students are NOT permitted to be in the Pilot Plant (Manufacturing Lab) without direct supervision from faculty or a technologist at any time. 

After-hours access is described in the section above. Students are required to follow communicated access and safety requirements, protocols, and regulations to ensure the safety and security of all persons and property. Additional details on the after-hours access policy can be found in the Student Guide.

A system of paid parking is in place at Doon, Cambridge, Guelph, and Waterloo. Information on parking regulations and permits can be found in the Parking Services section of the college's website.

Room Access

When individuals are given permission to access campus spaces, they must comply with all restrictions, protocols, and rules that may be communicated by the college or faculty to protect individuals, equipment, and facilities.  Students must leave the classroom/computer lab if requested to do so by security, maintenance, and/or cleaning staff. 

Classrooms, Computer Labs and Shop Access

There is no food permitted in any classroom, computer lab, or shop.  Beverages are permitted in unbreakable, re-sealable containers; however, they must be kept away from any computers or other sensitive equipment. 

Access to shops and the use of equipment outside of regularly scheduled class times is not permitted without written permission from the faculty and the presence of either the faculty or the technologist. For safety reasons, access will only be granted to a minimum of three people.

Please visit the Lockers page on the college website.

Basic Safety

Students are required to sign a Conestoga College Institute of Food Processing Technology Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form (if applicable to program), which will be provided by the faculty at the start of the program. 

Any student who is under the influence, or is deemed to be under the influence, of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed entry into the shop. The student will have to meet with the program coordinator and chair to discuss readmission to the shop.

Emergency Procedures

For life-threatening emergencies, from any landline:

DIAL 9 (for outside line), then dial 911.

Notify the Security Office at ext. 3357 whenever emergency response personnel are contacted. The Security Office should also be contacted whenever there is an individual requiring medical attention but is not life-threatening or whenever there is a minor injury and no medical attention is required. Conestoga College (Doon) has a nurse on duty Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. who can be reached at ext. 3254.

There is an Emergency Guide located on Conestoga College's webpage for information on how to respond to emergency situations.

Faculty will discuss the following at the beginning of each semester:

  1. Fire Exits - the closest fire exit and any alternates
  2. Fire Alarms - the location of the nearest pull station
  3. First Aid Locations – usually the closest Security Desk/Office
  4. Telephones - the nearest telephone to report accidents, illnesses or emergencies
  5. First Aiders - identify lab faculty and staff who are trained in first aid

All accidents and injuries must be reported by the student within 24 hours to the program chair or program manager and an Incident Report Form will be completed and submitted to the Occupational Health and Safety Office (

Machine Operation and Safety

Machine operation and safety requirements will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course, as necessary. Students will sign-off after they have received safety training relevant to the machinery in use. Students must not use any equipment for which they have not received training or which they do not feel comfortable using.

A student who does not follow appropriate safety measures and puts themself and/or others at risk may be asked to leave the shop by the faculty, technician or staff. It will be the student's responsibility to make up for the content missed while away from the shop.

Mandatory Training - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

WHMIS training is mandatory for all students.  During their studies and or field placements, students will be required to work with or in proximity to WHMIS-controlled products at the college.  Conestoga College maintains a database of Material Safety Data Sheets located online.

Good Manufacturing Practices - Program Standard

Students are required to demonstrate the same adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) as would be required by the business or industry in which they expect to be employed.  Therefore, students need to be aware of the following personal expectations in regard to dress and hygiene in order to participate in the Pilot Plant (Manufacturing Lab) portion of this program:

  • Jewelry - No jewelry of any kind is permitted in the Pilot Plant.  This includes, but is not limited to rings, earrings, necklaces, watches, facial piercings, anklets, bracelets, bangles etc., regardless of the material of construction (metal, thread, rubber, plastic etc.).  Students should seek out the help of a professional for removal of jewelry that is challenging to remove due to swelling/growth or requires a tool for removal. Piercings that are new will need to be removed.
  • Long hair must be tied back/secured.  Hairnets and beard nets (as required, more than 1 day of growth) must be worn.
  • No nail polish, paint, lacquer or false nails.
  • No excessive makeup.
  • No perfume or cologne.
  • Full-length pants (no shorts, capris) are required.  All clothing must be in good repair (no rips, frays) and in clean condition.
  • No loose coats or clothing items, no hoodies
  • Lab Coat – A white lab coat, metal snaps ONLY (no buttons), no pockets, must be worn in the Pilot Plant.  The lab coat can be obtained from the Conestoga Bookstore for a nominal fee. 

Please note: Participation in the Pilot Lab sessions occurs throughout the delivery of the program.  Students will need to be prepared to meet these requirements on a daily basis.  Failure to meet GMP requirements may result in denied access to the labs and missed learning opportunities for the student.  Any missed learning is the student's responsibility.

Physical Protection / Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)​

For classes with a shop component, the following are the minimum PPE requirements:

  1. CSA-approved (Omega Symbol recommended) steel toe work boots or shoes
  2. CSA-approved clear-lensed safety glasses (no tint)

Students are required to comply with all additional safety and access requirements, protocols and rules that are communicated by faculty or, staff and campus signage for the protection of persons and property.  Faculty and staff will monitor the student's compliance with college and class-specific safety requirements and may restrict access to the shops if safety policy and requirements are not followed.

Use of Electronic Devices in Classrooms and Labs

Electronic devices may be used for learning or instructional purposes in classrooms, shops and labs. Professors or technologists may request devices to be put away when a safety issue or distraction occurs in the classroom or lab. Devices used for accommodations are always welcome. Unauthorized devices in a testing situation will result in an academic offence and a mark of zero.

Student Engagement

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.

​​Student Feedback

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

Ontario College Student Experience Survey

All college programs in the province are evaluated using the Ontario College Student Experience Survey. This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes - every student is invited to participate in each year of their program. 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 the Full-SAT. The Early Course Check-in is 8-12 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. 

Student Representation

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) is the official student association representing all full-time, fee-paying students. CSI and Conestoga agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student / faculty meeting, provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.

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.

Co-Curricular Portal

Activities within Conestoga's Co-Curricular Portal (CCP) enhance students' growth and development outside the classroom. The Co-Curricular Record is an official document, complementary to an academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that has been achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga College.

Conestoga 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.​​ 

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.

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.

Program Handbook Revision Log

June 2023
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