Metal Fabricator (Apprenticeship)

2021/22 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1173
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 2021-22 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 remote and 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.

Welcome

​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.

Sincerely,​

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
tthoma@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean:
Rebecca Dougherty
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573
rdougherty@conestogac.on.ca

Program Chair
Calin Stoicoiu, P. Eng.
A2205-5 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2272
cstoicoiu@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant to Program Chair:
Fatima Armas
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3342
farmas@conestogac.on.ca  

Program Coordinator & Faculty
Greg McLarty
A3225 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4524
gmclarty@conestogac.on.ca

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.  

Support Services

Records Officer
Welcome Centre - Officer of the Registrar
519-748-5220 ext. 3244
studentrecords@conestogac.on.ca

Apprentice Liason Team:
Accessibility/Academic Support
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2154
apprenticeliaison@conestogac.on.ca

Technical Support
IT Service Desk | Doon 1E12
519-748-5220 ext. 3444
itsdesk@conestogac.on.ca

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Apprenticeship | 4275 King St. E., Suite 200, Kitchener ON N2P2E9
800-387-5656   kitchener.apprenticeship@ontario.ca 

Service Canada
Employment Insurance
800-206-7218  www.servicecanada.gc.ca

Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)
Member Services | 655 Bay St., Suite 600, Toronto, ON M5G 2K4
855-299-0028 info@collegeoftrades.ca

For additional financial and other supports for apprentices and employers, students should visit
Conestoga College's website   www.conestogac.on.ca         

Program Overview

Program Description

The Metal Fabricator (Apprenticeship) program provides the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of metal fabrication together with the practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training with an employer.

The Welder (Apprenticeship) program is delivered at Conestoga's Cambridge campus and provides the theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the regulated and non-regulated welding trade together with the practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training with an employer using highly flexible delivery modes.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are located on the left side navigation bar on program pages:

Program Curriculum Sequence

Apprentices are placed on a waitlist for school based on their 'Program Start Date' with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD). When it is the apprentice's turn to go to school, the MLTSD is responsible for mailing the "Offer of Classroom Training" to each apprentice approximately 90 days prior to the start date of class. Conestoga College does not control when an apprentice is sent an "Offer of Classroom Training". In addition, the apprentice must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) throughout their apprenticeship in order to remain eligible to receive an "Offer of Classroom Training".

Apprentices are issued with an "Apprenticeship Training Standard" from the OCOT in which to track their competencies obtained on the job. Please note that faculty and staff at Conestoga College are not permitted to sign off any skills in the Training Standard.

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 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'.

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 left side navigation bar on program pages:

Program Academic Achievement and Requirements

​​​Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements-Program Standard

If for any reason a student is concerned about their academic progress, they should arrange to meet with a full-time faculty member or the program coordinator.

Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 70 percent in each and every course. Failure or withdrawal from any course will result in the apprentice not being eligible for the next level.

Common Academic Decisions

At the end of each level, the program team reviews apprentices' grades. Below are the most common academic decisions issued by the program team:

Eligible to Continue

Students that pass all reportable subjects (courses) are eligible to continue in the program.

Decisions (Pending)

Supplemental Assessment: Students who have failed one course may request a supplemental assessment (a "make-up") if they meet specific criteria. It is the apprentice's responsibility to check the grade postings. It is not the responsibility of the instructor to seek out the apprentice and offer a supplemental. Supplemental assessments may be approved by faculty, or the program team, if the apprentice meets the following academic criteria and the eligibility criteria outlined within the Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure

  1. The final failing grade must be no less than than 10% below the minimum passing grade of 70 percent.
  2. Attended 80 percent or more of the classes in the course in question.
  3. No more than one other supplemental assessment over the duration of the level.
  4. Must have passed at least one formal evaluation in the course.  
  5. No academic offence during the course.
The supplemental process must be completed within two weeks from the end of the level. To register for a supplemental, the student must meet with the applicable faculty and complete an Authorization for Supplemental form as well as submit the appropriate fee ($40.00) to the Registrar's Office.  The student must provide proof of fee payment at the time of the supplemental exam.

Failure in the supplemental will result in no change to the original course grade. Successful completion of the supplemental evaluation will result in the maximum passing grade of 70 percent 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.

Retaking Failed Courses

If a student has failed one or more courses within a single level of their apprenticeship program, there may be an opportunity for that student to re-take just the failed courses and not the entire level.  If a student would like to be considered for an individual course make-up, they must speak with their Program Coordinator.  The Program Coordinator, in consultation with the Program Chair and Ministry, will determine whether the student can retake the failed course(s) or must retake the entire level.  In both cases, the standard classroom fee for apprentices will apply.

​Discontinuance and Withdrawals

The Minstry mandates that all apprentices must maintain 100 percent attendance in their in-school training. Students who are marked absent for three occurrences may be discontinued from the level. Students may also be discontinued from a level based on misconduct.

For further information on discontinuance, withdrawals, and probation, visit the Admissions section of the college website.

​Graduation

Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study.  Students are expected to respond to their invitation to graduate through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year.  Rules surrounding graduating with merit are outlined on the academic recognition​ section of Conestoga's website.

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.  If a student is struggling with the academic content in any course, they are encouraged to speak with a member of the apprenticeship liaison team (ALT), relevant faculty, or the program coordinator.  An ALT member is available to all students and will provide one-on-one learning support or referrals to other services.  Students can also access the Learning Commons website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including learning skills, peer services, math and writing assistance.

Conestoga College is committed to providing a safe and accessible environment for students with disabilities.  Accommodating disabilities at the college is a shared responsibility between students, faculty, and administration.  Students are responsible for providing relevant and up-to-date documentation of their disability to Accessibility Services when they register.  This documentation will allow the student to be considered for accommodations and access to available services. 

Academic Dates

Follow the link for a listing of important academic dates for the current school year, including a list of holidays when classes are canceled.  Students should be aware that programs within the School of Trades and Apprenticeship do not necessarily follow all of the listed dates.  Speak with the program coordinator regarding program-specific dates, including study week if applicable.

Attendance - Program Standard

In the case of unforeseen circumstances that result in late arrival or early departure, whenever possible, students are expected to communicate this in advance with their faculty.  Otherwise, students who arrive late for a scheduled class may be counted as absent immediately after the start of the class.  Students who leave early, prior to the dismissal time, may also be counted as absent.

The School of Engineering and Technology uses a 'flag' system to track unauthorized absences. The first missed class will result in a verbal warning. The second missed class will result in a 'blue flag' being issued. The third missed class will result in a 'red flag' being issued. At this point, a meeting will take place between the apprentice and program coordinator in consultation with the Minstry and the apprentice runs the risk of being ineligible for supplemental assessment opportunities due to poor attendance as well as possible discontinuance in the program.  A 'day' is determined by the number of equivalent class hours missed, normally set at six hours.  An accumulation of class hours missed over a number of weeks will equate to a day missed.

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 all awards, complete the General Application 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 for more information.  

Awards - Program Specific

Every year, the School of Trades and Apprenticeship hosts an awards ceremony in May where approximately $220,000 worth of monetary and product prizes are awarded to deserving students.  Students are to speak with faculty for more information on possible awards.

Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades

Conestoga College is proud to receive support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation for a new multi-year Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades program to support first-year post-secondary students and apprentices within the School of Trades and Apprenticeship.  Students enrolled in their first year of an Ontario College Diploma OR Ontario College Certificate skilled trades program within many of the construction, industrial, and motive power sector programs are eligible to apply.  Selected students will receive up to $4,000 from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation ($1,000 per semester for up to four semesters, plus an additional incentive grant of $1,000 for graduates who register as an apprentice within two years of graduation) as well as tuition awards from Conestoga College per academic year to assist with tuition fees.  Refer to the Weston Family Scholarship in Skilled Trades webpage for further details, a list of eligible programs, and to apply for the scholarship.

​​​Program Advisory Committee

Many academic programs at Conestoga College have a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which is made up of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. They meet several times a year to discuss the direction in which that industry is heading and any improvements that can be made to keep the program current. This helps to ensure that students are learning material that is relevant to their industry.

At the beginning of each year, the coordinator of the program may ask for student volunteers. The student representatives are expected to attend the meetings. Students must prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Chair/Coordinator which will be presented at the meeting. Students are expected to be professional, dress in casual business attire, and engage in discussions.

​​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. This requirement is effective starting May 6, 2021.  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.​

​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 Program Assistant/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.

Credit Transfer

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. The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website. For more information, visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR page.

​Device (Laptop, Computer, Tablet) Requirements

To effectively participate in remote learning, all students must have reliable internet access and a device that meets the minimum specified requirements identified by their academic program. To determine your academic program's device requirements, please visit your academic program webpage:

​Evaluations (deadlines, tests, and examinations) - Program Standard

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 chosen career.  One of these essential skills is the ability to meet stated deadlines.

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

Attendance - Program Standard

Please refer to the Attendance at Evaluations section in this handbook.  This very important section includes detailed instructions on how to report absences and information on attendance expectations, responsibilities, and processes.  Please note that in addition to reporting any absences in the Student Portal, it is advised that you also inform the faculty of the absence via eConestoga or College email. 

 

​Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition​ (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measureable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses.

Students must be at least 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for PLAR. 

For more information, refer to the PLAR policy and procedure or visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR website. Questions regarding PLAR may be sent to CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca.

​​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 or on the Conestoga website.​​​

Program Transfer (Apprenticeship)

Please note that program transfers are not applicable to apprenticeship training.

​​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 5 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 44 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the faculty menber 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 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2021 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. 

Some programs will be delivered in a hybrid format (a combination of remote and on-campus learning). Other programs will be delivered in a remote format only. Courses in which remote delivery is not possible will be offered entirely through on-campus delivery.

For the Fall, only students who have classes scheduled on campus will be pre-approved to be on-campus. Students need to complete a mandatory pre-approval process before they can attend their class.  Students who do not have scheduled activity are not permitted on-campus. Support services for students will continue to be available remotely.

College Hours

For the Fall 2021 semester, to support physical distancing on campus, full-time courses at Conestoga are delivered Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Effective January 2022: 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

Basic Safety

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

Note: Students may be required to sign a Conestoga College ITAL (CCITAL) Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form depending on program requirements.

Emergency Telephone Messages

It may be necessary for family members to contact a student in an emergency situation. Family members need to know the student number, program name, school, and campus the student is registered in, to aid Security in locating the student. This information will be required when the family member calls. Please have family members contact Security directly at 519-748-5220, ext. 3357 - only if it is an emergency.

​​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, technologist, or staff.  It will be the student's responsibility to make up for the content missed while away from the shop.

​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. Boot or shoe must be a minimum of 6” (150mm) high.​​

2.  CSA-approved clear-lensed safety glasses.

Other physical protection requirements in the shop include:

1.   Long pants must be worn (shorts or capris are not permitted).

2.   Long sleeve, non-synthetic, shirt.

3.   No loose coats or clothing items.

4.   Long hair must be tied back.

5​.   No rings, bracelets, or loose jewelry.

Students are required to comply with any additional personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements and safety protocols as communicated by faculty, staff, and campus signage.  Nitrile gloves are permitted but are not provided.  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.

Cell phones, smart phones and other electronic communication devices may not be used in classrooms and labs without prior permission from the faculty or staff member.

Student Services

​​Student Services information can be found in the Student Guide and or on Conestoga's website.

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
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment 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 / Interdisciplinary Electives

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Interdisciplinary electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program,  diploma General Education and degree Interdisciplinary​ elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives

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.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

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, will require appropriate documentation for verification, 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:  July 16, 2021
Last Updated:  Annual revision​

Date:  July 10, 2020
Last Updated:  Annual revision

Date:  July 2, 2019
Last Updated:  Annual revision

Date:  July 5, 2018
Last Updated:  Annual revision, update to Attendance

Date:  July 4, 2017 
Last Updated:  Annual revision

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 accessibility@conestogac.on.ca 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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