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General Arts & Science Certificate- Pre-Trades Stream

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston


The General Arts and Science (Certificate) program offers a foundational year for students preparing for the workforce or for future study. Students in the Trades stream participate in core Arts and Science courses including applied communications, computers, mathematics, and professional effectiveness in conjunction with a series of hands-on carpentry, automotive and welding shops.  Additionally, students are exposed to online education by way of a general education elective. 


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Program Name

General Arts & Science Certificate- Pre-Trades Stream

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 semesters in 1 year (500 hours)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fee: $2,935.68. Compulsory fee: $773.35. All fees are subject to change in 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fee: $13,800.00. Compulsory fee: $1,606.35. All fees are subject to change in 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
COMM 62 Skilled Trades Applied Communications
COMP 201 Basic Computer Applications
CARP 107A Fundamental Skills in Carpentry
CARP21 General Construction Mathmatics
GENE 60 Contemporary Topics in the Workplace
MOTO 101 Work Practices I
WELD 1111 Trade Practices

Semester 2
AUTO 1401 Automotive After Market
COMM 42 Critical Thinking Skills
GENE 34 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
WELD 1217 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
WELD 99 Welding Technology
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Bonus Points

Full-time General Arts and Science students who achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better for at least one semester will receive an additional 10 percent in their admission assessment when applying to any post-secondary diploma program at St. Lawrence College. This will be particularly beneficial for programs that are highly competitive and therefore ranked.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


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    Julie Smith

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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