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Education and ongoing learning are essential ingredients to any successful career in the digital age - and that's especially true for iT professionals. In fact, the iT workforce is very well educated - more than three-quarters of iT workers have post-secondary education.

What's typically needed
For careers in iT, typically you need an iT degree/diploma, as well as some form of iT certification.

  • iT degree/diploma
    For an iT degree/diploma, you may choose from (a) community colleges and universities across Canada that offer three- or four-year programs, or (b) private career colleges that provide shorter, more focused training. For mature professionals who have no previous iT exposure and want to complete their schooling in a short timeframe, the best bet may be a private college. 
  • iT certification
    iT certifications have become the industry standard for alerting a potential employer to your skills. Discover more in the Certification section.

Want to know which schools across Canada offer iT studies? Check out the online schools database maintained by the Information and Communications Technology Council - it features a listing of Canadian universities, colleges, career colleges and university colleges that offer post-secondary iT programs.

A Changing World
After high school, university was traditionally thought of as the logical next step in a student's education. But this has changed. More often, information-based industries are looking for applied technology professionals to add to their workforce.

While public college and university programs may provide some of the background required to obtain certification, they may not fully prepare students for certification. Many college and university graduates subsequently enroll in private career college programs to get hands-on, applied technology training. For those already educated at a community college or university, your academic credentials are complementary to the professional certifications you'll obtain from a private career college.

Key facts about future iT jobs

>Approximately half of the workers needed will require university schooling

>Roughly 30% or more will require college training

Certify your skills

>Prepare yourself for the future

>Increase your marketability

>Prove your skills



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