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Career Colleges

Career Colleges, also known as private vocational schools, offer over 150 vocational training programs in Saskatchewan to prepare students for employment in a specific occupation such as business, massage therapy, fashion, esthetics, hairstyling, dog grooming and more. These schools are privately owned and operated but must be registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education and have approval of the programs they offer. 

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1. List of Registered Private Vocational Schools

There are two types of private vocational schools in Saskatchewan, Category I schools and Category II schools.

Category I schools offer vocational training to fee-pay students; and

Category II schools offer vocational training that is contracted by a sponsor (Worker's Compensation Board, First Nations Band, employer, provincial or federal government).

Category I Schools

Category I Schools Phone Location
Academy of Fashion Design 306-978-9088 : Saskatoon
Academy of Learning Career College 306-445-8188 North Battleford
Academy of Learning Career College 306-373-8700 Saskatoon
Academy of Learning Career College, Wascana Campus 306-373-8700 Regina
Apex Academy of Professional Grooming and Animal Arts 306-533-9155 Regina
Avant-Garde College 306-522-6083 Regina
Axiom Career College Inc. 306-952-0510 Saskatoon
Canadian Revival Training Centre Inc. 306-763-5014 Prince Albert
Elite Hairstyling & Esthetics Training Center 306-972-9001 Moose Jaw
The Globe Theatre Conservatory 306-525-6400 Regina
MC College 306-664-2474 Saskatoon
McKay Career Training Inc. 306-955-2622 Saskatoon
Medavie HealthEd 902-407-3272 Saskatoon
Practicum Training Institute Inc. 306-955-0079 Saskatoon
Professional Institute of Massage Therapy Ltd. 306-955-5862 Saskatoon
The Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon 306-292-6744 Saskatoon
Saskatoon Business College Ltd. 306-244-6333 Saskatoon
Saskatoon Spa Academy Ltd. 306-477-0187 Saskatoon
The Style Academy Inc. 306-522-2077 Regina
Timeless Instruments 306-759-2042 Tugaske
Western Academy Broadcasting College Ltd. 306-665-1771 Saskatoon
Western College of Remedial Massage Therapies Inc. 306-757-2242 Regina
Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy Institute Inc. (WHEAT) 204-293-3839 Saskatoon

Category II Schools

Category II Schools Phone Location
Academy of Professional First Nation Mechanics 306-261-1023 Saskatoon
Ignite Adult Learning Corporation 306-522-4493 Regina
INtouch Career College 306-781-0360 Regina
Keewatin Career Development Corporation 306-425-4778 La Ronge
Mechanical Contractors Association of Saskatchewan Inc. 306-664-2154 Saskatoon
Moose Jaw Multicultural Council Inc. 306-693-4677 Moose Jaw
Nuna Logistics Partnership 306-763-7795 Prince Albert
Prairie Arctic Trades Training Centre Ltd. 306-382-4355 Saskatoon
Regina
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy 639-625-3071 Regina
Western Trade Training Institute 306-863-2278 Melville

Some schools and programs are not required to register under The Private Vocational Schools Regulation Act, 1995 and The Private Vocational Schools Regulations, 2014 including:

  1. a school governed by The Educational Act, by any other Act or by any Act of the Parliament of Canada;
  2. a school operated by a professional organization where the training or instruction is part of professional requirements, or is part of professional development;
  3. a school operated or provided by an employer or group of employers for employees or an employer association;
  4. a school operated by an employee association for members of the employee association;
  5. a school or institution that is prescribed in the regulations such as:
    • midwives;
    • practitioners of natural healing;
    • performers;
    • other personal service occupations; and,
  6. a school or institution that offers only correspondence, home study courses and/or online courses.
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2. Enrolment and Signing an Enrolment Contract

The Enrolment Contract

Once you have identified a school that interests you, you should make arrangements to visit and gather more information. Schools are required to post their Certificate of Registration with a list of their registered and approved programs in a prominent location. Ask to see the certificate and list of programs.

Do not enrol or sign any documents with a school that is not registered unless that school is not required to register (see exceptions above).

If you are uncertain about whether or not the school you are considering is properly registered, contact the Ministry of Advanced Education to ask for assistance.

Student Enrolment Contract Requirements

After you have selected a private vocational school, have applied for admission, and have been accepted, you will be asked to sign a student enrolment contract. The contract should contain the following items:

  1. The name and address of the school, and the name of the program.
  2. The start and end dates of the program.
  3. A reference to the tuition refund regulations (see below).
  4. The date the contract is entered into.
  5. The name, mailing address and signature of the student or guardian.
  6. The signature of a school official.
  7. The total program and material costs.
  8. The payment schedule if paying by instalments.
  9. A copy of the program curriculum including a list of courses in the program of study and the duration of each course.
  10. If the student is under 18, the signature of the person who will be responsible for tuition payments must be included.

Once you have signed the contract, the school must give you an original fully executed, signed contract (not a copy) and maintain a copy for their records. Keep your copy in a safe place. The contract is a legally binding agreement between you and the school.

You are entitled to cancel your contract with the school within 10 days of entering into the student contract if you have not yet attended any program or course. In this case you will receive a full refund of any tuition fees you have paid. You will also be refunded any money you have paid for books, equipment, etc. that you have not yet received. Once you commence your program you may still cancel your contract but the refund amount will vary depending on the length of time that has passed since the program started. See Tuition Refund Policies below.

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3. Tuition Refund Policies

It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand the full costs and the fee structure for the program in which you register. Fees may include a registration fee (non-refundable), tuition, learning resources (textbooks, materials, kit, equipment), other fees (field trips, examinations, etc.) and contract extension fees.

If you decide to cancel your contract and provide notice of your intention to cancel prior to the start of your program, the school must refund all tuition fees you have paid and the costs of any learning resources you have paid for but not yet received.

Tuition Refund Policies

All registered private vocational schools are required to have a tuition refund policy. If you decide to withdraw from your program after it has begun, you should immediately give the school written notice of your intention to withdraw.

Once you have given notice of your intention to withdraw, the school must refund a proportion of the tuition you have paid according to these guidelines:;

Per Cent of Program Hours Delivered Per Cent of Tuition Refundable
20% or less 75%
20% - 50% 40%
More than 50% 0

If you have a student loan, refunds are applied directly to your student loan account.

Important Note About Absence

If you are absent from a program for 21 consecutive calendar days you are deemed to have discontinued the course or program. The operator of the school will provide written notice to inform you of the refund you may be owed based on the guidelines above. However, during the time of your absence, you are still considered to be enrolled in the program and the amount of refund you receive may be significantly reduced, even to zero.

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4. Certificates Diplomas and Transcripts

Upon successful completion of a program, and after all fees owing to the schools have been paid, you are entitled to immediately receive a certificate or diploma that signifies your successful completion of the program.

You are also entitled to receive a copy of your transcript of marks showing your successful completion of the program.

To request a copy of your transcript or certificate, please contact the school directly. If the school has closed, please contact:

Universities and Private Vocational Schools Branch
Ministry of Advanced Education
phone: (306) 787-5763
email: pvsinquiry@gov.sk.ca

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5. Addressing a Problem or Concern

All private vocational schools are required to have an established procedure for resolving disputes. This procedure must specify how you should raise a concern, which school official you should give it to, and how your concern will be handled.

If you have a complaint, try to resolve it with the school by following the established procedures. If you are unable to reach a satisfactory resolution, you can contact the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Universities and Private Vocational Schools Branch by phone at 306-787-5763 or by email at pvsinquiry@gov.sk.ca.

The Ministry will ask you to submit, in writing, the important details of your complaint with the school by using the Student Complaint Form. The Ministry will review the submitted Student Complaint Form, and if it is determined that your complaint demonstrates that the school may be in non-compliance with legislative requirements, ministry staff will work with the school to ensure it is in compliance.

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