Over the years, we’ve had many questions about the certificate that graduates receive upon completion of a George Brown College online Technical Training Certificate program. We often get questions about what it looks like, its value, the accreditation it carries, and how it prepares you for a career in the industry.

Over the past few years, there has been intense debate about the effectiveness of online classes in comparison to in-class programs. Concerns, such as whether students in online classes acquire the same level of skills and knowledge as those in offline classes, has generated many research studies to answer these questions. The debate is still ongoing, but more and more research is reporting that online education can be just as, if not more, effective than in-class education!

To keep up with the demand for skilled workers and quickly changing technology, adults learners need to stay updated with relevant skills and knowledge. There are now many certificate, diploma, and degree options currently available in an in-class, online, or hybrid learning format, making education very accessible!

Providing job placement services to our GBC Technical Training students and graduates has always been a challenge as our students are so broadly distributed! About 90% of them are spread out across North America, and the remaining 10 % are even further away, ranging from the Australian outback to the oil rigs of the North Sea. 

One of the lesser known facts about GBC Technical Training is that we have a number of partnerships with colleges and universities across the United States, such as MiraCosta College in California, Valencia College in Florida, and Univer

The demand for skilled technical workers continues to grow with technological advancement and shifting economies. For example, consider the demand for electric and hybrid vehicles. This demand has grown significantly over the past few years, leading automotive manufacturers to adapt their production to satisfy consumers and meet emission targets. They are investing in projects such as autonomous technology research, with some of these changes being controversial.

As you’re preparing to graduate from your GBC Technical Training certificate program, it’s important to start thinking about your current and next steps to ensure a successful graduation and transition from the program. It can be challenging when figuring out where to start, so we’ve created a list of tasks and ideas to help you get started with the process!

Graduates throwing caps

With tax season quickly approaching, it’s time to start preparing and gathering all relevant receipts and paperwork to file your taxes! GBC Technical Training students whose tuition fees have totaled at least $100 are eligible to receive a tax credit for tuition fees through the Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate (T2202A). Students can access and download their T2202A from their online student account, which will account for all programs paid for during the 2018 calendar year.

Did you know there are two ways to register for our online technical training certificate programs? George Brown College’s School of Distance Education makes it convenient and affordable for students to register by allowing them to either: 1) register and pay for the entire program through a full program registration, or 2) pay in installment-type payments through the Pay-as-you-learn registration.

Students that choose Pay-as-you-learn have an initial registration cost, and will pay for the other modules when they are ready to study them. The initial cost covers:

Online courses and programs have gained massive popularity in the past few years, attracting a large and diverse population of learners.