Classification of highest certificate, diploma or degree
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma (highest)
Program of 3 months or more but less than 1 year (College, CEGEP and other non-university certificates or diplomas) (highest)
Program of 1 to 2 years (College, CEGEP and other non-university certificates or diplomas) (highest)
Earned doctorate (highest)
This category refers to persons who have obtained a doctorate degree awarded by a university. This includes, for example, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD). It does not include persons who have received an honorary doctorate unless they were also awarded a doctorate on the basis of educational attainment at a university.
Highest certificate, diploma or degree implies a hierarchy of educational credentials; however, in a number of instances, the levels are not entirely
hierarchical when comparing programs across different types of institutions.
While the classes of this classification represent Canadian awards and qualifications, this standard does not exclude equivalent qualifications obtained from accredited educational institutions or government bodies in other countries.
The classes in this classification pertain to the highest certificate diploma or degree obtained. Accordingly, the definitions indicate "highest" in brackets. These definitions do not refer to certificates diplomas or degrees "ever obtained" or to that which is "most recent".
Where "highest" appears in brackets in the class name, it may be omitted when the context provides clarification.
Where "College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma" appears in brackets in the class name, it may be omitted when the context provides clarification.
Date modified: 2015-04-27Source: www.statcan.gc.ca