Frequently Asked Questions

How many years is the program?

This is a 4 year program with a 5th year option. Classroom modules take place over 4 years. The practical training can also be completed in this time. But, there is the option to do a 5th year if you need more time to complete your practical training. The optional 5th year is tuition exempt.

Is September the only time your program begins?

No. The school runs year round offering winter and summer semesters. Students can begin the program in September or in March. If you choose the winter semester for classes to start, you complete your practical training in the summer semester. If you choose the summer semester for classes, you complete your practical training in the winter semester. Class dates are fixed, practical training is flexible. Students choose their start dates for classroom/practical based on whichever time of year is better suited for each component.

What is the student-to-teacher ratio?

This is a major strength of the CAO. Typically, there is a 1:4 to 1:6 teacher-to-student ratio which is extremely important for the students to have individualized attention.

Is the program full-time or part-time?

The curriculum is considered full-time, but it is offered in a modified attendance format. This means that students come to the CAO for classes 5 consecutive days a month during their classroom semester each year. This enables students to continue to work full-time as they study.

Is there Tutoring or Support for Students?

Yes! the CAO provides ongoing support throughout the program: group tutorials, one-on-one teaching sessions, mentoring partnerships, AP reviews, exam-prep tutorials and more.

What is the CAO’s drop-out rate?

The CAO has a virtually zero drop-out rate. Although the occasional student may leave or defer due to personal circumstances, mostly every student who begins the program at the CAO successfully graduates from the program at the CAO. We do not stack our year 1 class, expecting half the students to drop out. When we accept a student into the program, we want to see them on graduation day, and we support our students every step of the way to make that happen.