The Ontario Secondary School Certificate

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, provided that they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:

Compulsory Credits (total of 7)

  • 2 credits in English
  • 1 credit in Mathematics
  • 1 credit in Science
  • 1 credit in Canadian History OR Canadian Geography
  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education
  • 1 credit in the Arts OR Technological Education

The Certificate of Accomplishment

Students who leave school before fulfilling the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain vocational programs or other kinds of further training, or who plan to find employment after leaving school.


In order to ensure that all students can qualify for the OSSD or the Certificate of Education, principals may substitute among the compulsory credits as follows:

  • Up to three compulsory credits may be replaced by additional courses from the remainder of those listed as compulsory.
  • A maximum of one credit earned for a learning strategies course may be used through substitution to meet a compulsory credit requirement.
  • Parental approval of such a substitution shall be provided in writing.
  • Each substitution shall be noted on the Ontario Student Transcript.