English Language Proficiency

Find out more about the Language Proficiency Assessment requirements

English language proficiency requirements

In addition to meeting the academic admission requirements, all applicants to CCTB must provide proof of English proficiency to be considered for admission.

Submission of English Language Test Scores

Applicants may receive direct admission by submitting valid results of a recognized English language test scores with their application:

Business Programs Required English proficiency level
Digital Marketing with Co-op IELTS Academic 5.0 or equivalent
Business Administration with Co-op
Business Management with Co-op
Hospitality Programs Required English proficiency level
Hospitality and Tourism Administration with Co-op IELTS Academic 5.0 or equivalent
Hospitality and Tourism Management with Co-op
Technology Programs Required English proficiency level
Cybersecurity Analyst with Practicum IELTS Academic 5.5 or equivalent
Cybersecurity Risk Management with Co-op
Software Quality Assurance Engineering with Practicum
Software Quality Assurance Engineering with Co-op
Data Engineering and Analytics with Co-op
User Experience and Interactive Design with Co-op
Full-Stack Web Development with Co-op
Security Operations Analyst with Co-op (Postgraduate) IELTS Academic 6.0 or equivalent

Completion of an ESL Pathway Program

Proof can be provided through successful completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) or an English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program at a college, university or approved pathway language organization. CCTB also accepts Proof of English proficiency documents from Languages Canada approved members. 

Please find below a non-exhaustive list of English proficiency partners and required levels.  

EAP Education Pathway Partner

Minimum English Proficiency Requirement Level

IELTS Academic 5.0 IELTS Academic 5.5 IELTS Academic 6.0


Level 3 UPP Level 4 UPP Level 5 UPP

EC English

B1+ (Intermediate) B2 (Upper Intermediate) B2+ (Pre-Advanced)

Oxford International Education Group

Pathway Level 5 Pathway Level 6 Pathway Level 7

Proof can be provided based on previous education completed with English as the language of instruction.

Level of Study Minimum Requirement
Secondary education Three years of non-ESL studies in an English-speaking country
Post-secondary Two years of non-ESL studies in an English-speaking country
Postgraduate One year of non-ESL studies in an English-speaking country*

*Proof of medium of instruction may be requested

Countries recognized where English is a primary language

American Samoa Falkland Islands Malawi Sierra   Leone
Anguilla Fiji Malta* Singapore
Antiqua and Barbuda Gambia Mauritius* Solomon Islands
Australia Ghana Montserrat South Africa*
Bahamas Gibraltar New Zealand Tanzania
Barbados Grenada Nigeria Trinidad & Tobago
Belize Guam Philippines* Turks   & Caicos
Bermuda Guyana Rwanda* Uganda
Botswana Ireland St. Helena United Kingdom
Cameroon* Jamaica St. Kitt’s & Nevis USA
Canada** Kenya St. Lucia Virgin Islands (British and US)
Cayman Island Lesotho St. Vincent & The Grenadines Zambia
Dominica Liberia Seychelles Zimbabwe

CCTB reserves the right to waive language proficiency requirements for these selected countries that succeed in providing a stamped letter from the institution/board/ministry confirming the English language as a medium of instruction for completed secondary and/or post-secondary education.

Applicants that have completed at least one year of post-secondary studies (two terms) from a private institution in Canada may be exempt from providing additional proof of English if Admissions is able to confirm the initial English requirements to enter the desired program.


Admissions procedure

All required documents must be submitted before enrolment into a program. If the student does not yet meet all academic and English language proficiency requirements, their admission will not be processed.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the territories on which CCTB and its campus are situated are the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We thank them for having cared for this land since time immemorial, honour their graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here, and iterate our dedication to valuing the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples and communities.