Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS)
Educational qualifications of person, category
Educational qualifications refers to the official confirmation, usually in the form of a certificate, diploma or degree, certifying the successful completion of an education program or a stage of a program. Successful completion of an education program refers to the achievement of specified learning objectives, typically validated through the assessment of acquired knowledge, skills and competencies. The term 'qualification' is synonymous with 'credential'.
Included are qualifications that certify:
i) successful completion of a full education program which results in a certificate, diploma or degree from an accredited educational institution. The certificate, diploma or degree must be awarded principally on the evaluation of student performance and not on attendance;
ii) successful completion of a stage of an education program, such as university transfer programs (non-university programs of one or two years duration that prepare students to enter the first or second year of a university undergraduate degree program);
iii) the achievement of specified learning objectives independent of participation in a formal education program. These qualifications can be granted by accredited educational institutions or provincial, territorial or federal authorities. This includes persons who pass the certification exam to obtain a Certificate of Qualification in the trades from the provincial, territorial or federal authority.
Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.