Skills Ontario Competition - Post Secondary - FAQ

Can anyone attend the Skills Ontario Competition?

Yes, students, educators, industry and the general public are welcome to attend the Skills Ontario Competition as spectators and it is FREE to attend. 

As a teacher, how do I prepare my student to compete at the Skills Ontario Competition?

Each contest has a document called a scope that will help educators and students understand what will happen once they arrive at the Skills Ontario Competition. The scope will provide all the information needed to prepare for a positive experience during the contest.  Please review our competitor preparation document HERE for a step-by-step of how to prepare for the Skills Ontario Competition.

Who determines the projects and scope for each contest?

Skills Ontario relies on industry and education experts to design the technical components of each contest. The contests are designed to balance the following components - prepare students for jobs in industry, cover material from the curriculum they are taught in education and prepare students for the next level of competition.

Who can reserve a space for the Skills Ontario Competition?

Only the college contact may reserve spaces in these events. Teachers that have interested students must go through their college contact to request a space. If you do not know who your college contact is, please contact Maresa MacAskill at mmacaskill@skillsontario.com

College Contacts can learn more about the registration process from the supporting documents posted at our registeration site located HERE.

When should college contacts register for the Skills Ontario Competition?

As soon as the registration site opens – Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 9:00am. These events are very popular and there is limited space, so it is important that if you are interested, you request your space as early as possible.  Please also note that due to the extreme popularity of some events, waitlists can begin within the first five minutes of the site opening.

How many contest spaces does each college get?

For post-secondary level events at the Skills Ontario Competition, the number of spaces varies by contest.  Most contests allow each college to request up to two spaces, but some only allow one.  College contacts will receive a list that specifies how many spaces per contest, prior to registration opening.  The college must choose a team to fill their spaces before the registration deadline in March. The selection process varies from college to college. The college contact will have more information on the selection process.

The online system is set up so that it will only allow a college contact to request as many as the maximum that is set for that event. This makes it impossible to request additional spaces.

A student has backed out, can I replace them?

Yes, substitutions will be accepted up until Friday, April 18, 2018. To substitute a student, you will just need to have the new student log in with the old student’s username and password. The page should say “Welcome, (old student’s name)” – and there will be a place in the middle of the screen where you can click to add a substitute, then a blank form will come up for them to fill out. Once you click “Update”, you can generate a participation waiver for the new student to take home to be signed.

Teachers will need to verify this switch with their board contact, especially if the student competed at a regional/board level competition to earn the space.

When should students enter their information into the online system?

Students may enter their information once they have received the username and password from their board contact. All students should be registered in the system by the deadline of March 23, 2018. Substitutions will be accepted up until Friday, April 18, 2018 – after this date, the site will be locked and no changes to registrations will be allowed. Students not registered before this date WILL NOT be permitted to compete.

When should I fax the signed student participation waivers?

As soon as possible. Teachers should be sending their waivers to their board contact, so the board contact can send all competitors' waivers at once to Skills Ontario.

Can I check the status of my registrations?

Only the person who reserved the spaces (the college contact) can check the status of the registrations.  After your competitor has registered, you should ask your college contact to check that the registration is showing as completed in their account.

If a teacher enters their email address in the designated field in the competitor registration, they will receive a confirmation email of the registration.

 

If you have any questions regarding registration or need more guidance, please contact Maresa MacAskill by phone at 519.749.9899 ext. 228, toll-free at 888.228.5446 ext. 228 or by email at mmacaskill@skillsontario.com