Skills Ontario Competition Qualifying Competitions - FAQ

What is a Qualifying Competition?
In order to compete at the Skills Ontario Competition in any one of the four most popular secondary level contests (Carpentry-Individual, Culinary Arts, TV & Video Production - Team of 2, or Welding), competitors must first qualify at the Qualifying Competition. The competition can be intense as students from multiple school boards compete against each other at provincial standards. Only the top competitors advance* in the above-listed four competitions.  * Please see Competition Information Package for Qualifying advancement.

What is involved in the contest?
The projects that competitors must complete at the Qualifying Contests take a full day and test similar skills to the projects at the Skills Ontario Competition. The scopes, projects, judging criteria and score sheets for each contest are created by Qualifying Technical Committees consisting of one representative from each host college and the corresponding Skills Ontario Competition contest Technical Committee Chair. The criteria and standards created by the Qualifying Technical Committees are used at all Qualifying Competition locations to maintain consistency across the province.

How should I prepare for my Qualifying Competition?
• Ensure that you are registered. Competitors’ spaces are reserved at the school board level.
• Review the Scope (a document that provides all the details on each contest). Scopes become available in January (top of page / right-hand side) and are subject to change up to one month before the competition date. You can access the scopes in the side-menu at the top of this page by clicking on the name of the associated contest listed above.
• Ensure that you pack all necessary safety equipment and tools.

Where are the competitions held?
Qualifying Competitions are hosted by eight community colleges across the province.  To find out what college you would compete at, please review the lists included in the Competition Information Package posted at the right of this page.  Click on the name of the college to access a location - specific information package. The packages provide directions, maps, information on meals, agendas, accommodations and advancement (click on the Qualifying location below to view general information details).

Confederation College - Far Northern Area

Niagara College - Southern Area

Fanshawe College - Western Area

Canadore College - Northern Area

Humber College - Central Area

Georgian College - Near Northern Area

St. Lawrence College - Eastern Area


Where can I get more information?

Please read the Competition Information Package for complete details about the rules for the Qualifying Competition including maximum allowable number of participants from each board, eligibility for advancement to the Skills Ontario Competition, reservation/registration and payment.

If you require any additional information please contact the Competitions Department at