4021 – College and other vocational instructors

College and other vocational instructors teach applied arts, academic, technical and vocational subjects to students at community colleges, CEGEPs, agricultural colleges, technical and vocational institutes, language schools and other college level schools. This unit group also includes trainers who are employed by private training establishments, companies, community agencies and governments to deliver internal training or development courses. College teachers who are heads of departments are included in this unit group.

Example titles

  • College teacher
  • Commercial art instructor
  • Community college teacher
  • Company trainer
  • Computer training instructor
  • Department chairperson – college
  • Department head – general and vocational college (CEGEP)
  • Firefighting instructor
  • General and vocational college (CEGEP) teacher
  • Instructor – technology institute
  • Language school instructor
  • Lecturer – college
  • Legal assistant program teacher
  • Teacher – institute of technology
  • Training officer – company
  • Vocational institute teacher

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects
  • Develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and outlines for courses
  • Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate students' progress
  • Advise students on program curricula and career decisions
  • Provide individualized tutorial or remedial instruction to students who require it
  • Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work or hands-on training
  • Supervise teaching assistants
  • May provide consultation services to government, business and other organizations
  • May serve on committees concerned with matters such as budgets, curriculum revision, and course and diploma requirements.

These instructors specialize in particular fields or areas of study such as visual arts, dental hygiene, welding, engineering technology, policing, computer software, management and early childhood education.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree, a college diploma or demonstrated expertise in the field of instruction is required.
  • A master's degree in the field of instruction may be required.
  • A certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required.
  • For instructors of trades, completion of apprenticeship training and industry or trade certification are required. Additional courses in teaching or a provincial teaching certificate may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to administrative positions in post-secondary education is possible with experience.


  • Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training (0421)
  • Instructors teaching non-academic or non-vocational courses (in 4216 Other instructors)
  • Secondary school teachers (4031)
  • University professors and lecturers (4011)

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