FIT FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FIT?

How does FIT work?

Where is FIT offered?

How much does it cost to join the FIT program?

What are FIT-Concentrations?

What is ICT

What must I do to achieve a FIT certificate?

Are there different FIT certificates?

Is the FIT program hard?

How can I get involved?

How can I get involved?

Who created the FIT program?

Who is ICTC?

Where can I find out more about ICTC?




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What is FIT?
FIT stands for Focus on Information Technology, a program designed to teach high school students industry-validated skills for work in information and communications technology (ICT) occupations. These range from purely technical skills such as programming or Network+ certification through to business skills and abilities such as time management and contributing as a member of a team. FIT is taught alongside the high school curriculum in the students’ regular school day. Since ICT is a pervasive need in virtually every industry, this is not a program for just the ICT industry; it’s for all industries that use and need ICT workers.



How does FIT work?
FIT works through the current course offerings of your local school system and establishes a preferred course pathway for students to take in order to achieve FIT certificate standards and concentrations.FIT also represents national standards identified by the ICT sector for entry level employment and provides a pathway to post-secondary study in ICT. FIT was designed to incorporate pertinent workplace experiences and engages students with co-op and internship opportunities.



Where is FIT offered?
FIT is offered across Canada and is offered in both official languages. There are well over 200 FIT schools in Canada; to find your nearest FIT school visit our, ‘FIND YOUR FIT,’ section of the FIT Website.



How much does it cost to join the FIT program?
The FIT program is funded by the Government of Canada and our Industry partners. It is free for students and participating schools to take part in the program.



What are FIT-concentrations?
Concentrations are areas of study that a student may, ‘focus on,’ or ‘specialize,’ in. There are four concentrations FIT offers students: Interactive Media; Software Design and Development; Network and Systems Operations; and Business and Information Analysis. For more information visit, ‘The FIT Program,’ page.



What is ICT?
ICT stands for, ‘information and communication technologies,’ and is comparable to IT (information technology) but stresses the inclusion of Communications. These technologies include computers, Internet, broadcast technologies, wireless networks and any medium used for communications purposes. ICT changes rapidly as innovative technologies evolve.



What must I do to achieve a FIT certificate?
The FIT certificate is awarded to students that have successfully met the FIT criteria which focus on the skills you need to be successful in the ICT industry and require you take specific courses or programs during your academic program. These vary from province to province and you should ask your teacher what courses qualify.



Are there different FIT certificates?
The FIT program offers students 5 unique certificates; information regarding the different types of FIT Certificates may be found on the, ‘The FIT Program,’ page.



Is the FIT program hard?
The FIT program is based on a pathway of courses already offered within provincial curriculum. FIT was designed to be a realistic set of courses that would allow students to fulfill the requirements for their secondary provincial diploma, while learning about ICT.



Industry – How can I get involved?
There are a number of ways you can participate with the FIT program. FIT offers 5 levels of partnerships that may be reviewed on our Partners section page. You may also contribute to our FIT site’s content in the following areas: Industry Profiles, Job Profiles, Men/Women in ICT profiles, you may upload Lesson Plans for teachers.

You can help find industry participants helping FIT develop a stronger co-op and internships program. You can also support our efforts to maintain current, industry-validated curriculum and related learning outcomes and you can pass along to us any materials that you have developed that seem to work well locally so that we can consider them for national distribution.

FIT hosts a variety of events and reach ahead opportunities for both students and teachers. To find out more about participating as a sponsor, speaker, or attendee contact: fit-media@ictc-citc.ca



Educators – How can I get involved?
ICTC with FIT is continually looking for new schools and teachers to adopt and share our innovative FIT program. If you’re interested in teaching the FIT program but are not already a FIT school please contact your provincial FIT representative for more information.

Also, educational partners are essential to the success of the FIT program through the sharing of resources. Teachers from across Canada may share lesson plans and resources online within our Educator section of the website; they also may use the online resources to assist with their teaching.

FIT works with post-secondary institutions to form articulated agreements. For more information about how your post-secondary institution can benefit from a partnership with FIT please contact us at: fit-media@ictc-ctic.ca



Who created the FIT Program?
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) created the Focus on IT Program.



Who is ICTC?
ICTC is a centre of expertise in digital economy research, labour market intelligence, policy development, program management and delivery. Through our strong network of industry, academia and government, we enable the progress of Canada’s future economies by empowering industries to maintain a competitive advantage in a global market through a highly-skilled and innovative workforce.



Where can I find out more about ICTC?
All of our initiatives are explained on our web site at www.ictc-ctic.ca. ICTC is constantly seeking opportunities to develop partnerships that will help like-minded organizations achieve our goals together. If your organization could benefit from a partnership with ICTC please contact:fit-media@ictc-ctic.ca



Contact Us

Focus on Information Technology – ICTC

116 Lisgar Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 0C2 CANADA

Email: fit-media@ictc-ctic.ca
Phone: (613) 237-8551