English Language Proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction at MITT. In order to be successful in a program, it is important for all students to have a level of English proficiency that will allow them to participate in all aspects of the program. As such, an applicant whose primary language is not English or who is not from an English exempt country, must demonstrate English Language Proficiency.

An application will not be assessed and processed until supporting documentation demonstrating English Language Proficiency has been provided.

Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by one of the following methods:

Please review the program categories1 to determine the specific English Language Proficiency requirements that must be met for each MITT program. Not all programs accept all proficiency methods, so it is important to refer to the specific program category to determine what methods of English Language proficiency are accepted.

English Language Test Score Requirements

Official test results may need to be forwarded directly from the test centre to Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. MITT can verify IELTS scores online - please upload a scanned copy of your Test Report Form (TRF) Number and an official test result will not be required to be submitted.  Tests taken more than 2 years prior to the anticipated start date of the technical program applied to will not be considered.

Options for Applicants affected by COVID-19

For applicants affected by test centre closures due to COVID-19, MITT will be temporarily accepting the following English Proficiency Tests as a means of meeting the English Language Proficiency Requirements for Category A and B post-secondary and post-graduate programs. Results will be accepted for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021 programs at this time.

Test Type

Minimum Requirements for Category A Programs2 

Minimum Requirements for Category B Programs3 

CAEL CE & CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Assessment)

60

60

Cambridge English Advanced Certificate (C1)

Scale Score of 180 / Grade of C 

Scale score of 180 / Grade of C

CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)

4.0 in all components

4.5 in Reading & Listening
4.0 in Writing & Speaking

IELTS (Academic) 
(International English Language Testing System)

6.0 overall, no band less than 5.5

6.5 overall, no band less than 5.5

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

80

80

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)

54

58

TOEFL iBT
(Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based)
*MITT Institution Code #8870

Overall score of 78, with no less than 17 in each component

Overall score of 86, with no less than 20 in each component

TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based)

Overall score of 550,
with no less than 50 (unscaled) in each component

Overall score of 550,
with no less than 50 (unscaled) in each component

Revised TOEFL Paper Delivered Test

17 in Reading, Writing and Listening

20 in Reading, Writing and Listening

Approved English Language Program Requirements and Pathway Partners

Official results must be forwarded directly from the applicable institution to Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. The Institute will not accept photocopied documents or student copies. English programs completed more than 2 years prior to the MITT program start date will not be considered.

English Language Program

Minimum Requirements for Category A Programs2

Minimum Requirements for Category B Programs3

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Academic English for College Entrance - Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology (MITT) Completion of Level 4 with a minimum grade of 80% Completion of Level 5 with a minimum grade of 80%
AEPUCE (Academic English for University and College Entrance) - University of Manitoba and Red River College Achieve a passing grade of 65% Achieve a passing grade of 65%
Academic English Program Level 5 - University of Winnipeg Achieve a passing grade of 65% Achieve a passing grade of 65%

Pathway Partner

Minimum Requirements for Category A Programs2

Minimum Requirements for Category B Programs3

Minimum Requirements for Category C Programs

English School of Canada Completion of University College Transfer Program (UCTP) course with a minimum of 70% overall Completion of the UCTP Course with a minimum of 80% overall Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program
Heartland International English School Completion of the Advanced 2 course Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program
ILAC Completion of the  3.2 course Completion of the 3.3 Course Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program
ILSC Completion of the A1 course Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program Not qualified for direct admission through pathway program

*The above requirements are effective as of the Winter 2021 intake. Students who have applied for the Fall 2020 intake will be assessed under the existing pathway requirements. Please contact admissions@mitt.ca if you have any questions.

International students who successfully complete a pathway program through one of our partners may meet MITT's English Language requirement for admittance into an MITT technical program. 

English Language Proficiency Waivers

Under certain circumstances students may request a waiver of the English Language Proficiency requirement. To be considered for a waiver, students must provide supporting documentation to show they meet one of the waiver conditions found here

Country Exemption List

Citizens of the following countries who have completed their secondary education in their country of citizenship may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency requirements:

American Samoa        Grenada                 Singapore
Anguilla Guam (USA) South Africa
Antigua & Barbuda Guyana St. Kitts and Nevis
Australia Ireland, Republic of St. Lucia
Bahamas Isle of Man St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Barbados Jamaica Swaziland
Belize Kenya Tanzania
Bermuda Kiribati Trinidad and Tobago
Botswana Leeward Islands Turks and Caicos Islands
British Honduras Lesotho Tuvalu
Canada Liberia Uganda
Canal Zone (USA) Malawi United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland)
Cayman Islands Malta United States of America
Channel Islands Mauritius Vanuatu
Cook Islands Namibia Virgin Islands (UK)
Dominica New Zealand Virgin Islands (USA)
Falkland Islands Nigeria Wake-Midland Island
Fiji Papua New Guinea Windward Islands
Gambia, The Pitcairn Island Zambia
Ghana Puerto Rico Zimbabwe
Gibraltar Sierra Leone  

MITT reserves the right to request proof of language proficiency by means of a recognized language proficiency score report at any point in the application process. 

Program Categories1

Category A Programs2 (all methods of ELP are accepted, Category A requirements must be met where indicated):
Applied Leadership, Auto Mechanics, Business Administration Assistant, Business Management, CAD Technician, Carpentry, Client Service Specialist, Culinary Arts and Design, Cyber Defense and Cloud Administration Diploma, Electrical Applications, Electronics Technician (formerly Industrial Electronics), Graphic and Print Technician, Hairstyling, Hospitality Management Diploma, Hotel and Hospitality Services, Industrial Mechanic/Millwright, Industrial Welding, International Business, Leadership & Management, Motosport Technician, Network and Computer Technology, Software Developer.

Category B Programs3 (all methods of ELP are accepted, Category B requirements must be met where indicated):  
Global Supply Chain Management*, Human Resources Learning and Development*, Medical Office Assistant and Rehabilitation Assistant.

*Applicants may also use Category A requirements plus successful completion of MITT’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Management including grades of 80% or higher in “Writing and Grammar for Business” and “Dynamic Communication Skills”. Applicants may qualify for a waiver under the regular waiver criteria.

Category C Programs: Category C Programs have individual English Language Proficiency Requirements as outlined below:

  • Early Childhood Education applicants must present a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each component if using the IELTS for admission. For all other criteria, Category B requirements must be met. Applicants may qualify for a waiver under the regular waiver criteria.
  • Health Care Aide & Unit Clerk applicants must present an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each component. No other English Language Proficiency tests, waivers, or equivalencies will be accepted. *Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on IELTS availability, a minimum Duolingo English Test Score of 115 will be temporarily accepted for Fall 2020. 
  • Pharmacy Technician applicants must meet the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) English Language Proficiency requirements: http://www.cphm.ca/site/pharmacytechnicians.

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