Durham College's 1-year, Ministry approved, Certificate in Court Support Services is a specialized program designed to 'meet the high standards of the Ontario Courts and a variety of other professional organizations' by providing students 'with the specialized knowledge and skill required to work in various court support staff capacities.' The latter includes working for agencies, boards, inquests, Ontario Courts, and tribunals providing such services as evidence and transcription recording 'to a variety of organizations in addition to the Courts, such as hospitals, corporate boards, law firms and official examiners.'
During the Program's second semester, students will be able to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world work environments via a work experience placement in relevant settings. Students will be employed '1 day per week' during which they will continue to apply 'theoretical knowledge and skills' as they are learned, 'as students prepare themselves for integration into the work force.' Career-wise, graduates are typically employed in a wide array of legal, corporate, and professional settings such as 'provincially and municipally operated courts, official examiner offices, agencies, boards, tribunals, inquests, and court reporting services'
To be eligible for admission to the Program, regular applicants must either an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, Academic And Career Entrance Program (ACE), Basic Training for Skills Development (BTSD), or General Educational Development (GED) and senior level (Grade 11 or higher) subject credits, including General (G), Advanced (A), OAC, College Preparation (C), University/College Preparation (M), University Preparation (U) or Postsecondary (college or university), and Grade 12 English. Applicants who do not have the aforementioned credentials and who are 19 years of age or older by the commencement of the Program may apply under "mature student status." The College advises prospective students to acquire the ability to type at least 50 words per minute.