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Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication

In today’s globalized society, English is frequently the language of business, science and international exchange. Fluency in English is increasingly essential in the workplace, especially in managerial and executive positions. Many employers now require that their employees be able to carry out a wide range of work-related tasks and deal with complex social and professional situations in English.

The McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication is the answer to this new reality: a structured, dynamic, part-time program for students who want to perfect their English skills for the workplace.

Who is the Program for?

While the program is especially designed for people who need English for their work and who hope to use English as an important tool or catalyst for their careers, it is also open to any person looking for training in English for general purposes.

  • This credit program is offered evenings and weekends, and is compatible with a full-time work schedule.
  • Upon completion of this 30-credit program, students receive a certificate.
  • It is possible for a student to take courses without working toward the certificate.

All new students (except for the beginners level) must take the Entrance Placement Test (EPT) in order to take a course or start the program. For more information on the test and test dates, see Entrance Placement Test.

Program Objectives

Learning a second/foreign language plays an invaluable role in broadening one’s vision and facilitating a better understanding between people and communities. In the Quebec work context, being bilingual makes a person more marketable, and most people in the workforce are expected to have a sufficiently good command of both English and French. With the Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication, non-native speakers of English will:

  • Develop a high level of proficiency in English in formal and informal situations
  • Acquire efficient communication strategies in oral and written contexts
  • Gain confidence to work in English in the Quebec professional context

Program Structure

Prerequisite Courses - Non-Credit Module

Required Courses (30 credits)

Complementary Courses


Admission requirements

Please ensure you meet all the Admission requirements before submitting an application.

Ready to apply? For more information, see the Apply section.


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