While PD courses are continuing to operate normally during COVID-19, we know that many students are facing disrupted work terms and changed plans as a result of COVID-19. We’ve outlined a few common scenarios to help you make decisions regarding PD courses during the Spring 2020 term.

Please keep in mind that any changes to your PD course and/or work report requirements are made by your faculty or department; if you have questions about these requirements, we recommend contacting your academic advisor.

We also recommend consulting the co-op website for further information related to the Spring 2020 work term and COVID-19-related impacts.

I'm employed for the Spring 2020 term

If you’re employed for the Spring 2020 work term, you should plan on taking a PD course as per usual until your requirements have been satisfied.

I’m unemployed for the Spring 2020 work term and continuing to look for work

If you’re unemployed for the Spring 2020 work term and are continuing your job search, we recommend taking a PD course as per usual. Taking a PD course will ensure that you remain on track to complete your requirements without issue, regardless of your ultimate employment status in Spring 2020.

I’m unemployed for the Spring 2020 work term and enrolling in academic courses

If you’re unemployed for the Spring 2020 work term and are enrolling in academic courses, you have the opportunity to take a PD course in addition to your online course load. While PD courses aren’t typically taken alongside academic courses, we’re supporting students who decide to enroll in courses during their Spring 2020 work term because of COVID-19-related disruption. Taking a PD course will ensure that you remain on track to complete your requirements without issue, regardless of your employment status in Spring 2020.

If you want to focus on academics during the Spring 2020 term and abstain from taking a PD course, we encourage you to review your WatPD requirements beforehand. Make sure you’ll have enough work terms left after Spring 2020 to complete your requirements without needing an exception. You can also contact us at watpd@uwaterloo.ca with any questions or concerns.

I’m unemployed for the Spring 2020 work term and don’t plan on working or enrolling in academic courses

If you’re unemployed for the Spring 2020 work term and are pausing your job search and studies because of COVID-19, you can still choose to take a PD course. Completing a PD course will ensure that you remain on track to complete your requirements without issue, regardless of your employment status in Spring 2020.

If you don’t want to take a PD course during the Spring 2020 term, we encourage you to review your WatPD requirements beforehand. Make sure you’ll have enough work terms left after Spring 2020 to complete your requirements without needing an exception. You can also contact us at watpd@uwaterloo.ca with any questions or concerns.