Participants in the academy must attend 9 of the 12 regular sessions (the optional tour is not included in this figure) to receive a certificate. We recognize that our participants may experience conflicts over the course of the Academy program. However, the city staff works very hard to make sure that participants get a comprehensive picture of the City. If more than three sessions are missed, this picture is not complete. Extenuating and unexpected circumstances will be taken into account as necessary. We ask our participants to remember that city staff are also making time in their schedules to be available and participate in this program, in many cases without compensation. If your schedule will not allow you to attend at least 9 of the 12 regular sessions, we would ask that you delay your application to a year which will work better for you.