Forms FAQ Guide

Need some help navigating our Form software? You’ve come to the right place.

•    How do I access the Forms (document generation) software?

•    What are student tags used for?
•    How do teachers update their phone number?

•   How do Employers and Parents/Guardians provide e-signatures?
•   How do I create employer specific expectations for the SCELP form?
•   Tips for Searching Employers 
•   How do I add contacts to an employer profile?
•   How do I add an employer or edit an existing employer?
•   How do I add positions to an employer profile?
•   How do I add employer expectations?


Updating the Semester or Teacher associated with forms

All forms are assigned to a Semester and a Teacher. In order to assign forms to a different Semester or Teacher, follow these steps:

(i) Selectan already created form

(ii) Click the 3-dot menu  that appears at the top of the screen

​(iii) Select the Change Semester or Change Teacher option from the drop-down

(iv) Once selected, a pop-up window will appear. Select the desired option from the drop-down menu (i.e. a different Semester or Teacher).

(v) Click Save to complete the process.

All selected forms will be switched over to a different Teacher or Semester now.


Tags for Students

Tags are used to easily identify SHSM and OYAP students in Hour Republic.

How do I add a tag?

Option #1. The Tag section can be accessed under a student’s profile: 
Simply check off the desired tag(s), and Save.

Option #2. Tags are automatically set when a new OYAP and/or SHSM form is created, or when an OYAP or SHSM form is modified and saved.

Option #3. If your IT department has indicated that a student is an OYAP or SHSM student (in the file that is shared with us), then tags are automatically set for a student.

NOTE: Option #2 and #3 are 'going forward' features. These tags will only appear for recently created forms or recently imported students because this feature did not exist previously.

Appearance of tags

(i) Tags appear at the top of a student’s profile: 

(ii) Tags appear when selecting students to create a new form: 

(iii) Tags appear for already created forms:

Imported tag 

You may notice an Imported tag when you are selecting students to create new forms. This means that your IT department provided us with student data and this data was imported. If an Imported tag does not appear, then the student simply registered an account and was not imported.

NOTE: This is a 'going forward' feature. The Imported tag will only appear for recently imported students because this feature did not exist previously.

How do students create or access their forms and other learning plans?

Students have the ability to create and/or contribute to their learning plan or other forms such as WEAs, OYAP forms, etc.

The process for creating a form or plan is the same for students and teachers. The main difference being, students only see their own information whereas teachers have access to their entire class.

#1: Click on the Forms tab in Hour Republic to create a new form

#2: Select a form(s)
Select one or more forms that you wish to create by clicking the checkbox beside the form (e.g. check off Learning Plan, WEA and OYAP)

#3: Click the Create Forms button in the top right corner

NOTE: If your teacher has already created a learning plan or form for you, then please skip this step (Step #4)

#4: Begin filling out or editing the form

If you don't have a semester or teacher selected at the top of your form, then you can set it by clicking the Edit button next to appropriate field.  


#5: Some forms will have the option to Add Course Details and/or Add Employer Details.

Click the Add button to view and select from a list of all the Ministry of Education courses. Click the Add button again to add multiple courses.

#6: Add the Employer information

There are 2 ways to add an employer. You can either search for an existing employer or add a new employer. Before adding a new employer, please ensure that you have searched for your employer first, in order to avoid duplicates.

Add an Existing Employer
The search bar is smart. If you type in a few letters, it will find a match. Once you have selected an employer, select the Contact and Student Position (i.e. Cashier).
Adding a New Employer
If you are unable to find an employer via a search, click the Add Employer button to create a new employer. You can follow this FAQ to add a new employer.

#7: Fill out the remainder of the form.

#8: Once the form is complete, you can either
– Save, Finish or Export PDF
– Print
– Sign electronically
#9: Email a request(s) for e-signatures

Students can e-sign forms directly from their accounts, or via email.

Students only have access to their own signature field and to send an e-signature to their parents/guardians (so that they can sign electronically that way).

All new forms that you or your teacher create for you will appear under Recent Forms (right-side of screen). Click on the plan or form you just created to Edit, Copy, Export or Delete.

A Student is Missing When Creating Forms

If you are having trouble locating a student when creating a form, then please read below for possible reasons.

A) The student is being filtered out

Remember to check your filters! This is one of the most common reasons a student cannot be located when creating forms. It’s possible that students are being filtered out by one or more of the following filters:

The most common culprit is the Semester filter.

  • Students who were previously enrolled in co-op may still be associated with their previous semester.
  • The student may be associated with a different semester in the file that your IT department shares with us.
  • Our semester filter defaults to the current semester (i.e. around Feb 1st, the semester filter switches to Sem 2). There is a time period, close to semester change, where you may want to locate students for an upcoming semester. Students may be associated with the upcoming semester.

You can remove filters by clicking on them and setting them to All or by clicking on the x located inside the drop-down: 

TIP: You can update a student's semester by going to their profile and updating their Semester field:

B) Student data has not been shared with us yet

If the student is still not showing up after the filters have been cleared, this means that they probably are not in our database.

If the student has just joined your co-op/ class, it can take up to 24 hours for their data to become available in our system. It depends on when the data is captured by your IT department and when it is subsequently shared with us.

If 24 hours have passed and the student is not accessible when creating a form, then we recommend reaching out to our customer service team at info[@] Please share the full name of the student and their OEN.



OYAP: How to Export / Print Forms, Letters, Certificates and Cards

Export and print OYAP forms for one student 

After creating an OYAP form for a student, click the Export button in the
top-right corner of the form. You can choose to export the following OYAP forms:

  • OYAP Participant Application Form, sections 1 & 2 (“Form PDF”)
    The OYAP card appears on page 4 of this document.
  • OYAP Letter
  • OYAP Certificate
    This OYAP certificate is meant to be printed on the Ministry's OYAP paper template that is used for certificates

Export and print OYAP forms for multiple students

  1.  In the main Form section, under Recent Forms, (i) select the OYAP Form under the Recent Forms section and then, (ii) select the student forms that you wish to export
  2. Click on the Export Forms icon. You can choose to export the Form PDF, OYAP Certificate or the OYAP Letter. Once exported, the forms are collated into one PDF document that teachers can download or print.

Comments & Attachments

Teachers can add comments and attachments to forms. These sections are located at the bottom of each form.


Click to expand the Attachment section, and Choose File.

Select the file you wish to attach, and the file will automatically be attached to the bottom of your form, as follows:


Click to expand the Comment section. Add a comment and click Post.

By default, comments are “private’. If you want the student that is associated with the form to view your comment, then click the Public checkbox.

Each comment can be edited or deleted (by teachers only).

Indicators – Recent Form Section

In the Recent Forms section, each form shows comment, attachment and e-signature indicators as follows:

You can hover over each indicator. For example, if you hover over the attachment icon, it will show you how many attachments have been added to a particular form.

Overview of E-signature Features in Hour Republic

Below is a summary of e-signature features in Hour Republic

Who can e-sign documents?

Students, Parents/Guardians, Organizations/Employers and Teachers can e-sign forms (FAQ)

Do the names and email addresses of signees auto-populate?

Yes! For example, the organizations/employer’s First Name, Last Name and Email address auto-populate e-signatures (if that information has been added to the form or organizations/employer database in Hour Republic). The same is true for Students, Parents/Guardians and Teachers.

How do teachers know if an e-signature request has been sent?

An indication of when an e-signature request was sent is shown to teachers on a form (e.g. Email sent to on Nov 7, 2022 9:31am)

E-signature requests can also bere-sent as well (i.e. if a teacher needs to send out an e-signature reminder). You can re-send by clicking the Re-Send Email button or Copy e-signature link and send the link directly to the Organization/Employer or Parent/Guardian

Can teachers send a message with an e-signature request?

Teachers can add messages to their e-signature requests and these messages will appear in the email (i.e. an organization/employer will see the teacher’s message in the body of the email).

Can teachers save their e-signatures in Hour Republic?

Teachers can save their e-signatures and then easily append their e-signature to subsequent forms (FAQ).

How do students e-sign documents?

Students can e-sign forms directly from their accounts, or via email.

Students only have access to their own signature field and their parents/guardians (so that they can either email their parent/guardian or like paper, open up their screen at home and get their parents/guardians to sign electronically that way).

How do Organization/Employers and Parents/Guardians e-sign documents?

Our FAQ explains how Organizations/Employers and Parents/Guardians can e-sign documents.

Teachers can also copy an e-signature link and share it with any signee (e.g. organization/employer, parent/guardian, student). In the signature section of a form, simply click on the Copy e-signature link and paste that link into any message. That will take an organization/employer, for instance, directly to a form that they can proceed to e-sign. This is a helpful alternative when organizations/employers have not received an e-signature request via email. Or, when you need someone else to sign off on a form (e.g. supervisor who is covering for a colleague).

Can teachers send multiple e-signature requests at the same time?

Yes, you can send multiple e-signature requests (e.g. e-signature request sent to an organization/employer, parent/guardian and student at the same time) for a particular form. Just click the Email All option at the bottom of a form.

How do I send an e-signature request to more than one person & for more than one form at the same time?

Visit our mass e-signature requests FAQ here.

Does the e-signature export to a document PDF? How will the e-signature appear in a PDF?

Yes, the e-signature will export to any form PDF. Here is an example:

How do I know if an e-signature has been added to a form?

When viewing a form, all e-signatures will appear at the bottom of each form, as follows:

In the Recent Forms section, each form shows comment, attachment and e-signature indicators as follows:

If you hover over the e-signature progress bar, it will show you how many e-signatures have been added to a particular form.

Also, in the Report section, the WEA, OYAP and SCELP reports have columns which show if an e-signature has been added to a student’s form.


When you create a form for the first time, the form is automatically autofilled. If employer, student and school data have later been revised outside of a form (e.g. in the employer database) and you want to go back and update a previously created form (without having to manually type out that information), then use the Re-autofill button.

At the top of each form, you will notice 3-dots: 

Click on the 3-dots in the top-right and then click Re-autofill to proceed. This will autofill your form to include the new updates.

NOTE: As mentioned, when you create a form for the first time, the form is automatically autofilled. If you revised this original autofilled data and then click the Re-autofill button, the form will autofill those modified fields back to their original state. For example, we autofill the schedule in the WEA as "Monday to Friday". If you modified the schedule, then clicked Re-autofill, the schedule would be returned to the original state of "Monday to Friday".