Dual Credit

Start your degree, trades training or earn your certificate while still in high school.

What is dual credit?

Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students to begin post-secondary programs and courses while they are still in high school. Most dual credit students are Grade 12 students that take a program or course in their second semester (February) of their Grade 12 year.

Why consider dual credit?

  • College tuition fees may be covered by your school district
  • Receive credit for both high school and college. A student who completes either a high school or university level course receives a certain number of credits. If a student completes a 3-credit course at NIC, they will be granted a certain number of credits at their high school and 3-credits at NIC.
  • Dual credit courses may align with your high school block schedule
  • Test drive college while getting support from your high school and NIC
  • Lighten your course load in your first year of post-secondary
  • Get a head start with trades training and begin your apprenticeship after you graduate
  • Complete an NIC certificate while in high school to start your career right after graduation
  • Courses are transferable to most universities - you will receive transfer credit for dual credit courses

Dual credit pathways

Courses listed below are a sampling of our most popular courses. Dual credit students can work with their counsellor and a recruiter to apply for any non-listed course, as long as they meet the prerequisites. Courses and programs with * have reserved seats for high school students.


  • Accountant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Content Marketing Strategist
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial Advisor
  • Hospitality Management
  • Non-Profit Manager


  • Health Care Assistant
  • Registered nurse
  • Doctor
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical Lab technician
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist


  • Active travel guide
  • Tour operator
  • Conservation officer
  • Park ranger
  • Community recreation programmer
  • Event planner
  • Restaurant manager
  • Hotel or resort manager

How to Apply

  1. Meet with your District Careers Program Coordinator/High School Counsellor in Grade 10 or Grade 11 to discuss your interest in dual credit courses or programs.
  2. Meet with a NIC student recruiter advisor at your high school or through an appointment to explore course and program options. To book an appointment with a student recruiter advisor, click here.
  3. Complete the application form – deadline October 15! (see below) 
  4. Submit your completed application package to your District Careers Program Coordinator/High School Counsellor who will submit it to NIC on your behalf. If you are not working with a high school representative, please contact the student recruiter advisors at futurestudents@nic.bc.ca.

Application forms

Additional Resources

Dual credit student information

Have questions about Dual Credit? Email dualcredit@nic.bc.ca.