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 apply for any non-listed course if it works with their high school schedule, and they meet the prerequisites.
All dual credit students are encouraged to work with their high school career’s counsellor and/or coordinator to apply.
- Art curator
- Political Analyst
- Administrative Assistant
- Content Marketing Strategist
- Digital Marketing Manager
- Financial Advisor
- Hospitality Management
- Non-Profit Manager
- Health Care Assistant
- Registered nurse
- Dental Hygienist
- Medical Lab technician
- Child and youth care worker
- Educational assistant
- Early Childhood Educator
- Elementary school teacher
- Social Worker
- Computer Forensic Investigator
- Computer Programmer/Developer
- Computer Systems Technician
- Cyber Threat Analyst
- Mobile App Developer
- Software/Hardware Designer
- Video Game Designer
- Web Designer/Developer
- Active travel guide
- Tour operator
- Conservation officer
- Park ranger
- Community recreation programmer
- Event planner
- Restaurant manager
- Hotel or resort manager
Take a full program – full time only
- Aircraft Structure Technician
- Aquaculture Technician
- Automotive Service Technician
- Construction Worker/Manager
- Pipe Fitter
- Metal fabricator
- Forestry worker
- Meet with your high school career’s counsellor and/or coordinator in Grade 10 or Grade 11 to discuss your interest in dual credit courses or programs.
- If you do not have a career’s counsellor and/or coordinator, please contact email@example.com.
- Complete the application form – deadline October 15! (see below).
- Submit your completed application package to your career’s counsellor and/or coordinator who will submit it to NIC on your behalf. If you are not working with a high school representative, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current and Incoming Student Resources
Getting to NIC – There are a variety of ways to access NIC campuses, including by vehicle or transit. Bike shelters are available for cyclists. Find your campus below for further details about parking and transit.
As a dual credit student, you have access to all the services and supports available at NIC. To access services, students can self-refer, ask an instructor for assistance, email email@example.com, or reach out to their high school counsellor. A full list of services can be found here.
- Request a drop/withdraw from a course: Dual Credit students are required to make all drop/withdraw requests directly with their high school counsellor. High schools are responsible for requesting a student's drop/withdraw with NIC before the drop/withdraw deadline (see key dates).
- Make sense of course codes.
- Order books and request shipping.
- Book a campus tour – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students who are required to complete a criminal record check will be provided with the appropriate instructions and form from NIC Admissions via their NIC student email address. Please fill out this form and return it to Admissions. If there are questions about the process, email email@example.com.
- Request Mid-term & Final Grade Report- Schools/school districts can request grade reports via email to NIC’s Youth & Community Outreach Liaison with at least 2 weeks lead time. Once request is submitted, a template will be provided for schools to fill out.