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 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.

Careers

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

Careers

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

Careers

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

Getting Started

  1. 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.
  2. If you do not have a career’s counsellor and/or coordinator, please contact dualcredit@nic.bc.ca.
  3. Complete the application form – deadline October 15! (see below).
  4. 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 dualcredit@nic.bc.ca.

Current and Incoming Student Resources

Winter 2023 welcome package coming soon.

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 studentlife@nic.bc.ca, or reach out to their high school counsellor. A full list of services can be found here.

School/District Resources

  • Make sense of course codes.
  • Order books and request shipping.
  • Book a campus tour – email futurestudents@nic.bc.ca.
  • 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 dualcredit@nic.bc.ca.
  • 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.