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.
- 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
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- Aircraft Structure Technician
- Aquaculture Technician
- Automotive Service Technician
- Construction Worker/Manager
- Pipe Fitter
- Metal fabricator
- Forestry worker
How to Apply
- 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.
- 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.
- Complete the application form – deadline October 15! (see below)
- 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 email@example.com.
Dual credit student information