Embrace the Possibilities – Continuing Education at NIC is delighted to offer this complete guide to professional and personal development courses and programs.
Welcome to North Island College’s Fall 2020 Continuing Education Guide – your pathway to relevant and engaging learning and training across the region … No matter where you live, you can advance your education needs with us this fall.
Read the welcome letter from NIC President John Bowman.
For Fall 2020, we have adapted some of our courses to an online or blended format. To access digital courses, you’ll need a desktop or laptop computer with internet access and functioning video. You will also need to provide an email address at the time of registration.
NIC course codes provide important information on details of each course. Learn more about Course Codes.
Professional and Career Training
Gain an understanding of the accounting equations, debits and credits, record keeping, bank reconciliation, maintaining a general ledger, using a columnar journal and preparing simple financial statements. This course is valuable to small business owners and non-profit groups as well as for those needing to upgrade job skills. Note: Please bring a calculator to class.
||Sep 28-Nov 23
This course introduces the latest version of Microsoft Excel, one of several widely used electronic spreadsheet and graphing applications. Participants will learn the basics of creating and navigating spreadsheets, how to apply formatting, auto formatting, editing, copying and moving, inserting rows/columns, simple formulas, data entry, charting and printing. In this 12-hour course we will also look at absolute and relative addressing, one of the many features of this amazing program. Note: Please bring a flash drive to class.
No upcoming sections.
Learn the skills required to work in the building service custodial field. Topics include: attitudes, ground rules, WHMIS, blood borne pathogen and sharps safety, hanta virus awareness, basic cleaning chemistry, cleaning procedures overview, interior office cleaning, restroom cleaning, daily floor maintenance and classroom cleaning. Note: Please bring a bagged lunch and beverage.
Prerequisite(s): Students must have basic English speaking, writing and reading skills.
Receive thorough training that meets or exceeds all WorkSafe BC and CSA regulations and standards. Each student will be evaluated and those able to demonstrate a minimum level of operational competence receive an Ives & Associates document of successful program completion. Note: Ask for information sheet when registering.
Prerequisite(s): Must be 16 years of age and have, or have had, a driver's license.
This course prepares trade-qualified mechanics for the Authorized Vehicle Inspector (AVI) certification. Upon completion, students will be able to perform inspections on private and commercial vehicles according to specifications and responsibilities described in the Vehicle Inspection Manual and the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations. AVIs help maintain road safety and ensure compliant and safe vehicles are operating on BC roadways.
Prerequisite(s): Participants must hold a B.C. Trade Qualification or an Inter-provincial Red-Seal Certificate in at least one of the following: Automotive Service Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic, Commercial Trailer Mechanic, or Motorcycle Mechanic. Apprentices who have reached Level 4 in any of the above trades may also participate in the course, but will not receive their Inspectors Certificate until they become certified mechanics.
This is an adult, child and infant CPR course. Skills taught and practiced include one- and two-rescuer CPR; Adult, child, and infant CPR techniques; management of the obstructed airway and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). Skills taught and practiced include one-rescuer CPR, choking, barrier devices/pocketmasks, and AED. Certification period is three years, but recommended for one year.
Prerequisite(s): 16 years of age before course starts.
The EMR course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness in a pre-hospital setting and includes CPR level HCP and AED. The certification is valid for three years. Being a certified EMR opens the doors to a variety of employment opportunities including BC Ambulance Services, private ambulance services (ie LifeSupport Transport), fire departments, law enforcement, ski-patrol and rescue, and industry employers in remote locations in BC / Alberta.
Prerequisite(s): Participants must be certified in Standard First Aid with CPR level C or higher. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials. Minimum of 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent / guardian signed waiver.
This course is designed for parents and caregivers of children up to eight years of age. Topics include: recognition of home hazards, accident prevention, and safety education. Skills focus on respiratory distress, CPR, AED, bleeding management and common first aid situations. This course is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Child Care Facilities Licensing Board. Certification period is three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level B is recommended.
The CPR Level Basic Life Support (CPR BLS) is training in the recognition of, and initial intervention or treatment given by pre-hospital or in-facility responders to, a patient suffereing from cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest. The BLS curriculum supports the delivery of high performance, team-based professional-level resuscitation. The BLS course is industry -driven, designed as a robust resuscitation training program geared toward high quality CPR in a team environment, and recoginizes the nuances of multipdisciplinary teams with varied experiences. The BLS Course covers content from standard BLS training, as well as Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy. This course is for people in or entering health care field including nurses, doctors, first responders and other health care professionals. KEYWORDS: medical; blood; health care; pathogens; employment.
Prerequisite(s): Students 18 years of age (recommended)
This course is for individuals wishing to become certified as a Red Cross First Aid & CPR - Basic Level program instructors (CPRIT, FAIT). Certification is valid for 3 years. All prerequisites must be met.
Prerequisite(s): Must be 18 years or older. Successfully complete the Fundamentals of Instruction - First Aid Programs online component (approx. 8 hours)
||Nov 30-Dec 3
The Red Cross First-Aid Instructor (Option #2) course is for Red Cross Water Safety Instructors or educators (elementary or secondary level) who want to become certified as a Red Cross First-Aid Instructor. This course provides candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach Canadian Red Cross first aid and CPR courses. The candidates are expected to have finely tuned first aid and CPR technical skills, therefore this course focuses on how to teach and facilitate first aid and CPR skills. With this certification you would be able to teach the Canadian Red Cross Standard First-Aid, Emergency First-Aid, Marine Basic First-Aid, Babysitting Emergency Childcare First-Aid, AED, CPR HCP, CPR C and CPR A as well as the recertification for all of these course. In order to complete certification, all instructor candidates must complete teaching experience with a Teaching Experience Supervisor.
Prerequisite(s): Must be 18 years or older. This course is for Red Cross Water Safety Instructors or educations (elementary or secondary level) who want to become certified as a Red Cross First-Aid Instructor. First Aid Certification (a valid participant certificate for the program you wish to teach)
||Dec 2-Dec 3
This exciting program teaches everyone how to help others experiencing loss, grief and stress, and also self-care. Learners will come away with coping strategies to prevent, identify and deal with stressful events, and they will better understand what supports are available to them and how they can access or help others to access specialized support. This program uses the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model. The course consists of 3 components: There are two online components you MUST complete before doing the in class portion. The two online portions are Self-Care and Caring for Others which are approximately 45 - 90 minutes each to complete. Then the in class session which is 8 hours in length. PFA is built on the latest evidence-based research from the international community and was developed in response to a growing need within our communities and to address a gap in wellness program options with a focus on resiliency.
Prerequisite(s): Students 18 years of age (recommended)
The blended emergency first aid course covers the basic skills necessary to deal with time priority emergencies. Students will complete the theory portion online and the practical portion in class. The Blended RC Emergency First Aid course is NOT recognized by WorkSafe BC as a valid equivalent certification for the Occupational First Aid Level 1. It includes initial assessment, respiratory distress, CPR, AED, bleeding, unconsciousness, shock, poisons, and secondary assessment. Certification is by the Red Cross and is valid for a period of three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level C is recommended.
This is a comprehensive first aid course for those who require the skills and knowledge necessary to deal with life-threatening situations and to give assistance to people in physical distress. The Blended RC Standard First Aid course is recognized by WorkSafe BC as a valid equivalent certification for the Occupational First Aid Level. Certification is transferable between provinces and recognized nationally for workplace requirements. Includes all of the content of the Emergency First Aid course (FAC 021) plus injuries due to heat and cold, medical conditions, bone and joint injuries, head and spinal injuries. Certification is by the Red Cross and is valid for a period of three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level C is recommended.
The Marine Basic First Aid course meets defined Federal Transport Canada Marine Safety Training Standards for Marine First Aid. This course provides individuals with a basic training level of First Aid and CPR required by the Marine Industry. Certification is by the Canadian Red Cross with a certification period of three years.
Prerequisite(s): Some previous knowledge of First Aid/ CPR is recommended, but not required.
The Marine Advanced course will cover the Red Cross; first aid kit; body structure and function; toxicological hazards; examination of person or patient (oxygen administration); spinal Injuries; burns, scalds and effects of cold and heat; fractures, dislocations and muscular injuries; medical care of rescued persons; radio medical advice; pharmacology; sterilization and cardiac arrest, drowning and asphyxia. Certification is by Canadian Red Cross and is valid for three years.
Prerequisite(s): Minimum of 16 years of age. Some previous knowledge of First Aid/ CPR is recommended, but not required.
Learn CPR, choking and hemorrhage control and minor wound care according to WSBC Regulations, Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). This WorkSafeBC course is an excellent entry level WSBC First Aid course that is a recognized by local industry. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.
Prerequisite(s): Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Picture identification must be brought to the 1st class.
Gain the knowledge and skills required to operate small, non-pleasure vessels operating within 25 miles from shore (formerly MED A3). Topics include maritime hazards and emergencies, emergency response, firefighting, lifesaving equipment, abandonment, personal survival, signaling devices and rescue response. The goal of the course is to assist you in responding to marine emergencies in the coastal area. NOTE: For 2020 FALL online-marine courses, registration closes 14-days in advance of section start date.
Gain the knowledge and skills required to operate small commercial vessels, other than tugs and fishing vessels, up to five gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage, and for fishing vessels up to 15 gross tonnage or 12 meters overall length engaged on a near coastal, class 2 (including an inland voyage on Lake Superior or Lake Huron) or a sheltered waters voyage. NOTE: For 2020 FALL online-marine courses, registration closes 14-days in advance of section start date.
This seven-hour course will prepare you for the Department of Communications examination for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) (ROC-M). NOTE: For 2020 FALL online-marine courses, registration closes 14-days in advance of section start date.
In addition to topics covered by the Basic Safety (SDV-BS) course, this Transport Canada approved course enables you to learn safety-related skills associated with small boat operation and ensuring the safety of passengers. These skills include assisting passengers to survive an emergency, maintenance of safety equipment, and safety record keeping. Note: Bring a towel and bathing suit for pool exercises.
This course is designed to provide the student with a practical knowledge of the application of the Collision Regulations and principles to be observed in keeping a navigational watch while using Radar, Loran-C, GPS, Echo Sounder, a compass, and an Electronic Charting System. Each course participant must attend a minimum of 90% of lecture classes and 100% attendance is required during simulation exercises and evaluation. Participants must have prior training in topics such as basic Chart Work and Navigations Safety in order to have background knowledge required for the navigation of a vessel under simulated conditions.
||Nov 2-Nov 6
This course is for those working towards their Master Limited (60 T), Fishing Master IV, Mate 150 GT or Watchkeeping Mate, Fishing Vessel. Students will learn to plan and conduct safe navigation, understand and make use of various navigation-related publications, determine a ship's position and keep required records. This comprehensive 12 day course prepares mariners for writing the Transport Canada exam, Chartwork & Pilotage 1 (CP1), on the final day of the course.
This course is for those working towards their Master Limited (60 T), Fishing Master IV and Master 150 GT. Students will learn to plan safe navigation, using collision regulations, watchkeeping standards, vessel lights and signals, distress signals, fog and maneuvering signals and watchkeeping at night and in restricted visibility. This comprehensive 7 day course prepares mariners for writing the Transport Canada exam, Navigation & Safety 1 (NS1), on the final day of the course.
||Nov 19-Nov 25
Mariners serving on compulsorily-fitted commercial ships (Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems or GMDSS) within the North American A1 sea areas require this course for compliance with the International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995 (STCW 95 Regulation IV/2). Note: Existing ROC certificate holders who take a valid (1999 or earlier) certificate to class, are required to attend the last two days of classes only (NAU 041). Canadian Power & Sail Squadron certificates do not meet this requirement. You must present this certificate when registering. Persons without an existing ROC certificate must attend all three days of classes.
Prerequisite(s): Minimum 18 years of age.
||Nov 12-Nov 14
Obtain the necessary certification to work in the food service industry. This course covers important food safety and worker safety information including food borne illness, receiving and storing food, preparing food, serving food, cleaning and sanitizing. Certificates will be valid for 5 years from the date of issue.
Proposals that fit the funder's goals and captures the mind of the reviewer are the ones that will be funded. This course is for anyone who is involved with or interested in proposal development and management; writers, managers, researchers, program leads, SME and business owners, students. Success rate can be improved with this three part process: prepare - it's about building capacity and readiness; develop - excellent proposals present a compelling narrative, are technically sound, and have a robust budget; and manage - the funds and project in order to meet agreed outcomes, on-time, on-budget. The process is straight forward, the work will be challenging, but the results can be amazing. This course is designed to guide you to success.
This course is about What's Next for you. It's a process for change. It's for people seeking change: people who have been unable to make that change alone. It is a sensible 5-step process. It works. It is based on four proven principles (reflection, storytelling, intention and action) and comes with a workbook. You must do the work. The work will be challenging, but the results can be amazing. This course is designed to guide you to success. People who are actively seeking change in their lives: 1. people seeking (life) change: ".we all have the wisdom we need to decide on a meaningful next step in our own journey, and we have developed a process to help you find yours;" 2. People needing to make work related change: "What's Next started as a personal 'sensemaking' process during [my] work-life transition;" and 3. people ready to explore and develop their small business start-up ideas. NOTE: quotes are from the course workbook (What's Next: the Journey - a process for personal change).
Lateral Thinking is "moving sideways to look at things in a different way.[it is] closely related to insight, creativity and humor," (Edward de Bono). In this course, you will learn about the value of Lateral Thinking, its tools and applications. Then we will learn how to apply lateral thinking tools to solve complex problems within your organization (NFP), workplace or small-business. Anyone interested in using lateral thinking tools; for pattern changing, to generate new ideas and solutions, and or for creative problem solving. It will also be useful to decision makers within the public or private sectors regularly working to solve complex problems, big or small organizations (e.g. SMEs, NFP and volunteer); and for natural exlectics seeking verification of the way they think, and encouragement with application of lateral thinking approaches.
Special Winter 2021 cohort recently created to deal with demand for this program across the province.
Expand your opportunities in the health care field and make a difference in
the lives of seniors by helping them engage in an active lifestyle. You will learn to plan and implement supervised activities for older adults with cognitive and physical impairments and gain hands-on experience and make employer connections with supervised practicum experience. Learn more…
Digital Delivery | Jan-April 2021 | Tuition: approx. $3,000
Learn the practical skills and knowledge for employment in veterinary clinics, animal recovery centres, animal shelters and kennels. The certificate consists of six courses, and includes hands-on sessions in specialized facilities and work experience. Students will learn about the anatomy and physiology of animals, communicating on the job, laboratory procedures, medical nursing, surgical procedures, radiology, complimentary medicine and veterinary office procedures. Classes run on Monday and Thursday evenings beginning in October each year. Learn More…
Digital Delivery | Oct 2020-May 2021; Jan 2021-July 2021 | Tuition: approx. $2,600
This full-time program is comprised of classroom lectures, directed home study, and fieldwork with the majority of time being spent at log sort locations. The program prepares the participant for the Ministry of Forests Coastal Log Scaling Examination. Students are required to provide their own suitable gear for scaling in a dryland sort environment. Sign up for our free information session October 27th 2020. Learn More…
Blended Delivery CR Campus | Feb 22 – May 9, 2021 | Tuition: $7,000 approx + student fees
Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in the craft brewing and malting industry or start your own craft brewery. You'll gain hands-on experience working with industry experts developing and mastering brewing recipes, handling and operating commercial brewing equipment and learning the economic fundamentals of operating a successful brewing business. Upon completion of this program, you will have the qualifications for a wide variety of beer industry positions, including: Brewer, Head Brewer, Production Assistant, Brewery Lab Assistant, Cellar-person, and Craft beer bartender. Successful completion of this program will also give you the skills you need to contest various craft brewing and malting industry certifications, including the Certified Beer Server Cicerone online exam, the Beer Judge Certificate Program’s (BJCP) Beer Judge Entrance Exam and the Foundation in Brewing and Packaging available through BCIT in Burnaby. Learn More…
Blended Delivery CV Campus | Sept 2020-May 2021| Tuition: approx. $7,250 + books
Develop the practical skills and knowledge needed as a unit clerk, from medical terminology and transcription to hospital organization and administrative support. Workplace practicums give you first-hand experience and applied training in the field. Employment opportunities exist throughout the health care industry, from hospitals to medical offices and care facilities. Learn More…
Note: FUNDING: Members of the HEU, as defined by their criteria, may be eligible for funding towards the cost of the program tuition, through the FBA Education Fund. To learn more, please visit the HEU website.
Blended Delivery CR Campus| Sept 2021 – May 2022 | Tuition: approx. $5,281
Presented by a number of experienced organic farmers and horticulturalists, this program is designed to familiarize students with the main theories, concepts and practices of organic market garden agriculture. The program includes modules in greenhouse propagation, soil and plant science, weed and pest control and irrigation technologies. Participants will also develop business management skills, marketing skills as well as crop planning, and budgeting. Learn More…
Tuition: $7,250 approx + textbooks. Funding may be available, inquire with Continuing Education Department.
Gain the technical skills and industry knowledge needed to conceptualize and create jewellery for artistic expression or as a source of income. In this fulltime, 8-month program, explore a wide range of topics and apply professional techniques in jewellery making through extensive hands-on studio practice as well as demonstrations and lectures from skilled jewellery makers. Learn More…
Blended Delivery CR Campus | Sept 2020 – Apr 2021, Mon–Thu, 9 am–3 pm | Tuition: approx. $6,505
Prepare for employment as a wildland firefighter. You will develop essential theory and practical skills in wildfire preparedness and operations, along with BC Forest Service certifications in fire suppression and entrapment avoidance. As a graduate, you will have the skills, knowledge and certifications required for entry-level employment as a wildland fire crew member in BC and Alberta. Learn More… and Join our interest list.
At ElderCollege, the learning process is lively, intellectually and socially stimulating, and humorous. Run entirely by volunteers, courses and lectures are offered on a wide variety of subject areas including but not limited to Arts and Music, Brain Games, Eclectic, History and Social Sciences, Health and Wellness, Information Technology, Language and Literature, Math and Science, and so much more! Courses span from 1-8 weeks, all without exams, grades, or pressure. Indeed, everyone 50 or better (or 55 at Comox Valley ElderCollege) is encouraged to join and participate.
Comox Valley ElderCollege
This year, CVEC will be offering all courses online via Zoom for free. Participants must pay their annual membership fee and pre-register online. Registration will commence sometime during the week of Sept 21-25, 2020.
Campbell River ElderCollege
This year, CREC will be offering all its courses online via Zoom at a reduced tuition. Participants must pay their annual membership fee and pre-register online. Registration will commence September 14, 2020.
Port Alberni ElderCollege
This fall, Port Alberni ElderCollege will not be offering courses due to COVID. Feel free to join ElderCollege memberships at the Comox Valley and Campbell River campus to enjoy their online offerings. Check back with us as we are hopeful to offer courses again in the winter/spring.
Distance Education - Ed2Go
Select from hundreds of exciting and stimulating online courses, delivered by expert instructors with exceptional insight into their respective areas of knowledge.
These 6-week courses are priced competitively at $179+GST.
Continuing Education Programs
Grow your personal and professional skillset through our specialized fast-track CE pgrams
Gain knowledge and skills to embark on a new career or strengthen your current professional practice. NIC’s Continuing Education and Training offers employer and industry recognized training to prepare you for careers in the trades, health, fine arts and more.
Digital Elevation Expertise
Through this online training, you'll gain in-demand expertise for the digital economy including digital branding, communications, marketing online sales and more.
Joy of Lifelong Learning
Sign up for semester-long academic courses at reduced rates as a Joy of Lifelong Learning student. Students aged 55 and up can access exceptional NIC faculty, facilities and learning opportunities from a wide array of more than 80 interesting arts, science, creative writing and fine arts academic courses.
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NIC Continuing Education offers a range of courses and programming on a range of topics and subjects. These courses are scheduled when we have enough interest. Please join the interest list to get the latest updates on courses you’re interested in.
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