Canadian Forces

NIC’s partnership with the Department of National Defence provides Canadian Forces members and their dependents access to support and services to achieve post-secondary success.

Our advisor will review your military training to assess your eligibility for credit toward NIC certificate/diploma or associate degree requirements. For more information contact NIC’s educational/military advisor at

Criminology student Shelley Traves
NIC was the perfect fit for me post-military. The atmosphere at the college is welcoming and respectful, with the same level of expectation for all students. My advisor was with me every step of the way, from accreditation for rank and military courses and figuring out what I needed to get ready for a full program, to supporting me throughout my program.
Shelley Traves
NIC Criminology student

Learn in a supportive environment

Student Services provides a wide range of services and resources to help you reach your goals, including:

  • Counselling Services: career and educational counselling, problem solving, learning strategies and crisis counselling
  • Accessible Learning: support for students with documented disabilities
  • Library & Learning Commons: offers research help, student technical services, peer tutoring, writing and math support.
  • Accommodation for military duty: NIC instructors and our military/educational advisor are available to provide support if your military duties interrupt your coursework

Create your education plan

NIC offers flexible study options that may apply to some or all members of the Canadian Forces. Contact the military advisor to set up your program and to discuss what is possible.


If your high school grades are not available, or if they do not meet course requirements, we can assess your English and math to determine if you have sufficient academic skills for admission.

First, book an assessment prep session to review the material and to arrange any necessary testing accommodations.

Next, book and pay for your assessment, giving yourself time to study and prepare. Once you receive your results, make an appointment with an advisor to discuss next steps.

Gain credit for rank

Non-commissioned members at or above Master Corporal/Master Sailor rank and officers at or above the Captain/Lieutenant (Navy) rank can receive six unassigned arts credits toward an NIC credential. Work with the military advisor to determine how these credits can be applied to your program of choice.

All current or retired military members will receive credit for Math 10 and English 10. You will require a current Military Personnel Record Resume (MPRR), with date and signature. Application to transfer credit for military rank.

Pursue Prior Learning Assessments (PLA)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) allows you to get credit for learning you've acquired elsewhere through things like courses, workshops, employment or volunteering. Submit your Military Personnel Record Resume (MPRR) to the military education advisor to get started.

Challenging SkilledTradesBC exams

If you have extensive experience working in a trade, you may be able to challenge SkilledTradesBC exams for certification. SkilledTradesBC Apprenticeship Advisors are available to answer questions.

Cost Reimbursement

As a member of the Canadian Forces, you may be eligible for reimbursement for books and tuition. Contact your Personnel Selection Officer to find out what options are available for you.