Dual Credit

Start your degree, trades training or earn your certificate while still in high school.

NIC conducting a survey of current and former dual credit students to learn how we can improve Dual Credit. Please fill out the Dual Credit Survey and be entered into a draw for a prepaid VISA gift card.

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
Quote author - Youth Train
If you’re considering college or university, take Dual Credit. It’s going to set you up to explore what you’re passionate about and make the transition to post-secondary that much smoother.
Victor Kamel
NIC Dual Credit grad

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.

Dual credit pathways


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


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


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

How to Apply

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete the application form – deadline October 15! (see below) 
  4. 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 futurestudents@nic.bc.ca.

Application forms

Additional Resources

Dual credit student information

Have questions about Dual Credit? Email dualcredit@nic.bc.ca.