Fall 2021 Course Guide

Embrace the Possibilities – Continuing Education at NIC is delighted to offer a wide variety of professional and personal development courses and programs this fall - in both digital and on-campus formats.

On-Campus or Digital Learning

For Fall 2021, we are continuing to expand our online and blended courses and programs. To access digital courses, you’ll need a desktop or laptop computer with internet access, along with a working camera and audio. You will also need to provide an email address at the time of registration. Online courses will display with the delivery mode of "Digital". Blended courses, meanwhile, include both a digital and on-campus component.

But there are plenty of on-campus courses and programs as well. When searching for on-campus programming, check the location – if it says the name of an NIC campus, such as "Comox Valley", you know it is scheduled in a classroom on campus.

NIC course codes provide important information on details of each course. Learn more about Course Codes.

Professional and Career Training


On Campus

Building Service Worker Level 1 & WHMIS

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
BSW-101-CRB2 CR Nov 19-Nov 21 $389.00
BSW-101-PAB1 PA Apr 22-Apr 24 $389.00


On Campus

Forklift Operator

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
FLO-010-CRS7 CR Nov 20 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS8 CR Dec 11 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS3 CR Jan 22 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS4 CR Feb 26 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS5 CR Mar 26 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS6 CR Apr 23 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS1 CR May 28 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS2 CR Jun 25 $295.00


On Campus

Vehicle Inspector

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 in Level 4 are NOT eligible to register.

Section Location Dates Cost
MVI-010-CRS1 CR Nov 5-Nov 7 $549.00
MVI-010-CRS1 CR Jan 14-Jan 16 $549.00
MVI-010-CRS2 CR Mar 25-Mar 27 $549.00
MVI-010-CRS1 CR Jun 24-Jun 26 $549.00



Calculations for Caregivers

Calculations for Caregivers provides an opportunity for potential nursing students, nurses, and family caregivers to refresh their number skills and gain confidence in safe, accurate medication administration for oral dosing of solid and liquid medications. Designed for those who do not identify as 'math people,' students work online, at their own pace through a set of lessons that include interactive learning activities culminating in self-assessment quizzes with instant feedback. Successful completion of a comprehensive final test results in a certificate of completion.

Section Location Dates Cost
LPN-016-DLU1 DL Jan 2-May 30 $90.00
LPN-016-DLU1 DL May 1-Jul 30 $90.00
LPN-016-DLU1 DL Jul 2-Sep 30 $90.00


On Campus

Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder - EMR

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
AET-020-CVS1 CV Jan 31-Feb 11 $1010.00


On Campus

Emergency Child Care First Aid With CPR Level B

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-010-CRS1 CR Feb 5 $110.00
FAC-010-CRS1 CR May 7 $110.00
FAC-010-CVS2 CV Dec 5 $110.00
FAC-010-CVS1 CV Feb 27 $110.00
FAC-010-CVS2 CV Apr 10 $110.00
FAC-010-PAS2 PA Dec 11 $110.00
FAC-010-PHS1 PH Nov 20 $232.00



Bloodborne Pathogens

This online program is designed for individuals who may be exposed to blood and body fluids or items contaminated with blood during the performance of their work and who wish to gain a basic understanding of blood-borne pathogens. KEYWORDS: medical; blood; health care; pathogens; employment.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-016-DLU2 DL Nov 1-Nov 30 $35.00



Medical Terminology

This online Red Cross Medical Terminology course provides an introduction to the professional language used by those who are directly and indirectly involved with the art of healing. The course will also introduce those not currently involved in the health care environment with an introduction to the language of medicine. In addition, the program will provide participants with the basics of human anatomy and physiology. Course content includes medical terminology, body structures, word parts, integumentary system, the breast, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, the sensory system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, the endocrine system, reproductive system and urinary system. Students will be issued a Red Cross Certification once course is completed and passed. All training materials included in course cost. KEYWORDS: medical; blood; health care; pathogens; employment.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-017-DLU2 DL Nov 1-Nov 30 $280.00



Cannabis in the Workplace: Training for Workers

This online course aims to give employees the best possible understanding of the differences between medical and recreational cannabis, their responsibilities when using medical cannabis in the workplace, and employer responsibilities. This course explains the laws relating to human rights legislation and the duty to accommodate employees who have medical authorization to use cannabis.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-045-DLU2 DL Nov 1-Nov 30 $30.00



Cannabis in the Workplace: Management Training

This online course provides participants with information about cannabis in the workplace, focusing on the issue of impairment and providing practical guidance to help develop and apply appropriate and effective policies and procedures. This course has been designed for business owners, organizational leaders, and those with management responsibilities.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-046-DLU2 DL Nov 1-Nov 30 $30.00


On Campus

Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C - Blended Learning

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-081-CRB1 CR Oct 29 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB2 CR Dec 3 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB1 CR Feb 26 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB2 CR Apr 23 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB1 CR Jun 15 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB2 CV Nov 30 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB1 CV Feb 18 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB2 CV Apr 24 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB2 PA Dec 4 $175.00
FAC-081-PHB1 PH Nov 4 $235.00


On Campus

Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-082-CRS1 CR Jan 24-Jan 25 $175.00
FAC-082-CRS2 CR Apr 19-Apr 20 $175.00
FAC-082-CVS1 CV Feb 16-Feb 17 $175.00
FAC-082-CVS2 CV Apr 12 $175.00
FAC-082-PAS1 PA Nov 13-Nov 14 $175.00
FAC-082-PHS1 PH Nov 2-Nov 3 $275.00


On Campus

Marine Advanced First Aid & CPR BLS

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-084-CVS1 CV Nov 1-Nov 5 $640.00
FAC-084-CVS1 CV Mar 14-Mar 18 $640.00


On Campus

Occupational First Aid Level 1

This is a WorkSafeBC course that includes an introduction to CPR, choking and hemorrhage control and minor wound care according to WSBC Regulations, Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). The course is excellent for forestry and other industrial applications and required by many employers. 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.

Section Location Dates Cost
OFA-010-CRS5 CR Jan 27 $100.00
OFA-010-CRS6 CR Apr 11 $100.00
OFA-010-CRS1 CR Jun 20 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS2 CV Nov 29 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS2 CV Feb 15 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS3 CV Mar 23 $100.00
OFA-010-PHS2 PH Dec 1 $235.00
OFA-010-UCS1 UC Nov 8 $185.00


On Campus

Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement

This course is for OFA 010 or OFA 020 certified first aid attendants that work in environments requiring Transportation Endorsement in addition to their Occupational First Aid Level 1 or 2, according to WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 to 3.21). Students will be required to complete an NIC Waiver form at the first class. Certificate 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 and current OFA Level 1 or 2 Certificate must be brought to class.

Section Location Dates Cost
OFA-015-CRS1 CR Jan 28 $120.00
OFA-015-PHS2 PH Dec 2 $250.00


On Campus

Occupational First Aid Level 3

This course meets WorkSafe BC requirements for First Aid Attendants in BC and according to WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). The Occupational First Aid Level 3 course is offered with the objective of qualifying candidates for certification as Level 3 First Aid Attendants in industry. Instruction includes: anatomy and physiology; injury and body response; resuscitation- oxygen therapy; wounds and bleeding; thermal, joint, spinal and eye injuries; fractures, bandaging; immobilization; transportation; recording and reporting accidents and injuries. An NIC waiver form will be required to be filled out at class. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.

Prerequisite(s): Students must be 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent / guardian signed waiver. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials.

Section Location Dates Cost
OFA-030-CVS1 CV Mar 28-Apr 8 $765.00
OFA-030-PHS1 PH Nov 15-Nov 26 $1325.00


On Campus

Occupational First Aid Level 3 Renewal

This course is for Occupational First Aid Level 3 First Aid attendants who prefer not to take the full OFA 030 course, but would like to attend a few classes as a refresher before challenging the Level 3 exam. Homework assignments must be completed before the first class. Note: This course is offered in accordance with WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21) All studentswill be required to complete an NIC waiver form. Certification is by WSBC for a period of three years.

Prerequisite(s): Students must have or have had a WSBC Occupational First Aid Level 3 ticket or equivalent certification (i.e.: EMP 76 Hour Advanced WorkPlace Level 3 Supplement ticket). Students under 19 years of age require a parent/ guardian signed wavier. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials.

Section Location Dates Cost
OFA-032-CVS1 CV Apr 4-Apr 8 $610.00



Lock Out - Tag Out

This online course covers Lockout/Tagout. The term "Lockout/Tagout" refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard workers from the unexpected energizing or start-up of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Lockout/Tagout explains the importance of Lockout/Tagout in protecting the health and safety of workers. The course examines basic workplace safety tenets and examines the specific stages and procedures of the Lockout/Tagout process. The basic tenets of safety are explained as are the specific stages and procedures of the Lockout-Tagout process.

Section Location Dates Cost
WSF-017-DLU2 DL Nov 1-Nov 30 $25.00



Fire Safety

This online Fire Safety course teaches participants about the legislated fire safety responsibilities of the employer and the worker, describes safe work practices related to fire prevention, and provides practical information about emergency response in situations involving fire.

Section Location Dates Cost
WSF-050-DLU2 DL Nov 1-Nov 30 $25.00

NIC provides industry-approved training for both experienced and emerging mariners. Learn boat safety, hazards, emergency response, survival and rescue and more. Prepare to write the certification exams from Transport Canada, Industry Canada and Canadian Power Squadron.


On Campus

Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS)

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
MED-003-CRS1 CR Nov 26 $209.00
MED-003-CRS4 CR Dec 10 $209.00
MED-003-CRS1 CR Jan 14 $209.00
MED-003-CRS2 CR Feb 18 $209.00
MED-003-CRS3 CR Mar 18 $209.00
MED-003-CRS4 CR Apr 8 $209.00
MED-003-CRS1 CR May 20 $209.00


On Campus

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training Course

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
NAU-005-CRS3 CR Nov 22-Nov 25 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS4 CR Dec 6-Dec 9 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS1 CR Jan 10-Jan 13 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS2 CR Feb 14-Feb 17 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS3 CR Mar 14-Mar 17 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS4 CR Apr 11-Apr 14 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS1 CR May 16-May 19 $569.00


On Campus

Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
NAU-016-CRS3 CR Nov 19 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS1 CR Jan 17 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS2 CR Feb 7 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS3 CR Mar 7 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS4 CR Apr 19 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS1 CR May 9 $219.00


On Campus

Domestic Vessel Safety (DVS)

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
MED-032-CRS3 CR Nov 15-Nov 18 $690.00
MED-032-CRS4 CR Dec 6-Dec 9 $690.00
MED-032-CRS1 CR Jan 18-Jan 21 $690.00
MED-032-CRS3 CR Feb 8-Mar 11 $690.00
MED-032-CRS2 CR Feb 8-Feb 11 $690.00
MED-032-CRS4 CR Apr 4-Apr 7 $690.00
MED-032-CRS1 CR May 10-May 13 $690.00


On Campus

Simulated Electronic Navigation Ltd

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
NAU-030-CRS1 CR Jan 18-Jan 22 $970.00
NAU-030-CRS2 CR Mar 22-Mar 26 $970.00
NAU-030-CRS1 CR May 3-May 7 $970.00


On Campus

Chartwork & Pilotage 1

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
NAU-038-CRS1 CR Nov 15-Nov 30 $1610.00
NAU-038-CRS1 CR Mar 28-Apr 12 $1610.00


On Campus

Navigation & Safety 1

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
NAU-039-CRS2 CR Oct 27-Nov 3 $1080.00
NAU-039-CRS1 CR Feb 8-Feb 15 $1080.00


On Campus

Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime Commercial

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
NAU-051-CRS3 CR Dec 1-Dec 3 $675.00
NAU-051-CRS1 CR Jan 24-Jan 26 $675.00
NAU-051-CRS2 CR Mar 21-Mar 23 $675.00
NAU-051-CRS3 CR Apr 20-Apr 22 $675.00


On Campus

FoodSafe Level I

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.

Section Location Dates Cost
TFS-010-CRS3 CR Nov 20 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS4 CR Dec 11 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS2 CR Jan 22 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS3 CR Feb 26 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS4 CR Mar 26 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS5 CR Apr 23 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS1 CR May 28 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS2 CR Jun 25 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS4 CV Nov 27 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS3 PA Dec 4 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS1 PA Jan 29 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS2 PA Mar 5 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS3 PA Apr 30 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS1 PA Jun 4 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS1 PA Jul 16 $99.00



Hospital Unit Clerk Info Session

This information session will give prospective students the opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the program. Please note students must preregister and there is no cost.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-5110-DLS1 DL Mar 29  

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 | Sep-Dec 2021 | Tuition: approx. $3,000

This in-depth online course is designed for healthcare workers providing front line care to residents with dementia in Long Term Care facilities.

Students will learn about how the brain functions, and how to identify different types of dementia. These skills will enable staff to identify and apply strategies for success in programming in a needs-based model for service delivery. 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.

Digital Delivery | Sep-Nov 2021

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 2021-May 2022 | 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. Learn More…

Blended Delivery off-campus | Oct 19, 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 | Jan 2022 - June 2022

Through this online training, you'll gain in-demand expertise for the digital economy including digital branding, communications, marketing online sales and more.  Learn more…

Learn skills to be a productive agricultural worker in greenhouses and market garden farms. Taught by experienced organic farmers and horticulturalists, you’ll learn about greenhouse operations, planting and transplanting, fieldwork, harvesting and farmer’s market sales. Learn more…

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 – June 2022 | Tuition: approx. $5,281

Join us for an information session Tuesday, Oct 19.

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, 6-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 | Jan - Jun 2022, Mon - Thu, 9 am - 3 pm | Tuition: approx. $6,505

Join us for an information session Wednesday, Nov 18

Learn the main theories, concepts and practices of sustainable mixed farming. You'll explore greenhouse propagation, mixed livestock, farm equipment operation, sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as market garden production and business management skills. Learn more…

Blended Delivery CV Campus | April 2022 - Sep 2022

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 fall, CVEC will be offering all courses online via Zoom regardless of Covid-19 restrictions. Registration will commence some time during the week of Sep 20, 2021. 

Campbell River ElderCollege

Fall 2021 term, Campbell River ElderCollege (CREC)will be offering all its courses online via Blue Jeans.  Please send an email to eldercollegecr@nic.bc.ca to request a meeting invite to our Information session which will be held @ 1:30 pm on Friday, September 10, 2021.  Online registration for  this term will begin on Monday, September 14, 2021 at 9 am.  Annual membership fees can be purchased online in advance. Please note Elder College communicates via email. To ensure you receive email correspondence, update your personal information by completing a Change of Address form – located at this link: https://www.nic.bc.ca/admissions/student-records/nic-forms/.

Port Alberni ElderCollege

This fall, Port Alberni ElderCollege will be offering two courses, the Chemistry & Biochemistry of Food and Dominant World Leader’s of the 1930’sThe courses will be offered in class.  Follow the link below to view the course descriptions and to register online. Port Alberni ElderCollege membership will be required. For more options, feel free to join ElderCollege memberships at the Comox Valley and Campbell River campus to enjoy their online offerings.

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.

Business & Computer Training

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Continuing Education Programs

Grow your personal and professional skillset through our specialized fast-track CE programs

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.

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.

Join our interest list

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.

Have questions? Contact your local Continuing Education department

Comox Valley: CETinfo-cv@nic.bc.ca

Campbell River campus: cetinfo-cr@nic.bc.ca

Port Alberni campus: cetinfo-pa@nic.bc.ca