Winter 2021 Course Guide

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 Winter 2021 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.
John Bowman
NIC President

Read the welcome letter from NIC President John Bowman.

Going Digital

For Winter 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.

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

Professional and Career Training

BKK-010

Beginner's Bookkeeping

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
BKK-010-DLS1 CR Feb 10-Mar 31 $305.00

BSW-101

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-CRB1 CR Mar 19-Mar 21 $389.00
BSW-101-CRB1 CR May 28-May 30 $389.00
BSW-101-PAB1 PA Apr 23-Apr 25 $389.00

FLO-010

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-CRS3 CR Jan 23 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS4 CR Feb 20 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS5 CR Mar 20 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS7 CR Apr 17 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS1 CR May 22 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS2 CR Jun 19 $295.00

MVI-010

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 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.

Section Location Dates Cost
MVI-010-CRS1 CR Mar 19-Mar 21 $645.00

MVO-071

Transport of Dangerous Goods - Online

This course provides shippers, handlers and drivers with a clear understanding of the basic transportation of dangerous goods, which meet the requirements of federal and provincial legislation. The flexible online format allows participants to complete the course at their own pace and convenience. Note: You must complete this course within 30 days. Email address required. Ask for information sheet when registering.

Section Location Dates Cost
MVO-071-DLU1 PA May 1-Jul 30 $75.00
MVO-071-DLU1 PA Jul 2-Sep 30 $75.00

LPN-016

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 PA May 1-Jul 30 $90.00
LPN-016-DLU1 PA Jul 1-Sep 30 $90.00

AET-020

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-CVS2 CV Apr 26-May 7 $1010.00

FAC-010

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-CRS2 CR Jan 23 $105.00
FAC-010-CRS3 CR Mar 20 $105.00
FAC-010-CRS1 CR Jun 5 $110.00
FAC-010-CVS2 CV Mar 13 $105.00
FAC-010-CVS1 CV Jun 19 $110.00
FAC-010-CVS1 CV Aug 8 $110.00
FAC-010-PAS1 PA Aug 14 $110.00

FAC-016

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 CV Feb 1-Feb 28 $35.00
FAC-016-DLU3 CV Mar 1-Mar 31 $35.00
FAC-016-DLU4 CV Apr 1-Apr 30 $35.00

FAC-017

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 CV Feb 1-Feb 28 $280.00
FAC-017-DLU3 CV Mar 1-Mar 31 $280.00
FAC-017-DLU4 CV Apr 1-Apr 30 $280.00

FAC-019

CPR Level Basic Life Support (CPR BLS)

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)

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-019-CVS1 CV Jan 22 $80.00

FAC-020

Emergency First Aid with CPR Level C

The emergency first aid course covers the basic skills necessary to deal with time priority emergencies. The RC Emergency First Aid course is now recognized by WorkSafe BC as a valid equivalent certification for the Occupational First Aid Level 1. Certification is transferable between provinces and recognized nationally for workplace requirements. 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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-020-CVS1 CV Aug 12 $105.00
FAC-020-PAS1 PA Mar 13 $100.00

FAC-021

Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C

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 RC Standard First Aid course is now recognized by WorkSafe BC as a valid equivalent certification for the Occupational First Aid Level 1. Certification is transferable between provinces and recognized nationally for workplace requirements. Includes all of the content of the Emergency First Aid course (FAC 020) 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-021-CRS1 CR Mar 23-Mar 24 $170.00
FAC-021-CVS1 CV Feb 20-Feb 21 $170.00
FAC-021-CVS2 CV Apr 24-Apr 25 $170.00
FAC-021-PHS1 PH Feb 17-Feb 18 $225.00

FAC-045

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 CV Feb 1-Feb 28 $30.00
FAC-045-DLU3 CV Mar 1-Mar 31 $30.00
FAC-045-DLU4 CV Apr 1-Apr 30 $30.00

FAC-046

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 CV Feb 1-Feb 28 $30.00
FAC-046-DLU3 CV Mar 1-Mar 31 $30.00
FAC-046-DLU4 CV Apr 1-Apr 30 $30.00

FAC-056

Psychological First Aid - Self-Care

This exciting online program assists learners from youth to seniors in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, grief and trauma, with an emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Learners will be introduced to the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model and will learn how to cope with the effects of various types of stress. This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or in combination with the Psychological First Aid - Caring for Others online course to supplement and strengthen an overall wellness program. We also provide a full program which includes the two online courses and the in class training session. 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 14 years of age (recommended)

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-056-DLU2 CV Feb 1-Feb 28 $45.00
FAC-056-DLU3 CV Mar 1-Mar 31 $45.00
FAC-056-DLU4 CV Apr 1-Apr 30 $45.00

FAC-057

Psychological FAID - Caring for Others

This exciting online program assists learners from youth to seniors in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, grief and trauma on others, with an emphasis on caring for others. Learners will be introduced to the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model and will learn how to support others tocope with the effects of various types of stress. This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or in combination with the Psychological First Aid - Self-Care online course to supplement and strengthen an overall wellness program. We also provide a full program which includes the two online courses and the in class training session. 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 16 years of age (recommended)

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-057-DLU2 CV Feb 1-Feb 28 $45.00
FAC-057-DLU3 CV Mar 1-Mar 31 $45.00
FAC-057-DLU4 CV Apr 1-Apr 30 $45.00

FAC-080

Red Cross Emergency First Aid & CPR Level C - Blended Learning

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.

Prerequisite(s): None

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-080-CRB1 CR Feb 10 $100.00
FAC-080-CRB2 CR Apr 20 $100.00
FAC-080-CRB1 CR Jul 17 $105.00
FAC-080-CVB2 CV Apr 10 $100.00
FAC-080-PAB1 PA Feb 20 $100.00
FAC-080-PAB1 PA Jun 19 $105.00

FAC-081

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 Feb 20 $170.00
FAC-081-CRB1 CR May 15 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB2 CR Jun 16 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB1 CR Aug 16 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB2 CR Aug 28 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB2 CV Mar 14 $170.00
FAC-081-CVB1 CV May 15 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB1 CV Jul 12 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB2 CV Jul 24 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB3 CV Aug 22 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB2 PA Feb 21 $170.00
FAC-081-PAB3 PA Apr 10 $170.00
FAC-081-PAB1 PA May 15 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB1 PA Jul 10 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB2 PA Aug 11 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB3 PA Aug 21 $175.00

FAC-082

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 Feb 6-Feb 7 $170.00
FAC-082-CRS3 CR Apr 7-Apr 8 $170.00
FAC-082-CVS2 CV Mar 27-Mar 28 $170.00
FAC-082-PAS1 PA Mar 6-Mar 7 $170.00
FAC-082-PAS2 PA Mar 27-Mar 28 $170.00
FAC-082-PAS1 PA May 1-May 2 $175.00
FAC-082-UCS1 UC Mar 20-Mar 21 $250.00

FAC-084

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 Feb 8-Feb 12 $625.00

OFA-010

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-CRSE CR Mar 10 $95.00
OFA-010-CRS1 CR May 5 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS4 CV Mar 22 $95.00
OFA-010-CVS5 CV Apr 14 $95.00
OFA-010-CVS1 CV May 26 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS1 CV Jul 21 $100.00
OFA-010-PAS3 PA Feb 3 $115.00
OFA-010-PAS4 PA Mar 17 $115.00
OFA-010-PHS2 PH Mar 2 $235.00
OFA-010-PHS3 PH Apr 14 $235.00

OFA-015

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-CVS1 CV Mar 23 $115.00
OFA-015-PHS1 PH Mar 3 $250.00
OFA-015-PHS2 PH Apr 15 $250.00

OFA-030

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 Feb 22-Mar 5 $750.00
OFA-030-CVS1 CV May 31-Jun 11 $765.00
OFA-030-CVS1 CV Aug 16-Aug 27 $765.00
OFA-030-PHS1 PH Mar 8-Mar 19 $1325.00

OFA-032

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 Mar 1-Mar 5 $600.00
OFA-032-CVS2 CV Jun 7-Jun 11 $610.00
OFA-032-CVS1 CV Aug 23-Aug 27 $610.00

WSF-019

Orientation to WHMIS Online

Orientation to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is a comprehensive on-line program that covers all major topics relevant for new hires. The online material will cover the fundamental information for worker education, including material safety and training. You must complete the course within 30 days. A valid email address is required.

Section Location Dates Cost
WSF-019-DLU1 PA May 1-Jul 30 $45.00
WSF-019-DLU1 PA Jul 2-Sep 30 $45.00

WSF-024

Confined Space Pre-Entry - Online

This detailed and interactive online course provides a basic understanding of confined spaces in the workplace, legislation that governs them and the hazards associated with entering them. Please note: You must complete this course within 30 days. Email address required.

Section Location Dates Cost
WSF-024-DLU1 PA May 1-Jul 30 $75.00
WSF-024-DLU1 PA Jul 2-Sep 30 $75.00

WSF-050

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 CV Feb 1-Feb 28 $25.00
WSF-050-DLU3 CV Mar 1-Mar 31 $25.00
WSF-050-DLU4 CV Apr 1-Apr 30 $25.00

NAU-016

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-DLS2 CR Feb 6-Feb 7 $375.00
NAU-016-DLS3 CR Mar 6-Mar 7 $375.00
NAU-016-DLS1 PA May 13-May 14 $375.00

MED-032

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-CRS1 CR Jan 27-Jan 30 $825.00
MED-032-CRS2 CR Feb 22-Feb 25 $825.00
MED-032-CRS3 CR Mar 22-Mar 25 $825.00
MED-032-CRS4 CR Apr 7-Apr 10 $825.00
MED-032-UCS1 UC Mar 8-Mar 11 $1000.00

NAU-030

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 Feb 8-Feb 12 $970.00
NAU-030-CRS2 CR Mar 15-Mar 19 $970.00

NAU-038

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 Feb 1-Feb 17 $1610.00

NAU-039

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-PAS1 PA Apr 27-May 5 $1080.00

NAU-051

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-CRS1 CR Feb 18-Feb 20 $825.00
NAU-051-CRS2 CR Mar 18-Mar 20 $825.00
NAU-051-CRS3 CR Apr 12-Apr 14 $825.00
NAU-051-PAS1 PA May 17-May 19 $588.00

TFS-010

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-CRS1 CR Jan 23 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS2 CR Feb 20 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS3 CR Mar 20 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS4 CR Apr 17 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS1 CR May 22 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS2 CR Jun 19 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS1 PA Jan 23 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS2 PA Feb 27 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS3 PA Apr 10 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS1 PA May 15 $99.00

GENI-5110

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 CR Apr 13  

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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 2021-May 2022| 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

Join us for an information session Tuesday, April 13.

The 144-hour Leadership and Change Certificate is designed for individuals preparing for more senior or advanced leadership roles in their organization. This program will be of interest to individuals who want to nurture their own leadership character and competencies and be agents of change. Note: this program is delivered online via Okanagan College. Learn more...

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.

ElderCollege

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 winter, CVEC will be offering all courses online via Zoom. Participants must pay an annual membership fee, which is valid from Sept 2020-Apr 2021. Being a member will automatically qualify you to receive our online course guide in advance of registration. Registration will commence some time during the week of Jan 18-22, 2021. 

Campbell River ElderCollege

This year, CREC will be offering all its courses online via Zoom. An information session will be held January 8 at 11 am. Please send an email to eldercollegecr@nic.bc.ca to request a meeting invite. Registration for the winter term will begin on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9 am. Participants must pay their annual membership fee and pre-register online. Instructors are standing by to give you a one to one tutoring session to get you on to Zoom and make sure that you are ready for the Winter 2021 term. If you would like to take a test drive, send an email with your contact information to eldercollegecr@nic.bc.ca. Sessions for tutoring will begin December 8, 2020.

Port Alberni ElderCollege

This year, 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 Fall 2021.

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

Ed2Go Online Computer Fundamentals

Ed2Go Online Microsoft Office

Ed2Go Online Adobe

Ed2GO Online Marketing Online

General Interest

Ed2Go Online Photography

Ed2Go Online Creative Writing

Ed2Go Online Health & Wellness

Ed2Go Online Languages

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.

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.

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