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

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 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-CRS7 CR Apr 17 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS1 CR May 15 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS2 CR Jun 19 $295.00

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

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-CRS1 CR Jun 5 $110.00
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-010-PHS1 PH May 1 $232.00
FAC-010-UCS1 UC Apr 17 $175.00

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-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 Apr 19-Apr 20 $170.00
FAC-021-CVS2 CV Apr 24-Apr 25 $170.00

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 Jul 17 $105.00
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-CRB2 CR Jun 16 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB1 CR Aug 16 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB2 CR Aug 28 $175.00
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-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-CRS4 CR Apr 26-Apr 27 $170.00
FAC-082-PAS1 PA May 1-May 2 $175.00

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.

No upcoming sections.

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-CRS1 CR May 5 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS1 CV May 26 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS1 CV Jul 21 $100.00
OFA-010-PHS6 PH Apr 16 $235.00

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 May 31-Jun 11 $765.00
OFA-030-PHS2 PH Apr 26-May 7 $1325.00
OFA-030-PHS1 PH Aug 16-Aug 27 $1345.00

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-CVS2 CV Jun 7-Jun 11 $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

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-DLS4 CR Apr 20-Apr 21 $375.00
NAU-016-DLS1 PA May 13-May 14 $375.00
NAU-016-DLS2 PA Jun 10-Jun 11 $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-CRS5 CR Apr 26-Apr 29 $825.00
MED-032-CRS1 CR May 10-May 13 $825.00
MED-032-CRS2 CR Jun 7-Jun 10 $825.00

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 May 25-Jun 9 $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-CRS2 CR Apr 21-Apr 27 $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 Jun 21-Jun 23 $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-CRS4 CR Apr 17 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS1 CR May 15 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS2 CR Jun 19 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS1 PA May 15 $99.00

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 | May-Aug 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 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. 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 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