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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-CVS1 CV Sep 16-Nov 18 $305.00
BKK-010-CVS1 CV Jan 20-Mar 16 $305.00


NICBotCamp Xtreme

Ready, Set, Build bigger and more complex robots at this NICBotCamp Xtreme! Students (ages 10 to 14) can join this week-long camp to expand on your Lego Robot skills by learning NEW programming techniques and working with sensors! Students must have either taken a previous Lego robotics camp or have experience building and programming Lego EV3 robots.

Prerequisite(s): Previous Lego Robotics Camp or Lego EV3 experience.

Section Location Dates Cost
CAMP-BTXT-CVS2 CV Jul 22-Jul 26 $195.00
CAMP-BTXT-CVS1 CV Aug 26-Aug 30 $195.00



The NICBotCamp will use LEGO robots to inspire and engage youth in science and engineering pursuits. Students (grades 4 to 6) will participate in fun, hands-on camps during the week, learning basic digital literacy skills including LEGO robotics.

Section Location Dates Cost
CAMP-LEGO-CVS3 CV Jul 22-Jul 26 $185.00
CAMP-LEGO-CVS2 CV Aug 26-Aug 30 $185.00


Mad Scientist Youth Camp

Campers, strap on your safety goggles and prepare to partake in hands on experiments and laboratory demonstrations in this week long camp! Children (ages 10 to 13) can join this camp to expand on their knowledge of the wacky world of science! Campers will explore optics in physics, forces/strength of material in engineering, gooey reactions in chemistry, wonders of life in biology and the basics of coding. A good time will be had by all!

Section Location Dates Cost
CAMP-MDSC-CVS1 CV Aug 12-Aug 16 $199.00


Building Effective Teams

Research indicates only one out of five teams are high performing. Learning to work effectively as a team or within a team is critical in today's world. In this highly engaging and interactive course you will learn the key factors and skills required by anyone leading or working within a team. This course introduces some team models, key concepts and practical tools so your team can perform more effectively and achieve extraordinary results.

Section Location Dates Cost
COM-021-CVS1 CV Oct 25 $229.00


Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

As the pace of change and demands increase in our work lives, our ability to handle our emotional states becomes even more important. Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been linked to leadership and managerial success in the workplace. This introductory course gives you a sense of how well you are currently functioning and how you can harness EI skills to attain your professional goals. Note: Preparation work prior to class

Section Location Dates Cost
COM-031-CVS1 CV Nov 22 $229.00


Excel Level 1

This course introduces the latest version of Microsoft Excel, one of several widely used electronic spreadsheet and graphing applications. Participants will learn the basics of creating and navigating spreadsheets, how to apply formatting, auto formatting, editing, copying and moving, inserting rows/columns, simple formulas, data entry, charting and printing. In this 12-hour course we will also look at absolute and relative addressing, one of the many features of this amazing program. Note: Please bring a flash drive to class.

Section Location Dates Cost
CPA-011-CVS1 CV Sep 12-Oct 3 $205.00
CPA-011-CVS1 CV Jan 23-Feb 13 $205.00


Nursing Foot Care

This 7 day course is for currently licensed-to-practice RNs and LPNs - with a recommended minimum of 2 years nursing experience. Students MUST present written proof of current licensure on the first day. Course runs Monday to Friday of Week 1 and Monday and Tuesday of Week 2. In this advanced foot care nursing course you will learn the best practice standards for cleansing and sterilizing the high risk foot. Topics include prevention and treatment of foot care disorders, factors affecting foot health, preparation to provide nursing foot care services within a health care setting and in private practice. Participants must complete a clinical practice component and an open-book examination (70% mark required). DO NOT purchase instruments or supplies prior to the course. Bring a large towel and a skin moisturizer. You will practice on each other and are requested NOT TO CUT YOUR TOENAILS FOR 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE COURSE and to REMOVE NAIL POLISH. Prerequisite: Proof of RN or LPN current, practicing registration/licensure; LPNs should have a minimum of 2 years nursing experience. Prerequisite(s): Proof of RN or LPN current, practicing registration/licensure (from BCCNP).

Prerequisite(s): Proof of RN or LPN current, practicing registration/licensure.

Section Location Dates Cost
FTC-010-CVS1 CV Aug 12-Aug 20 $905.00


Drawing: The Basics

Explore basic drawing techniques with artist Clive Powsey. Learn to accurately draw what you see with line and then render light and shade on form with shading and hatching. Informal perspective and measuring of angles and proportions will be considered. Planar drawing, modular drawing, and shading and separating the effect of local colour from light and shade on form will also be covered. Subject matter will include still life, architecture, machinery, the face and the figure (including drawing from life). Instructor: Clive Powsey Note: Request a supply list when registering.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1410-CVS1 CV Oct 15-Nov 19 $169.00


Watercolours: Beginner & Continuing

Experience the magic of watercolour painting while letting go of control and painting with flow. Watch the miracle of spontaneity as it explodes on paper. If you haven't already tried painting or you feel rusty because it has been a while since you did, a few sessions with this enthusiastic instructor will excite and inspire you. Learn the steps to creating a watercolour, from initial drawing to finished painting using demonstrations, discussion and lots of hands-on practice. Learn care and use of quality materials, drawing fundamentals, colour theory and mixing colours. Techniques such as flat wash, graded wash, dry brush, and wet-in-wet will be demonstrated. Discover how exciting it is to transform your ideas into completed projects. Note: Request a supply list.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1510-CVS1 CV Oct 3-Nov 7 $179.00


Watercolours: Outside the Lines

Learn how to bravely express yourself through watercolours by letting go and letting the paint flow. Share in a class of humour, enthusiasm, and knowledge in a friendly, accepting environment. A course for beginners. Instructor: Teresa Knight Note: Request a supply list at time of registration.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1524-CVS1 CV Nov 2-Nov 16 $99.00


Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Enjoy learning to paint with this colourful, versatile, water-soluble medium. The instructor explains the basics of acrylic paint, brushes and painting surfaces. She will introduce you to key elements such as colour mixing, value and painting techniques. The class will include demonstrations and practice in looking at building up layers and abstract backgrounds, flowers up close, and landscapes and natural elements. In a relaxed environment, the instructor will provide group and individual instruction to encourage and inspire the beginner. Request a supply list at time of registration.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1535-CVS1 CV Oct 8-Nov 26 $179.00


Contemporaty Chinese Brush Painting

Are you drawn to the beauty of Chinese art? In this fun and hands on art workshop you will be introduced to both traditional and contemporary Chinese Brush Painting. Students will learn about ink, rice paper, colour, composition and aesthetic principles of Chinese Brush Painting. In addition, students learn how to make special texture on rice paper by using non-traditional materials. Instruction will include instructor demonstrations, lecture, slide presentation and plenty one-on-one time with you. At the end, students will be encouraged to explore your personal style on rice paper by using this ancient medium. Some experience in painting will help, but is not necessary. Supply list available at Registration Office.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1565-CVS1 CV Oct 19 $90.00


Painting the Figure

People may seem to be the hardest subject to paint, but the Instructor, Teresa Knight makes it easy to do by demonstrating the process in easy to follow, logical steps that WORK. Learn how to depict the body in any position, getting the proportions right, while allowing for freedom in your brushstrokes and style. We'll cover mixing perfect flesh tones, adding reflected colours, tips for difficult areas like hands and feet, and ways to depict foreshortenened areas. We will loosely paint the face in the same style as the body and add movement and life. Working from photos, from each other and finally from a model puts it all together for and fun and professional way to cap off the course.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1584-CVS1 CV Sep 14-Oct 19 $179.00


Introduction to Clay

Explore the techniques of pinching, coiling and slab construction to produce pottery, including an introduction to wheel-thrown forms. The instructor will provide direction for beginners and those with some previous experience. Note: Price includes approx. $50 worth of clay.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1605-CVS1 CV Sep 12-Oct 31 $299.00


Clay - Wheel-throwing Fundamentals & Beyond

This course is designed for those with some previous experience working with clay. We will cover the skills of basic wheel-throwing, as well as an introduction to intermediate and advanced skills required to move on to more complex forms, dependent on individual skill level. We will cover how to make various forms on the wheel starting with a simple cylinder and moving on to mugs, bowls, jugs, and vase, as well as firing and glazing. Join us and have fun getting your hands dirty!

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1622-CVS1 CV Nov 7-Dec 12 $299.00


Spanish Conversation for Beginners Lvl 1

Learn the most commonly used expressions, greetings, and basic vocabulary for travellers as well as sentence construction and some grammar in this popular course that introduces the basic concepts of the Spanish language. Students will also be introduced to the cultural aspects of Latin American societies. Instructor: Marcia Velasquez.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-2470-CVS1 CV Sep 17-Oct 24 $220.00


Spanish Conversation for Beginners Lvl 2

Students strengthen knowledge acquired in level 1 in this fun & interactive class. Learn to speak in a more detailed way about daily life, family, work, and hobbies. You will be able to carry on a simple conversation after this course.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-2471-CVS1 CV Oct 29-Dec 5 $220.00


Basic Digital Photography

Learn basic photographic controls such as exposure, focus, depth of field, metering, and white balance in this introduction to digital single-lens reflect (SLR) photography. Lectures, workshops, slide shows and critiques of student work will stress positive achievement and build confidence to tackle more challenging photographic work. Instructor: Clinton Palmer, Campbell River; Paul Wenger, Comox Valley Note: Bring a digital SLR camera to class. No "point and shoot" cameras.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-2721-CVS1 CV Oct 1-Nov 5 $229.00


Intermediate Digital Photography

This course has been designed for students who are ready to learn more advanced photography skills. Topics include shooting raw vs. j-peg, white-balance concerns, preparation for printing and lighting for still-life and people. Students require their own digital SLR.

Prerequisite(s): Recommended prerequisite: Basic Digital Photography or equivalent.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-2725-CVS1 CV Oct 2-Nov 6 $229.00


Public Speaking: Transform Nerves & Speak With Power

This workshop teaches practical skills to shift nervous thinking into present moment engagement, access vocal power and range, communicate with clear intention, bring language to life, and speak to the hearts of your listeners. It combines information-packed content with opportunity for practice and 1-1 coaching within an encouraging learning environment that honors individual learning styles, preferences, and comfort zones.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-3082-CVS1 CV Oct 12 $138.00


The Art of Living Happily

The Art of Living Happiness Program is a 12-hour workshop offering participants practical tools and techniques to enhance their quality of life, one breath at a time! A central aspect of this program is the research-based breathing technique called S.K.Y, reported benefits include: lowered stress and anxiety (reduced cortisol), improved sleep and immunity, enhanced quality of life, emotion-regulation increased energy and cognitive function. Students will acquire tools to manage their mind and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This course is designed for everyone above the age of 18. The content is applicable to all walks of life as stress is part of our lives yet we are not taught to manage it with effective methods. It's for people experiencing stress, anxiety, but also those who feel like they have yet to reach their fullest potential and want to accomplish more in their lives. In the past decade, there has been much research demonstrating the immense benefits of yoga, meditation and breathing techniques. Please bring Yoga mats, water bottle, light blanket, small notebook & pen. MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: I represent that I am in good health, and I will inform the course organizer of any limiting health conditions before the course begins. I further acknowledge that, if I am diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar, or seizure disorders; pregnancy; and/or a new mother or recent surgical patient, certain portions of this course may not be suitable for me and I will consult with my medical provider before registering.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-5345-CVS1 CV Oct 15-Oct 18 $399.00


Test Success Using Self-Hypnosis

This course provides participants with a lifelong skill; a calm and focused approach to taking tests and other stressful situations. Hypnosis is used to anchor positive suggestions and emotional states. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind a characteristic of which is an extraordinary quality of mental, physical, and emotional relaxation. There is heightened mental focus and responsiveness to suggestion, direction, and instruction. When coupled with an emotionalized desire to satisfy the suggested behavior, positive change is created through hypnosis.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-5370-CVS1 CV Nov 6 $55.00


Mortgage 101 - Buying a Home

As we all know "knowledge is power" so if you are a first time home buyer or someone who wants to learn more about mortgages before purchasing again, we invite you to join us for this informative 2 night course. The instructor will cover a wide variety of topics included types of mortgages, key terminology, fixed and variable rates, CMHC insurance, special programs and grants available from Provincial and Federal sources and much more. You will leave feeling ready to negotiate the best mortgage.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-7001-CVS1 CV Oct 30-Nov 6 $85.00


Market Gardener Program Info Session

This informative info session will provide prospective students with a comprehensive overview of the Market Gardener Program, and a chance to meet the instructor teaching the program.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-7580-CVS1 CV Oct 29  


Permaculture: Design Your Property

Large or small, your property has the potential to provide you with an abundance of fresh food! Permaculture is a science-based ethical design system that teaches people how to layout their gardens in a way that cares for the planet. Applying the principles of permaculture, you will design your property by analyzing, mapping and planning it. You will learn the tools and techniques required to develop a regenerative abundant landscape.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-7945-CVS1 CV Oct 2-Oct 30 $165.00


Animal Care Aide Info Session

This strongly recommended information session will give prospective students the opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the program. Note: The session is free, but students must pre-register.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-8020-CVS1 CV Mar 4  


CVEC 20th Anniversary Recognition Event

On Friday, September 13, 2019 Comox Valley ElderCollege members and guests will gather at North Island College's Stan Hagan Theatre for the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the formation of the Comox Valley ElderCollege. The program will feature a few short speeches and will provide an opportunity for group photos celebrating twenty years of learning together in the Comox Valley!

No upcoming sections.


Introduction to Market Gardening

This course introduces students to the main theories of organic market garden operations and production techniques. The course covers safety training, computer application training, crop planning, business management, and marketing.

No upcoming sections.


Greenhouse Operations

This course introduces students to greenhouse operations and production techniques. The course covers plant science, soil science, pest identification and control, irrigation, humidity, plant propagation, pruning and seeding. Hydroponics, aquaponics, building materials, glazing and tool use are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): None

No upcoming sections.


Market Garden Operation

This course takes the students from the classroom and the greenhouse into the field, applying the theories they have learned. The course covers all aspects of hands-on market garden operations including planting, production, weeding and harvesting. Students will also cover business planning, marketing, value added techniques and sales.

Prerequisite(s): None

No upcoming sections.


Business Plan Preparation

This course leads the student through the creation of a business plan with the goal of securing a business start-up loan to fund their market garden business.

Prerequisite(s): None

No upcoming sections.


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. Note: Bring a packed lunch, beverage and government-issued picture ID to class.

Section Location Dates Cost
TFS-010-CVS2 CV Aug 10 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS1 CV Sep 14 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS2 CV Oct 19 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS3 CV Nov 16 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS4 CV Dec 7 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS1 CV Jan 11 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS2 CV Feb 8 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS3 CV Mar 7 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS4 CV Apr 4 $99.00


Risk Assessment & Harzard Identification

This course will introduce participants to the legislation, requirements, and processes for conducting effective hazard identification as relates to risk assessments for a workplace. The definition of what a "hazard" and what a "risk" are. Once hazards are accurately identified only then can risk levels be assigned and prioritized which will allow for a risk assessment for your workplace to be carried out. Learn how to address the completed risk assessment hazards using the hierarchy of controls to mitigate the hazards in your workplace to minimize workers exposure to them.

Section Location Dates Cost
WSF-033-CVS1 CV Nov 30 $295.00


Wkpl Inspctns & Incdnt/Accdnt Invstgtns

The Workplace Inspections & Incident/Accident Investigations course will introduce participants to the regulations, responsibilities and processes for conducting effective workplace inspections and incident/accident investigations. Formal workplace inspections are an opportunity to identify any hazards in your workplace so to develop the necessary corrective actions and are an important element of all occupational health & safety programs. Formal workplace inspections are a "snapshot in time" of current workplace conditions and to be used to prevent unsafe working conditions from developing. Incident/accident investigations are required to be completed by an employer and where required, with assistance from the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee, when an injury or a "near-miss" occur in the workplace and are an important part of all occupational health & safety programs. The goal of all incident investigations is prevention of it re-occurring by addressing the hazard(s). Upon completion of this course you will know how workplace inspections & incident investigations contribute to a safe & healthy work environment.

Section Location Dates Cost
WSF-039-CVS1 CV Nov 29 $295.00