Continuing Education Search Results


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 Feb 7-Feb 18 $1010.00



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 DL Sep 14-Nov 2 $305.00


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-CRB1 CR Oct 1-Oct 3 $389.00
BSW-101-CRB2 CR Nov 19-Nov 21 $389.00
BSW-101-PAB1 PA Oct 22-Oct 24 $389.00


On Campus

French Language Camp

Be prepared for high school this September with fun, interactive activities, games, and challenges - all in French!

Section Location Dates Cost
CAMP-FREN-CVS1 CV Aug 23-Aug 27 $220.00


On Campus

Jr. Adventure Guides

Prepare for your next wilderness adventure! Learn the fundamentals of wilderness safety and survival, navigation and orienteering, leadership and communication skills and take part in fun outdoor challenges!

Section Location Dates Cost
CAMP-JRDV-CVS1 CV Aug 16-Aug 20 $220.00


On Campus

NICBot Camp

Learn how to build, program and control Lego EV3 Robots. No prior experience required. This year's camp will be offered as a combination of previous Level 1 and "Xtreme" camps with expansion kits available for those with prior robotics experience.

Section Location Dates Cost
CAMP-LEGO-CRS2 CR Aug 16-Aug 20 $200.00
CAMP-LEGO-CVS2 CV Aug 23-Aug 27 $200.00
CAMP-LEGO-PAS1 PA Aug 9-Aug 13 $200.00


On Campus

Mad Scientist Camp

Explore optics in physics, create reactions in chemistry and navigate the wonders of life in biology. Take part in hands on experiments, fun games and challenges. Be prepared for anything!

Section Location Dates Cost
CAMP-MDSC-CVS2 CV Aug 9-Aug 13 $235.00


On Campus

Sage 50-1

Set-up and use all six modules in Sage 50 -1 accounting software (formerly Simply Accounting) with emphasis on the general ledger, accounts payable, receivable and payroll modules. The job cost and inventory modules may also be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): Basic Bookkeeping or equivalent & familiarity with Windows

Section Location Dates Cost
CPA-015-CRS1 CR Nov 9-Dec 7 $330.80


On Campus

CV ElderCollege Membership

ElderCollege membership is an annual membership from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. CVEC does not run courses during the period of May 1 to August 31. By requesting membership with ElderCollege, I understand the membership fee is non-refundable; I consent to NIC releasing my personal information to the ElderCollege Executive Committee and its subcommittees, for the purposes of course registration/notification, and in supporting ElderCollege volunteer activities.

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-0001-DLS1 CV Apr 30 $10.00



Knights and Needlework

It has been said that there is only one aspect of the Battle of Hastings on which historians agree--the Normans won! At some point after this undisputed victory, an embroidery known as the Bayeux Tapestry was created. This course will provide a background to England before and during 1066. It will then delve into the mystery and adventure surrounding the making and survival of the Bayeux Tapestry.



Creative Art Box

This course is designed for artists and non-artists to open up their creativity with an introduction of simple art techniques to develop an artist's eye, gain confidence in creating art, and develop new skills to create original art on canvas. The eight sessions will include art videos, demonstrations and interactive discussions. Participants are invited to present their work in a final show and tell online.



Painting Our Salish Sea

Build knowledge of the land, sea and sky of our Salish Sea area. Follow with an examination of related paintings of Impressionist, Neo-Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. Then use this knowledge to create your own acrylic paintings with Terri's guidance. There is a balance of theory and hands-on painting and both experienced artists and beginners will have fun learning together. All levels are invited - experience the joy of creativity!



Escape from Colditz Castle

Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering visited Colditz Castle early in WW2. He declared the castle to be "escape-proof," one of many prognostications Goering got wrong. See how the presenter's uncle and a bookkeeper from Manitoba pulled off one of the most famous and successful WW2 escapes. The Dutch did the same a few days later and only got caught when the plan was used a fourth time.



Magic Music Box

Each of the four sessions will feature indepth interviews, performances, musical tips and interactive discussions with some of the best musicians from the Comox Valley. The genres will include blues, jazz, and contemporary, to name a few. Sit back and enjoy, or mix it up and talk to the performers.



All That Jazz

Learn about jazz: the songs,artists, styles and recordings that make up the story of this great music. No musical ability needed; good ears recommended. "Stop playing all those weird notes. Play the melody" T.S. Monk.



Themes in Medieval and Renaissance Art

The course will involve viewing and discussing a variety of images of medieval and Renaissance art. It will be organised into topics related to the worldviews of the period, including Christian belief, naturalism, individualism and classical humanism. All participants will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.



Potlatch, Then and Now

We will explore the origins of the potlatch, its historical development (pre-contact), colonial disruption (1884-1930s) and the emergence of the contemporary potlatch (1969 - present). You will gain a new understanding and appreciation of the cultural significance and complexity of this unique Northwest Coast First Nations tradition. Wedlidi Speck is a hereditary chief who has been active in many potlatch roles, and is a recognized cultural teacher.



Drama and Dictatorship

Shakespeare's time was troubled with war and insurrection and he had to tread a careful path with what he put on stage. Comparing Julius Caesar to Death of a Chief, a contemporary adaptation by Indigenous playwright Yvette Nolan, offers lots to think about in terms of gender, culture, history, and systems of governance. We will read the plays (in PDF format) out loud together and discuss our questions and insights.



Writers' Workshop

This is an interactive class in which writers and would-be writers may share their work and have it gently appreciated and critiqued by others. No formal instruction.



Spanish for Beginners

This course seeks to provide basic skills for everyday communication to seniors with no previous knowledge of Spanish. They will be confronted with real life situations, with an emphasis on those encountered when travelling (introducing themselves, giving or asking for information, ordering a meal, etc.). Oral communication and acquisition of basic phonetics will be priorized so students learn to understand and be understood. Interaction will be encouraged.



Intermediate Spanish

This course will expand vocabulary and communication skills for seniors with an intermediate level in Spanish. They will already be able to describe experiences and give brief reasons for opinions, plans and courses of action, provided that the subject is familiar or of personal interest. The focus will be on oral communication, and interaction will be encouraged. Open discussions will focus on suggested topics, particularly those useful for travellers.



Looking Forward, Giving Back

You will learn how to leave a legacy that benefits students, your family and the community. You don't have to choose between supporting your family and the community you love. We will cover tax laws and estate planning. A lawyer and an accountant will be available to answer questions on using tax savings to benefit future generations and worthy community initiatives.



Downsizing and Organizing for Elders.

You have accumulated a lifetime of "stuff." What is to happen to it now and when you are gone? With guidance, you will explore your relationship with your "stuff" and to organize and let go of some of it. You'll learn what to do with things like old love letters, collections, photos, and gifts. And you will find ways to talk to family about the "stuff" you may leave behind.



Role of the Executor

You will learn the role of the executor in BC estate administration law from a practising estate administration lawyer. We will discuss factors to consider before you accept or assign the appointment as an executor. We will also address practical steps to be taken upon a will-maker's death, and the executor's rights and responsibilities in fulfilling their wishes. Optional printed materials to help with document organization will be available.



How the Internet Works

When you use emails and web browsing, does it seem akin to magic? What happens when your computers, tablets and phones connect and use the internet? This short course is for those who are curious about how things work behind the curtain and will be presented in high-level, layperson's terms.



Music for Aristocrats and Comrades

The music of Russia has an honoured place in the classical repertoire: compositions by Mussorgsky, Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev grace our concert stages and opera houses with welcome regularity. During this six-week course we will consider important works by major composers that demonstrate various stages in the development of Russian music, from the first tentative experiments with imported ideas to the creation of confident, distinctly Russian masterworks.



Digital Safety for Seniors

The TELUS Wise for Seniors Program engages Canadian seniors in a discussion about getting the most out of participating in our growing digital society, safely. Topics include Internet, smart phone, and social media safety tips as well as protecting yourself from identity theft.



Rails to Trails on Vancouver Island

The disused E&N rail corridor: a unique opportunity! Why convert this right of way? Why not a train? How can we achieve a continuous trail connecting Vancouver Island communities from Victoria to Courtenay? Join us for a discussion of this exciting proposal.



Sustainable Railways on V.I.

We will discuss the sustainability and need for passenger rail service on the Island, compare greenhouse gas emissions of rail travel and other means of transport, and examine the economic benefit to Island communities and the province. We'll also explore the roadblocks to this project, and what can be done to ensure the rail line is used and kept as a continuous corridor for now and future generations.



Doughnut Economics and Wellbeing

Our current economic system is arguably the greatest threat to human health and societal stability we face, generating massive inequality while devastating the environment. The instructor will provide some background on this threat to our wellbeing and discuss new directions we need to pursue, with a particular focus on the concept of doughnut economics, a new model related to concepts such as a wellbeing economy and a steady state economy.



Yogic Energy Techniques

This course introduces non-physical yoga techniques that benefit both body and mind. We will explore the yogic energy systems of prana (life force), nadis and chakras. In particular, we will learn techniques for moving energy through breathe work and mudras (hand positions). These techniques are suitable for all physical abilities.



Universal Devotional Chanting

The educational and devotional benefit of this course is the realization, through actual experience, that all traditions are based in the same spirit. Like yoga, devotional chanting unites us with the essential energy of the universe. That may be called God, Tao, Voice, Great Creator, or the re-creative energy found in nature. All are encouraged to participate and all levels of singing ability are welcomed.



Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan (also written as Taijiquan) is an ancient Chinese form of exercise originally created as a fighting art. Today it is recognized as much more than a martial art. Research shows how TaiChi improves balance and cognition in the aging population, has a meditative and relaxing effect, and has health benefits as well. Research on fibromyalgia and Parkinson's has resulted in physicians recommending TaiChi to their patients.



Ride Right: Cycling Road Skills

Learn the rules of the road and helpful tips for cycling in traffic. Class will include both theory and discussion. It is highly recommended that participants also register for the two-hour in-person parking lot skills and group ride complement to this theory course. The in-person component can be arranged through the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition ( following this course.



Medical Assistance in Dying

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) has been available since June 2016. The law has since been challenged in court on various occasions, leading to changes in the law as well as changes in clinical practice. This course will review the basics of MAID, the challenges, the resulting changes and anticipated future changes.



Your Microbiome - Both Good & Bad

Over the past decade there's been a scientific revolution in our understanding of the human microbiome - the trillions of Bacteria, Archaea, Yeasts and other microbes that live in/on us and are now known to be essential for normal development and function of our Brain, Immune systems and Metabolism. Learn how medical science is taking the early steps toward powerful new approaches to Obesity, Diabetes, Asthma, Allergies and - perhaps - Alzheimers.



Making Your Dreams Come True

Learn skills to use your innate abilities and passions to create a rewarding and purposeful life. Explore your dreams and then design a blueprint you can follow. By learning more about yourself in this interactive course, you will feel empowered and encouraged to move forward.



Biofilia: Our Connection to Nature

Is Nature intelligent? How closely related are we to other living species? Molecular biology is allowing us a peek at molecules at work in living cells, revealing that all cells function with the same protein molecules and genetic code, and the same molecules that energize all organisms. Come and learn the importance of bacteria, plants, animals and humans, in the natural systems and cycles of the Biosphere. A non-technical course.



Travel Insurance In A Changing World

In this course we will review the new realities associated with travelling, both during and after the current pandemic. The instructor, who is a travel and health insurance specialist, will focus on the important things to consider when securing travel insurance. Plan your trip with peace of mind!



Travelling and Technology

An introduction and overview with demonstrations of how to use various internet sites and your personal devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops) to improve your travels. Using these puts a different spin on more effective globetrotting as you plan, tour, and wrap things up on your return. Open sharing by participants of related experiences will also be encouraged during the course.



Great Trip to Compelling Story

Discuss components of meaningful travel memoir and develop our creative nonfiction writing skills. The importance of journalling, blogging, photography, steady writing practice, professional editing and publishing options are explored. Participants will bring a favourite adventure tale and begin the process of creating a compelling written account. For those wishing to share, we will peer review short homework writing challenges each week.



Ghost Ships and Ship Wrecks

The list includes historical ships and legends, land-locked ships and canals, lighthouses, dive wrecks, ships frozen in ice and at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Witness the building of ships and their demise by nature or misadventure.



Solar Panels and Energy Storage

Considering a solar panel array for your home? As an owner of a large full system array, Dale shares experience and insight into this alternative energy source, its cost and consequences as well as the benefits for you and the planet.



Electric Cars: Are they for you?

Break the myths about today's electric cars and autonomous driving, and find out about the latest advancements. Learn how EV cars can fit into your lifestyle: the benefits, risks, consequences for tomorrow. Interactive with Q & A.



Invigorate Your Book Club!

Want to liven up your book club meetings? Learn how to apply the language of literary analysis to the work you read, and sound informed as you comment on what you liked or disliked about the book selection.



Mad Hatter: UK WW2 Internment

Mad Hatter is a fictionalized account of the presenter's family's WW2 experience following her father's three years of internment as a member of Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists. The presentation will include information about the political climate of the day; how Hale came to write this novel; her research; characters, settings, and plot points in the story, supported by a short reading. There will be time for questions.



How to Argue About Ethics

This class will introduce you to the topic of applied ethics, giving you the basic tools to be able to argue about the rights and wrongs of most moral dilemmas. It is presented in an entertaining and informative manner, teaching practical ethical analysis without the sermon.



History of the Comox Valley

An overview of the history of the Comox Valley during the 19th and 20th centuries, including early settlement, agriculture, forestry, military, and social history. We will also highlight the valley's many colourful characters. Questions and discussion will be welcome.



The 1798 Lyrical Ballads

The 1798 poetry publication Lyrical Ballads is often seen as the start of the Romantic period. Published anonymously, we later found out the authors: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. We will discuss this collection, which includes well-known poems such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Coleridge) and Tintern Abbey (Wordsworth), as we identify the elements that made the works "Romantic". Required text: Lyrical Ballads (1798)(free at



Founders of Religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)

Every religion has DNA. This course considers Abrahamic religions: Judaism; Christianity; Islam; and their offshoots. Knowledge of the tenets of another belief system allows us to converse and develop relationships with those who have different religious convictions. This course investigates the founders, their life conditions, and motives as they related to their founding efforts. We will undertake this through lectures, readings, and positive respectful dialogue.



How Did We Get Here?

The course considers the interplay between Christianity, Christendom, and secularism. Beginning with Jesus of Nazareth and his Sermon of the Mount, the sessions will consider the implications upon Christendom and today's secular society. Considerations include the Crusades, the Inquisition, Enlightenment, and humanism. The sessions will combine lectures, readings, and respectful dialogue allowing the participants to draw their own conclusions.



Comox Valley Geological Prehistory

The course's two sessions will cover the geological journey that Vancouver Island has taken over the eons. Topics include volcanic origins, plate movements and earthquakes, prehistoric fossils, and newest finds and discoveries.



Applied Systems Thinking

Find out what is meant by applied systems thinking and how it affects every aspect of our daily lives. Examples will be discussed. Learn about the digital generation gap and the work of Marc Perensky as it affects you and your grandchildren. Don't be left behind.



Courtenay's Official Master Plan

Most Canadian municipalities have master development plans. In B.C., it is called an official community plan (OCP). It describes the long-term vision of communities as relates to land-use planning, transportation, housing, greenhouse gas reduction, servicing and other community priorities. Are you interested in learning how Courtenay's OCP is developed? Join City staff as they discuss the public engagement and technical analysis that goes into creating a community plan.



The Legal System of Pre-Modern China

The philosophical origins of Chinese legal thinking pre-date Confucius (551-479 BC). We address the most influential schools of philosophy: Confucianism; Daoism; and Legalism. We trace Chinese legal theory, institutions, and practice from the classical period to the Republican Revolution in 1911. Adolf Hitler's bestiality emerged from the rich civilization of Germany; a Chinese civilization without parallel produced the barbaric mass murder for organs industry in today's China. How and why?



The Cold War and Its Aftermath

We will discuss the Cold War and how the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union for ideological and political hegemony shaped world history in the Alt half of the twentieth century. When the Cold War eased in the 1990s, it was followed by the emergence of China as a big power and a resurgent Russia as rivals to American influence in world affairs.



Living Meditation

This program is intended for those with some meditation experience who long to deepen their practice and make it part of their daily life. Meditation is not just what happens when you sit in silence. It is about how that ripples into your daily existence. Lucas will guide you into meditation while offering inquiry into what it is to be alive and how we show up on a daily basis.



Foundations of Contentment

Within us lies a boundless source of inner peace and contentment. This course is aimed at people who feel a longing to experience this source. The course is largely experiential. Simple meditative and heartfulness practices are used to turn within to the deeper reaches of our being. We'll examine seven foundational elements of contentment: clarity; inner peace; awareness of self, gratitude, choice, living consciously, and getting support.



Property Values: Who Owns the Earth

Property holds a significant value to us as individuals and to our society at large. We often don't think much about property other than what it might be worth. This course will use a moderated discussion/seminar format to explore how we might broaden our understanding of property and how it affects our lives and those with whom we must share the land.



Strata: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Downsizing to a strata property has positives and negatives. Thinking of buying, or already a strata owner? This course will guide you through the things you need to know, the questions you need to ask, and where to find answers. Topics covered: owners' rights and obligations according to strata legislation; governance; privacy; human rights; managing during COVID (if still applicable); who pays for what; insurance; and the Civil Resolution Tribunal.



Backyard Composting

Composting makes use of waste and livens up soil. And it's easy to do! Come learn the secrets of safely and quickly making rich nutritious compost out of your kitchen and yard waste. Learn why, how, where, when, and what. Bring your questions for this fun discussion with a Master Composter. Feed the soil that feeds the plants that feed us!



The Fourth Border

Canada has the most extensive maritime borders in the world and the longest "undefended" land border - 8,890 kilometres. This lecture series provides snapshots of life along the 49th parallel, whether a Point Roberts resident, a movie star, an RCMP officer, or an environmental activist. We have 20% of the worlds fresh water, much of it along this border. How are we "standing on guard" with respect to our heritage?



Dividing Lines: The impact of borders on Indigenous People

The borders we recognize today separating countries, provinces, and communities are all colonial constructs that did not exist prior to European contact. Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against the Province of British Columbia in a case involving a Sinixt hunter from the Kootenays. This is just one example of the impact of the dividing lines imposed on Indigenous people. Adam will share his experience in the W_SÁNEC territory.



Canada, China & the United States: The Unsettled Triangle

As an emergent superpower, China has influenced our traditional "best friends" relationship. Three individuals symbolize this imbalanced triangle of power, interest and perception: the two Michaels and Meng Wanzhou. The Biden administration may produce a partial reset, but can Canada navigate a US-China strategic competition and make decisions based on its own values and interests? What should be done in the area of technology including Huawei and our 5G networks?



Is Point Roberts American Or Canadian?

Point Roberts, Washington is a border anomaly: part of the USA because it is below the 49th parallel. This five-square-mile peninsula attached to Delta, BC has 1,100 permanent residents, mainly Canadians who own 75 per cent of the land. All potable water and electricity are supplied by British Columbia. The local economy is 90 per cent dependent on Canadian support. It is time to review the entire governance.



Canada USA Governance- Common Roots Different Practices

In this lecture we will look at the development of the governmental structures of Canada and the USA from their common roots in Great Britain to present practices. We will have an opportunity to look at particular events in their shared history to illustrate where co-operation or tension existed. The course material will include portraits, photos and political cartoons of the period to illustrate the issues.



Water, Reconciliation and Our Common Future

We often hear "water is life" but what does that mean in the face of climate change, our history of colonisation, and our relationships within Canada and across the border? These are diverse but connected issues. From a strong background in environmental issues and her work with the International Joint Commission,  Merrell-Ann will discuss how water ethics are a critical underpinning to a secure water future.



The RCMP - Still Defending the Border

The historic mission of the RCMP was to maintain order and security along the 49th parallel. Vince Foy will focus on its federal priorities pertaining to border security, such as the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, ShipRider (Integrated Cross Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations), and the US-led Border Enforcement Security Task Force. In addition, their work with other security agencies such as the Armed Services, Canadian Border Security Agency, and CSIS.



What Are You Watching Now? The Push For Motion Picture Content

Vancouver is Canada's largest, and North America's third-largest, movie and TV production "hot spot." Each province supports agencies for business attraction, grants, production, and policy services to maximize mutual benefits for businesses, productions, and hosting communities. Cross-border supports include work permits, locations, logistics, supply company advice, and tax credits for this segment of the creative economy. We learn of B.C.'s remarkable growth and industry changes over this last decade.



The Canadian and USA Health Care Systems: A Senior's Perspective

North American health care systems are either tax funded (Canada: social) or a market model (the US). Who is included and what one gets is determined by who funds and delivers the systems; therefore, outcomes vary. The most expensive care does not necessarily mean the best quality. Dr. Noseworthy compares both systems, followed by Q&A hosted by Ottawa-based based journalist and Parliamentary Press Gallery member Chris Guly.


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 Sep 25 $110.00
FAC-010-CRS1 CR Feb 5 $110.00
FAC-010-CRS1 CR May 7 $110.00
FAC-010-CVS1 CV Aug 8 $110.00
FAC-010-CVS1 CV Sep 25 $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-PAS1 PA Aug 14 $110.00
FAC-010-PAS1 PA Oct 2 $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-DLU1 DL Sep 1-Sep 30 $35.00
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-DLU1 DL Sep 1-Sep 30 $280.00
FAC-017-DLU2 DL Nov 1-Nov 30 $280.00


On Campus

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



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-DLU1 DL Sep 1-Sep 30 $30.00
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-DLU1 DL Sep 1-Sep 30 $30.00
FAC-046-DLU2 DL Nov 1-Nov 30 $30.00



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-DLU1 DL Sep 1-Sep 30 $45.00



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-DLU1 DL Sep 1-Sep 30 $45.00


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 Aug 16 $175.00
FAC-081-CRB2 CR Aug 28 $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-CVB3 CV Aug 22 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB1 CV Sep 26 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB2 CV Nov 30 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB1 CV Feb 1 $175.00
FAC-081-CVB2 CV Apr 24 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB2 PA Aug 11 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB3 PA Aug 21 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB1 PA Sep 18 $175.00
FAC-081-PAB2 PA Dec 4 $175.00
FAC-081-PHB1 PH Oct 15 $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 Sep 22-Sep 23 $175.00
FAC-082-CVS2 CV Oct 23-Oct 24 $175.00
FAC-082-CVS1 CV Feb 2-Feb 3 $175.00
FAC-082-CVS2 CV Apr 12 $175.00
FAC-082-PAS1 PA Nov 13-Nov 14 $175.00
FAC-082-PHS1 PH Oct 26-Oct 27 $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

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 Aug 21 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS5 CR Sep 25 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS6 CR Oct 23 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS7 CR Nov 20 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS8 CR Dec 11 $295.00


On Campus

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 19-Nov 23 $169.00



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 Oct 19  



Coastal Log Scaling - Theory

The program prepares the participant for the Ministry of Forests theoretical Coastal Log Scaling Examination. It includes familiarization with the industry, theory of log measurement, review of necessary math skills, use of scale sticks and recording scale sheets or slips, maintenance of equipment, identification of commercial log species and scaler safety.

Prerequisite(s): The minimum age to acquire a Scaling License is 16 and student must be a Canadian resident. Students must complete the Customized Log Scaling Assessment.

Section Location Dates Cost
LOG-015-DLS1 DL Oct 19-Feb 12  


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-CRS3 CR Sep 24 $209.00
MED-003-CRS2 CR Oct 22 $209.00
MED-003-CRS1 CR Nov 26 $209.00
MED-003-CRS4 CR Dec 10 $209.00


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-CRS1 CR Sep 7-Sep 10 $690.00
MED-032-CRS2 CR Oct 12-Oct 15 $690.00
MED-032-CRS3 CR Nov 15-Nov 18 $690.00
MED-032-CRS4 CR Dec 6-Dec 9 $690.00


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 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 Aug 13-Aug 15 $645.00


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-CRS1 CR Sep 27-Sep 30 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS2 CR Oct 18-Oct 21 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS3 CR Nov 22-Nov 25 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS4 CR Dec 6-Dec 9 $569.00
NAU-005-PHS2 PH Aug 10-Aug 13 $569.00


Digital or 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-DLS1 DL Aug 28-Aug 29 $375.00
NAU-016-DLS1 DL Sep 9-Sep 10 $375.00
NAU-016-PHS2 PH Aug 9 $319.00


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


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-CRS1 CR Sep 14-Sep 22 $1080.00
NAU-039-CRS2 CR Oct 27-Nov 3 $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-CRS1 CR Oct 5-Oct 7 $825.00
NAU-051-CRS2 CR Dec 1-Dec 3 $825.00


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 17 $100.00
OFA-010-CRS6 CR Apr 11 $100.00
OFA-010-CRS1 CR Jun 20 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS1 CV Sep 13 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS2 CV Nov 29 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS2 CV Jan 31 $100.00
OFA-010-CVS3 CV Mar 23 $100.00
OFA-010-PAS3 PA Oct 19 $100.00
OFA-010-PHS1 PH Sep 1 $235.00
OFA-010-PHS2 PH Dec 1 $235.00


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 18 $120.00
OFA-015-PHS1 PH Sep 2 $250.00
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 Aug 9-Aug 20 $1345.00
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


On Campus

PA ElderCollege Membership

By requesting membership with ElderCollege, I consent to NIC releasing my personal information to the ElderCollege Executive Committee and its subcommittees, for the purposes of course registration/notification, and in supporting ElderCollege volunteer activities.


On Campus

The Chemistry and Biochemistry of Food

You are what you eat. Have you ever wondered where this phrase came from, and whether it is actually true? Learn about the vitamins, minerals, fats, oils, carbohydrates and proteins in the food you eat. Is maple syrup/honey better for you than ordinary table sugar? What exactly happens to the foods once they hit your stomach? Who can you believe, and why does the research on good/bad foods seem to change all the time? No previous chemistry or biochemistry knowledge is required for the course.


On Campus

Dominant World Leaders of the 1930'S

Join Bill Lekich to study the four most influential men in history - Hitler, Churchill, Stalin and F.D. Roosevelt. Never in history had such dominant figures existed on the world stage at the same time. In these sessions we will examine their early lives and the roles they played in the time leading up to WWII.


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-CRS2 CR Aug 21 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS1 CR Sep 25 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS2 CR Oct 23 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS3 CR Nov 20 $99.00
TFS-010-CRS4 CR Dec 11 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS2 CV Sep 18 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS3 CV Oct 16 $99.00
TFS-010-CVS4 CV Nov 27 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS1 PA Sep 11 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS2 PA Oct 22 $99.00
TFS-010-PAS3 PA Dec 4 $99.00


On Campus

Women in Construction Trades

Women in Construction Trades is a tuition-free initiative specifically designed to engage women interested in pursuing a career in the trades. Students will be given an orientation to various high demand, skilled trades.

Section Location Dates Cost
TRAD-0110-CRS1 CR Sep 20-Oct 1  


On Campus

Trades Sampler Program

The Trades Sampler Program will provide students with the opportunity to gain an introduction to the trades sector, career opportunities and/or a pathway to further training offered at North Island College which encompasses carpentry, joinery, plumbing, mechanical, and more. The program provides learners with a pathway to further foundation and apprenticeship training with the aim of enhancing the level of apprentices entering the workforce. The Program also encompasses an introduction to health and safety requirements for the shop and workplace.

Section Location Dates Cost
TRD-FT-CRS1 CR Jan 31-Apr 29 $550.00


On Campus

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-DLU1 CV Sep 1-Sep 30 $25.00
WSF-017-DLU2 CV Nov 1-Nov 30 $25.00


On Campus

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-DLU1 CV Sep 1-Sep 30 $25.00
WSF-050-DLU2 CV Nov 1-Nov 30 $25.00