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Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder - EMR

The EMR course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness in a pre-hospital setting and includes CPR level HCP and AED. The certification is valid for three years. Being a certified EMR opens the doors to a variety of employment opportunities including BC Ambulance Services, private ambulance services (ie LifeSupport Transport), fire departments, law enforcement, ski-patrol and rescue, and industry employers in remote locations in BC / Alberta.

Prerequisite(s): Participants must be certified in Standard First Aid with CPR level C or higher. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials. Minimum of 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent / guardian signed waiver.

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


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 Jan 21-Jan 23 $389.00
BSW-101-CRB2 CR Mar 25-Mar 27 $389.00
BSW-101-CRB1 CR Jun 10-Jun 12 $389.00
BSW-101-PAB1 PA Apr 22-Apr 24 $389.00


History of Coast Salish Knitters

Some say that every hand-knit sweater tells a story. And like most sweater stories, the story of B.C.'s most famous icon, the Cowichan Sweater, is about their knitters. This course will cover what the history of the Coast Salish knitters and their sweater says about colonization, cultural adaptation, ingenuity, economy, community, women, families, and survival.


The Art of Cultural Patterning

Learn about the importance of patterns in our lives and of the history and creation of Celtic knots and intricate designs. Then create your own design. Discover the beauty of Islamic and East Indian patterning and create a mandala. Discover Plains Indian and Haida cultural art patterns and create a bookmark and a larger picture using this knowledge. All materials provided for $25.


You,Too, Can Draw!

Using simple objects, non-artists will create two beautiful life drawings. In the process, students will learn art terminology and how to apply it to create realistic renderings. Results guaranteed!  We will explore line, shape, composition, texture, shading, background, and the colour wheel in this hands-on class. A $3.00 fee will be charged at registration for class materials.


Fellini:  The Early Films

In other art mediums, the early works -- though valued -- may not be the most prized. The instructor believes that a director's early films, made on a shoestring budget before success and fortune, are the most urgent and often the most interesting. Fellini's early work is the epitome of this. There will be three early films, ending with "La Dolce Vita."


Visions From Around the World

This course will look at four directors (Steve McQueen, Jane Campion, Ang Lee, and Kenneth Longeron) and how their vision is translated to the screen through one of each of their films. Participants will be provided with background materials. As always, one of the best parts of the course will be the post-film discussion.


From Page to Stage

During her lifetime, Calgary playwright Sharon Pollock was arguably the most important female playwright in Canada. She left her mark through a large body of work that challenges audiences and theatre makers alike. Sharon wrote, acted, directed, taught, produced, and mentored many others well into her 80s. We will read and discuss two of her plays: Blood Relations and Generations. Required text: Blood Relations and Other Plays. (Please bring your own copy to first class - aprox $20 book).


Improv - Welcome Back!

In this course participants will learn techniques actors use to support one another. It's not about being 'on stage,' or becoming an actor, or memorizing lines, but rather an opportunity to stretch the imagination and spark spontaneity. This course is for those new to improv classes, as well as seasoned veterans.


Topics in Popular Music

This course will explore aspects of jazz, country, blues, rhythm & blues, pop and rock, as seen through the music and the stories of the artists who created it.


Brahms - The Man and His Music

Johannes Brahms (1833-97) is considered classical music's third "great B." He upheld traditional musical values in a time of radical change and created music that has stood the test of time. We will look at his vocal, keyboard, chamber, and orchestral compositions and also consider the cultural environment of Vienna as well as his relationships with a network of luminary friends - and the occasional foe.


Dance Fitness

Dance promotes flexibility, endurance, and core stability. Explore styles from classical ballet to musical theatre, as well as some ethnic dances. The sessions will be off-site at Comox United Church, 250 Beach Dr, Comox, BC. A $15.00 facility fee will be added to your tuition during registration.


African Drumming

In this class participants will have the opportunity to learn basic techniques on djembe drums and will work as a team to create rhythmic orchestrations. We will create our own rhythms and learn at least one traditional African rhythm. We are born into rhythm - everyone can get into the groove. No previous experience required. Beginners only please. Drums provided.


Introduction to Bucket Drumming

In this class participants will have the opportunity to engage in a fun community-minded activity that requires no previous experience. Get to know how simple rhythms can be woven together to form complex orchestrations, learn to love the complexities of rhythm, and always leave feeling encouraged and smiling. Students will need to bring a PLASTIC bucket - a regular garbage can size will work. Alternatively, you can use the 5G Home Depot ones along with a stand.


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.


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.


Mining Memories with GAB

Guided autobiography (GAB) is designed to help people recall, write about, and share meaningful memories with others in a small group. The focus is on content; writing experience is not needed. We learn, reflect, write, and share. We're serious about what we're doing but we laugh frequently. This two-week course is a taste of GAB.


Great Trip to Compelling Story

In this collaborative workshop, we will discuss components of meaningful travel memoir and develop creative nonfiction writing skills. The importance of journalling, blogging, photography, steady writing practice, professional editing, and publishing options will be explored. Participants will bring a favourite adventure tale and begin creating a compelling written account. For those wishing to share, we will peer review short homework writing


Fundamentals of Photography

This is non-technical look at how to improve your photographic composition. Although many of the concepts presented will apply to adjustable cameras, concepts will also be relevant to point-and-shoot cameras and phone cameras. Students should be familiar with the basic operations of their own camera and should  bring it to each class. A tripod is useful but not mandatory. There will be three field trips.


Looking Forward, Giving Back

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. This session 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.


Organize & Let Go of "Stuff"

Overwhelmed, concerned, or just plain frustrated with items you've accumulated over the years? With guidance from professional organizer Myrna Logan, explore your relationship with your "stuff" and the best ways to sort and possibly let go of some. You'll learn what to do with things like old love letters, collections, photos and unwanted gifts. You will also find ways to talk to your family about the stuff you leave behind.


Be Kind to Those You Leave Behind

Our passing is inevitable. Before then, there may be health decisions to make, information required by our loved ones, many unknowns. Let's be kind to those we leave behind... make it easier to handle all that's required of them before and after our death. This course will help you clarify your wishes, gather information and documentation on the practical side, and guide and encourage you on the personal side.


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.


Rails to Trails on Vancouver Island

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


What are Viruses Anyway?

Everyone's aware that a virus is causing the COVID-19 pandemic. But what exactly are viruses, and how do they differ from bacteria and other parasites? In brief, viruses are tiny biological entities that can infect all other lifeforms: bacteria; fungi; plants; and animals. We will explore how this occurs and how viruses replicate, mutate, spread, and cause illness. We'll also look at how vaccines work to protect us from viruses.


An Introduction to Cannabis Science

This seminar will cover some key aspects of cannabis science. What is the origin of cannabis and why do we grow it? How is it best grown at home or commercial scales? How does cannabis breeding work, what are our breeding goals, and how does understanding the genetics of the plant help?


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.


Eastern versus Western Astrology

Western and Eastern astrology use similar variables. However, when the same birth information is used to create a chart, the charts are different. Understanding why this occurs is an exciting journey providing food for thought, and for future exploration. Resources material and references will be provided.


Ride Right: Cycling Road Skills

Learn/review the rights, rules and responsibilities of safe cycling, including e-bikes. The course includes classroom instruction, as well as parking lot and on-road activities. (Road ride subject to weather conditions - may be rescheduled). Participants should be comfortable handling their bikes. Bring bike, helmet, suitable clothing, water and snack. $10 CV Cycling Coalition membership fee payable at registration for insurance.


Scenic Hikes (No Dogs)

Come enjoy a weekly hike! Pack a lunch and revisit the familiar and, perhaps, discover some new trails We'll be traveling once a week, as far south as Bowser and north to Campbell River. Car pooling is not recommended at this time, so you will need to provide your own transportation. These hikes will have variable terrain, so are not suitable for those with mobility issues. An email will be sent to all registrants shortly before the first session confirming the location of the first hike.


Brain Health and Dementia Care

Dr. Roger Wong will discuss the effects of aging on brain health, and introduce the health conditions of cognitive impairment and dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease), including their prevention and management strategies.


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

Dorothea is passionate about teaching others the skills of using their innate abilities and passions to create a rewarding and purposeful life. Her course invites students to  explore their dreams and then design a blueprint they can follow. By learning more about themselves, students feel empowered and encouraged to move forward. Very interactive.


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.


Franklin and the NW Passage

In 1845 two ships, the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus, set sail from England to find the northwest passage. Neither ship was seen again until recently, when they were discovered in remarkably good condition, containing well-preserved artifacts. Through slides and records we'll unravel the mystery of what went so terribly wrong and how Inuit stories and legends helped piece the story together.


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 globe-trotting 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.


The Servas Travel Experience

Servas (to serve) helps build world peace and understanding by introducing international travellers to local families eager to share their culture, food, and local attractions. This class will tell you what you need to know to become a Servas traveller or host.


Ghost Ships and Shipwrecks

Submerge yourself in folklore, history, and mystery! We'll talk about massive galleons and battleships of the past and present. And pirates! Witness ancient wrecks and a submarine restored. Through slides we'll see an ancient burial ship thousands of years old. Discover the fate of modern cruise ships and deep sea freighters. We'll question if the Bermuda Triangle is a hoax or real.


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 hear about the latest advancements. Learn how EV cars can fit into your lifestyle and about their benefits, risks, and 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. Read on-line version of Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums"


Meet Local Author Kim Letson

In the "Footsteps of a Roman Legion" chronicles two friends walking the route of a Roman road - the Via Egnatia. Encountering refugees, human smugglers and feral dogs, a sense of humour, personified GPS, and an imagined Roman legionnaire see them through. This journey explores Albania's poverty, North Macedonia's emergence as a nation, the Greek economic collapse, Istanbul in the wake of a failed coup, and the continuing refugee crisis.


Mystics and the Mundane

Mystics aren't mainstream in our rational scientific world, because they don't fit in. Yet normal people do have mystical experiences if they just pay attention. They may occur in times of silence, ritual, great emotion, beauty, creativity, or in nature. Each week, we'll read and reflect on mystical writing from different times and traditions, learn about the authors, and share our own reaction or our similar experiences.


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.


Bridge - Intermediate Bidding

This course is designed for intermediate players who are looking to add more bidding tools to their game. We will explore the more frequently used Conventions, Cue Bids and Doubles. We will also explore the 2/1 Bidding System.


Bridge - Introduction to Modern Bidding

Designed for new players or players returning to the game of bridge, this course will cover the modern Standard American system of bidding.


Bridge - Play the Hand, Defend the Hand

This course is designed to help new or less-experienced players to better play a hand as well as how to defend a hand more successfully.


Canadian Short Stories

The short story continues to be a thriving genre in Canadian literature, particularly since the mid-twentieth century. This discussion-based course will explore about a dozen of the best of these stories by writers from across the country, with a particular emphasis on the short fiction of our Nobel prize-winning Canadian writer, Alice Munro. Come prepared to share your thoughts and impressions on each week's assigned readings.


Taiwan in International Law

This course combines international law with the history of Taiwan to demonstrate that, throughout most of its history, Taiwan was never part of the Chinese empire. For roughly two centuries, it was nominally claimed by China as its territory but was never under China's effective control. The claim that Taiwan is part of China is a myth manufactured by the Chinese Communist Party.


How Did We Get Here?

The course considers the interplay between Christianity, Christendom, and secularism. Beginning with Jesus of Nazareth and his Sermon on 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.


Quantum Physics

Quantum physics, the modern theory of how things work, is encountered mostly when investigating tiny things like electrons and atoms. Because of its heavy reliance on advanced mathematics, QP is difficult to comprehend by the interested non-specialist. The goal of this course is to impart a basic comprehension of this always fascinating, but rarely understood field, discussing its history, its basic (often strange) ideas, and its applications and philosophical ramifications.


Vancouver Island Birds

Well-known nature photographer Mike Yip will present an overview of the common birds of Vancouver Island, which will include discussion of bald eagles and the mysterious white ravens. This is an opportunity to learn more about what you might see at your backyard feeder, as well as birds from farther afield.


Vancouver Island Butterflies

Mike will present a colourful overview of the butterflies of Vancouver Island: where and when to find common species, and sidebars on some of our rare and endangered species. Mike is the lead author and photographer of the book "Vancouver Island Butterflies."


Ancient History of Vancouver Island

Learn about the geological origins of Vancouver Island with a focus on the Comox/Courtenay area. The course will cover earth movements, ancient lifeforms, and basic geologic processes.


Modern Chinese Legal System

This course reviews the legal system of China from the overthrow of Qing dynasty in 1911 to the existing legal system, including the republican period from 1911 to 1949, the influence of the soviet model from 1949 through the cultural revolution, and the development of "rule by law," as opposed to "rule of law" from 1979 through 2021.


Introduction to Meditation

Meditation is a mindful practice. It is calming, relaxing, grounding, and helps one to focus. Regular meditation is an exercise for the brain. It increases brain activities in the happy, calm zone of the brain. Meditation is simple and for everyone.


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 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.

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-9008-DLS1 DL Nov 27 $6.00


Food for Thought

Food is the most important commodity in the world and this lecture series will help us become more con¬scious of the energy and resources needed to produce our food and how more sustainable agriculture sequesters carbon, increases soil fertility, and protects food quality and safety. We will hear from farmers, historians, innovators, and gardeners and explore topics that include seed security, migrant workers, and building resilience in local food systems.


Stories About Food Sovereignty

Four Stories About Food Sovereignty is a UVic-based research project that brings together food producers and researchers representing Indigenous communities in Canada and Colombia, refugee communities in Jordan, and farming communities in South Africa to examine effective responses to the climate crisis and food insecurity. This presentation will share insights from the four contexts,  zeroing in on a South African farm to examine responses to poverty, food insecurity, and ecological change.


Fresh Fruit, Stale Schemes: Equity for Migrant Workers

"Advancing Climate Justice and Health Equity for Migrant Workers". Why have migrant workers in Canada faced heightened threats to their health and human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic? How have they been affected by the climate emergency? This lecture will provide a foundation for understanding how employment and immigration policies create precarious conditions for migrant workers. In addition, it will underscore opportunities to collectively support struggles for migrant justice and food system sustainability.


Who Controls Our Food Systems?

This lecture will address the various legal mechanisms built to enclose and prevent farmers from freely using seeds, including the attempts to generalize and extend these tools through international trade agreements like CETA. It will also address how new techniques of gene editing are and will be used to extend control over seeds and take away farmers' and citizens' rights to seeds, as well as how we can fight back to retain control of our seeds, our agriculture, and our food systems.


Agriculture Emissions and Solutions

Farming and food production create significant greenhouse gas emissions. This talk will outline the sources of those emissions and the on-farm and food-system changes needed to reduce emissions.


A Seed-Secure Future

Food security and sovereignty cannot be attained without a secure seed system. Learn about the state of seed security today, and how the programs run by FarmFolk CityFolk through the BC Seed Security Program are helping both farmers and gardeners increase community seed production, develop new climate-adapted seed varieties, and create a seed-secure future.  Learn how you can be a part of the local seed movement.


Food Processors Need Love Too

People increasingly recognize the importance of supporting local food systems. Agriculture is the predominant focus. Yet a food system is more than just agriculture; it includes all the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population. Food processors are key food system actors given that virtually everything we eat is processed. Who are B.C. processors and how can we support them? Because just like farmers, food processors need love too.


Resilient Gardens in a Changing Climate

Our regional climate is changing as the global climate changes with extreme weather events reaching record levels last year. What does this mean for our food gardens and landscape plants? Learn how extreme weather affects plants, including trees and how to design resilient food and ornamental gardens, help plants survive 'weird weather,' and ways gardeners can help mitigate climate change.


Restorative Agriculture: Changing Food Systems

This talk will provide a brief introduction to some of LUSH Valley's programs and services that provide a 'food-systems' approach to many of the 'food-systems' issues we face. We will go into more depth regarding our urban agriculture programming and speak to the principals of permaculture and regenerative agriculture that help to build soils, provide habitat and ecosystem services-such as the Indigenous edible shelter belt project.


Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2019 / Office 365

Section Location Dates Cost
EDGO-4433-DLU1 DL Jan 2-May 30 $179.00


Emergency Child Care First Aid With CPR Level B

This course is designed for parents and caregivers of children up to eight years of age. Topics include: recognition of home hazards, accident prevention, and safety education. Skills focus on respiratory distress, CPR, AED, bleeding management and common first aid situations. This course is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Child Care Facilities Licensing Board. Certification period is three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level B is recommended.

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


Red Cross Instructor First Aid & CPR Course

This course is for individuals wishing to become certified as a Red Cross First Aid & CPR - Basic Level program instructors (CPRIT, FAIT). Certification is valid for 3 years. All prerequisites must be met.

Prerequisite(s): Must be 18 years or older. Successfully complete the Fundamentals of Instruction - First Aid Programs online component (approx. 8 hours)

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-024-CVB1 CV Jan 4-Jan 7 $750.00


Red Cross First-Aid Instructor (Option # 2)

The Red Cross First-Aid Instructor (Option #2) course is for Red Cross Water Safety Instructors or educators (elementary or secondary level) who want to become certified as a Red Cross First-Aid Instructor. This course provides candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach Canadian Red Cross first aid and CPR courses. The candidates are expected to have finely tuned first aid and CPR technical skills, therefore this course focuses on how to teach and facilitate first aid and CPR skills. With this certification you would be able to teach the Canadian Red Cross Standard First-Aid, Emergency First-Aid, Marine Basic First-Aid, Babysitting Emergency Childcare First-Aid, AED, CPR HCP, CPR C and CPR A as well as the recertification for all of these course. In order to complete certification, all instructor candidates must complete teaching experience with a Teaching Experience Supervisor.

Prerequisite(s): Must be 18 years or older. This course is for Red Cross Water Safety Instructors or educations (elementary or secondary level) who want to become certified as a Red Cross First-Aid Instructor. First Aid Certification (a valid participant certificate for the program you wish to teach)

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-025-CVS1 CV Jan 6-Jan 7 $610.00


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. Students must complete the theory portion online prior to the in class day. The theory includes reading and short quizzes at the end of each unit. It takes approximately 2 - 3 hrs. The practical training and final test are done on the in class day. 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): Theory portion must be completed online before students attend class.

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


Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C

The Marine Basic First Aid course meets defined Federal Transport Canada Marine Safety Training Standards for Marine First Aid. This course provides individuals with a basic training level of First Aid and CPR required by the Marine Industry. Certification is by the Canadian Red Cross with a certification period of three years.

Prerequisite(s): Some previous knowledge of First Aid/ CPR is recommended, but not required.

Section Location Dates Cost
FAC-082-CRS1 CR Jan 24-Jan 25 $175.00
FAC-082-CRS2 CR Apr 19-Apr 20 $175.00
FAC-082-CVS1 CV Feb 16-Feb 17 $175.00
FAC-082-CVS2 CV Apr 12 $175.00


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 Mar 14-Mar 18 $640.00


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-CRS8 CR Dec 11 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS3 CR Jan 22 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS4 CR Feb 26 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS5 CR Mar 26 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS6 CR Apr 23 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS1 CR May 28 $295.00
FLO-010-CRS2 CR Jun 25 $295.00


Draw & Paint the Human Body

Painting People is so hard? It's not! Teresa will show you her method (that works!) for getting the perspective and foreshortening right even in 'pretzel' poses, how to draw the figure quickly, use shading for form, replicate skin colours, and give the body life! Come ready to.learn a lot and have fun! For any level.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1437-CVS1 CV Mar 19-Apr 30 $105.00


Painting Values

Value or Tone is one of the 3 most important components of your painting along with colour and composition. Value is what allows us to create distance depth, and dimension in our work. If your paintings look flat or lack energy and force, you should look to improving your values, which this class will teach you. We'll cover how to see, differentiate, create and replicate values in our subjects and in our paintings, especially in colour! Your paintings should improve dramatically.

Section Location Dates Cost
GENI-1538-CVS1 CV Jan 29-Mar 12 $105.00


Hospital Unit Clerk Info Session

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

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


Advanced Memory Care

This in-depth online course is designed for healthcare workers providing frontline care to residents with dementia. Students will learn about how the brain functions, and how to identify at least 8 types of dementia. Better understanding of these diverse diagnoses will assist staff in applying strategies for success in a needs-based, person-centered care model. Other key topics include improving the exchanges between families, colleagues, and residents, aimed at improving safety for all. Weekly assignments will inspire learners to consider new tools, perspectives, and understanding in support of residents using customized visual learning tools, engaging group discussions, and self-reflection assignments.

Section Location Dates Cost
HTH-011-DLS1 DL Jan 13-Mar 3 $575.00


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.

No upcoming sections.


Coastal Log Scaling - Practical

This full-time course is comprised of fieldwork with the majority of time being spent in the field and at log sort locations. The course prepares participant for the Ministry of Forests practical Log Scaling Examination. Includes application of the theory of log measurement, application of math skills, use of scale sticks and recording scale sheets or slips, maintenance of equipment, identification of commercial log species, scaler safety, and the practical application of the BC Grading Rules.

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-016-CRS1 CR Feb 26-May 29  


Calculations for Caregivers

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

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


Calculations for Caregivers Level 2

Calculations for Caregivers 2 builds on the basic dosing calculations covered in Calculations for Caregivers to include IV calculations (flow rate, drip rate, infusion time and adjusting rates) as well as provides a review of basics of safe medication calculation. Designed for those who do not identify as 'math people,' students work at their own pace through 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. Medication math covered is equivalent to the content generally required in second year nursing studies (IV calculations).

Section Location Dates Cost
LPN-026-DLU1 DL Jan 2-May 30 $90.00
LPN-026-DLU1 DL May 1-Jul 30 $90.00
LPN-026-DLU1 DL Jul 1-Sep 30 $90.00


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

Gain the knowledge and skills required to operate small, non-pleasure vessels operating within 25 miles from shore (formerly MED A3). Topics include maritime hazards and emergencies, emergency response, firefighting, lifesaving equipment, abandonment, personal survival, signaling devices and rescue response. The goal of the course is to assist you in responding to marine emergencies in the coastal area.

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


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-CRS4 CR Dec 6-Dec 9 $690.00
MED-032-CRS2 CR Feb 8-Feb 11 $690.00
MED-032-CRS3 CR Mar 8-Mar 11 $690.00
MED-032-CRS4 CR Apr 4-Apr 7 $690.00
MED-032-CRS1 CR May 10-May 13 $690.00


Vehicle Inspector

This course prepares trade-qualified mechanics for the Authorized Vehicle Inspector (AVI) certification. Upon completion, students will be able to perform inspections on private and commercial vehicles according to specifications and responsibilities described in the Vehicle Inspection Manual and the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations. AVIs help maintain road safety and ensure compliant and safe vehicles are operating on BC roadways.

Prerequisite(s): Participants must hold a B.C. Trade Qualification or an Inter-provincial Red-Seal Certificate in at least one of the following: Automotive Service Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic, Commercial Trailer Mechanic, or Motorcycle Mechanic. Apprentices in Level 4 are NOT eligible to register.

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


Designated Inspection Facility Operator

Prepare for your Designated Inspection Facility Operator exam in this one-day course. Course content covers applicable regulations, legislation and vehicle inspection program requirements. You will gain the required knowledge to effectively participate in the BC Vehicle Inspection Program and ensure that vehicles inspected at your facility meet all applicable safety standards for on-highway use.

Section Location Dates Cost
MVI-011-CRS1 CR Dec 18 $225.00


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-CRS4 CR Dec 6-Dec 9 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS1 CR Jan 10-Jan 13 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS2 CR Feb 14-Feb 17 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS3 CR Mar 14-Mar 17 $569.00
NAU-005-CRS1 CR May 16-May 19 $569.00


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-CRS1 CR Jan 17 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS2 CR Feb 7 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS3 CR Mar 7 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS4 CR Apr 19 $219.00
NAU-016-CRS1 CR May 9 $219.00


Simulated Electronic Navigation Ltd

This course is designed to provide the student with a practical knowledge of the application of the Collision Regulations and principles to be observed in keeping a navigational watch while using Radar, Loran-C, GPS, Echo Sounder, a compass, and an Electronic Charting System. Each course participant must attend a minimum of 90% of lecture classes and 100% attendance is required during simulation exercises and evaluation. Participants must have prior training in topics such as basic Chart Work and Navigations Safety in order to have background knowledge required for the navigation of a vessel under simulated conditions.

Prerequisite(s): None

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


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 Mar 28-Apr 12 $1610.00


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 Feb 8-Feb 15 $1080.00


Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime Commercial

Mariners serving on compulsorily-fitted commercial ships (Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems or GMDSS) within the North American A1 sea areas require this course for compliance with the International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995 (STCW 95 Regulation IV/2). Note: Existing ROC certificate holders who take a valid (1999 or earlier) certificate to class, are required to attend the last two days of classes only (NAU 041). Canadian Power & Sail Squadron certificates do not meet this requirement. You must present this certificate when registering. Persons without an existing ROC certificate must attend all three days of classes.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum 18 years of age.

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


Occupational First Aid Level 1

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

Prerequisite(s): Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Picture identification must be brought to the 1st class.

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


Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement

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

Prerequisite(s): Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Picture identification and current OFA Level 1 or 2 Certificate must be brought to class.

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


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


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


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


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


Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

Approx. 24h of training towards accomplishing the Rescue 3 SRT 1 certification, delivered in association with Raven Rescue.

No upcoming sections.