Employment Transition Grounds & Custodial Assistant

Gain industry-specific skill development training in basic grounds maintenance/horticulture and custodial/light duty cleaner areas. You'll participate in a job shadow placement as well as a work experience, in either grounds maintenance, or custodial industries.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: Jan 2021
Length: 25 weeks
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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My job shadow placement at Arbutus RV was a good learning experience for me, I was able to work independently, I felt happy and safe and I enjoyed helping.

Myles Bernard, Employment Transition Grounds & Custodial Assistant student, Port Alberni

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Program Requirements

  • AGC-020 Workplace Literacy for Grounds Maintenance and Custodians
  • AGC-010 Workplace Safety & Health
  • AGC-030 Numeracy Skills for Work 
  • AGC-011 Customer Relations & Professionalism
  • AGC-012 Introduction to Grounds & Custodial Industries
  • AGC-013 Basic Grounds Maintenance & Horticulture
  • AGC-014 Custodial/Light Duty Cleaner
  • AGC-042 Career Exploration & Job Shadow
  • AGC-044 Work Experience

Completion Requirements

  • A student will be required to pass all courses for program completion.
  • A student must complete the program within the 27-week cohort offering.  Case by case exceptions may be made, dependent on availability of DAL program/course offerings.
  • 100% of the program must be completed at North Island College.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identified executive functioning challenge, barrier to learning.
  2. Students must have an interest in working in the grounds maintenance or custodial industries.
  3. Attend intake interview with instructional team to determine suitability

Note: North Island College staff are available and happy to support unique student needs as well as assist with course planning and the admission process. Please contact the Department of Accessible Learning Services for more information.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Kathy O'Donnell

Kathy O

Department Chair, Faculty

Campbell River Campus 250-923-9774 | Location CWG - 224

Erin M Cathro

Erin M Cathro
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8764

Liz Girard

Liz Girard


Accessible Learning, Adult Basic Education

Master of Special Education (Flinder's University, Australia, 2013)


Subjects: Access Education
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5078 | Location TYE - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9772

Neil Holm

Neil Holm
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4103 | Location TYE - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8764

Program Highlights

The Employment Transition Grounds & Custodial Assistant program is a supportive program that teaches students essential employability and industry specific skills for work in grounds maintenance and custodial industries.

Students participate in employability courses that teach behaviors that lead to successful access to, and retention of, employment.  The targeted skills courses in the basic grounds maintenance/horticulture and custodial/light duty cleaner provide industry relevant training.  This program also provides an opportunity to gain work related certificates including FoodSafe Level 1, WHMIS, First Aid and Worker Safety.

A career exploration /job shadow and a supported 4 work experience placement where students can practice skills on the job are included in the program.

Career Opportunities

Depending on your skills, you may exit to competitive employment, supported work, volunteer positions or further specific skills training. Types of employment will range according to your ability, interests and the local labour market, but may include hotel/motels; schools; recreation centres; hospitals/health care centers; daycares; seniors care facilities; city & regional parks; golf courses; greenhouses; garden centers.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,200
NISU Fees $65
Total $3,265

Accessible Learning courses are eligible for an Adult Upgrading Grant and we can help you with the application process to apply for funding.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.