Whether you’re thinking of completing your grade 12 (Adult Dogwood), changing careers or starting your degree, we’re here to help you reach your goals. NIC educational advisors can help determine if you need upgrading, develop your educational plan and work with you through the application process. For more information about upgrading at NIC, visit the upgrading program page.

General Admission

To be considered for admission to NIC:

  • An applicant must have graduated from secondary school or equivalent, or be a minimum of 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study and must also meet the program admission requirements.
    • Underage applicants, who are under 18 years of age, may request special admission by contacting their local campus and requesting an appointment with a counsellor.
    • The Office of the Registrar will provide an alternative application process for students who are both under the age of 18 and not a secondary school graduate within the calendar year in which they are applying to study.
  • An applicant must be a Canadian citizen or provide the following documentation, as applicable, as part of their application:
    • Proof of permanent resident status
    • Proof of convention refugee status
    • Proof of permission to study in Canada as an international student

Application Process

Step 1: Explore

Find out if you need to upgrade. Come and speak with an educational advisor. Bring your high school transcripts if you have them. You and the advisor will discuss your educational goals and determine if upgrading is needed.

Step 2: Apply

You can apply to NIC online through Education Planner BC.

Step 3: Receive NIC communication

After applying you will receive an email from NIC to your personal email address to confirm that your application has been received. The email will contain instructions for accessing your myNIC account. myNIC allows you to register for courses and pay fees. You will also be sent to your North Island College email address. All subsequent communication from NIC will go to your NIC email.

Step 4: Qualify

Your upgrading course will have prerequisites. You can meet prerequisites with your high school transcripts or through doing an assessment. An assessment evaluates your knowledge and skills to ensure you’re placed in the correct upgrading course. Details of the assessment process can be found on the assessment page.

Step 5: Timetabling and Registration

Meet with an NIC educational advisor to discuss your timetable and register for your courses.

Step 6: Pay

Tuition and fees are due by deadlines, as outlined in academic schedules and deadlines (Key Dates).