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You’ve decided to take your education further. Where do you start? What career path do you want to follow? What schools can take you there? (Hint: you can do it all in Northern BC)

There’s some good advice at the EducationPlannerBC site.

  • Business Management Diploma
    Institution:
    NLC
    Program Credentials:
    Diploma, University Block Transfer, University Course Transfer
    Program Length:
    30 Weeks (after completion of the Business Management Certificate)
    Location: Fort St. John and Dawson Creek
    Approx. Cost of Books: $2700 - $2800
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $3500 per year
    Application Fee: $25
    Application Deadline: Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.

    Application Advice: As early as possible - please check with the Admissions Office for exact application deadline dates. Email appinfo@nlc.bc.ca or 250.782.5152.
    Program Details:

    Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

    1. English

    One of:

    • English Studies 12 (B)
    • English First Peoples 12 (B)
    • ENGL 050 (B)
    • ENGL 099 (B)
    • University level English course (C)
    • appropriate course placement on NLC Writing Assessment 

    2. Math

    One of:

    • Pre-Calculus 11 (C)
    • Principles of Math 11 (C)
    • Foundations of Math 11 (C)
    • MATH 040 (C)
    • CCP Math appraisal (readiness for Math 050) 

    Admission Advice

    1. If you do not meet the above admission requirements, you can gain entry to the program by successfully completing appropriate assessments and/or upgrading courses. For more details, contact a NLC advisor.

    2. If your high school was not taught in English, you need one of:

    • IELTS (6.0, with no band less than 6.0)*
    • TOEFL (iBT = 78)
    • Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL = 60)
    • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA = 8 in each section)
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE = 57)
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB = 76)
    • Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA = 69), plus NLC's Writing Assessment
    • Completion of a post-secondary credential from a recognized Canadian institution
    • Completion of NLC’s English for Academic Purposes (EPA) 060-level Certificate.

    Note (*): If you meet the English proficiency requirement using an IELTS score and have a writing band of 6.0 or less, you are required to complete NLC English 099 with at least a "B" grade in your first semester at NLC.

  • Business Management Post-Degree Diploma
    Institution:
    NLC
    Program Credentials:
    Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Diploma, University Block Transfer
    Program Length:
    Two Years
    Location: Fort St. John
    Approx. Cost of Books: $2800 per year
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $3500 per year
    Application Fee: $25
    Application Deadline: Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.

    Program Details:

    Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

    1. Completion of at least a three-year degree

    2. English

    One of:

    • English Studies 12 (B)
    • English First Peoples 12 (B)
    • ENGL 050 (B)
    • ENGL 099 (B)
    • IELTS (6.0, with no band less than 6.0)*
    • University level English course (C)
    • appropriate course placement on NLC Writing Assessment 
    • equivalent

    Note (*): If you meet the English proficiency requirement using an IELTS score and have a writing band of 6.0 or less, you are required to complete NLC English 099 with at least a "B" grade in your first semester at NLC.

  • Business Post-Degree Diploma
    Institution:
    CMTN
    Program Credentials:
    Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
    Program Length:
    One Year
    Location: Prince Rupert, Terrace, Smithers
    Approx. Cost of Books: $2700 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $2900 Total
    Application Fee: No Charge
    Application Deadline:

    Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Program Details: Academic

    1. A Bachelor's degree (minimum 3 years) from a recognized institution

    2. English
    One of:
    • English Studies 12
    • First People's English 12
    • equivalent
    3. Math
    • Foundation of Math 11
    • Pre-Calculus 11
    • completion of one post-secondary level math course (such as Calculus, Statistics, Algebra, etc.)
  • Career and College Preparation Program
    Institution:
    NLC
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, Diploma
    Program Length:
    Five to Ten Months - per level
    Location: All Campus Locations + Online through BCcampus
    Approx. Cost of Books: $650 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: Tuition-free for domestic students; plus student-related fees
    Application Fee: $25
    Application Deadline: Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.

    Application Advice: As early as possible - please check with the Admissions Office for exact application deadline dates. Email appinfo@nlc.bc.ca or 250.782.5152.
    Program Details:

    Academic

    1. One of:

    • be at least 18 years old
    • be at least 17 years old and out of school for at least one year
    • special arrangement with the local school district (for current high school students)

    Admission Advice

    You can complete English and Math assessments to determine the appropriate grade level of study.

  • Career and College Preparation Program
    Institution:
    CMTN
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, Diploma, High School Equivalency
    Program Length:
    Self-Paced or Semester Based
    Location: Hazelton, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Terrace, Masset
    Approx. Cost of Books: ABE Courses are Free
    Approx. Tuition Cost: Tuition is calculated by weekly hours; click <a href=' https://catalogue.coastmountaincollege.ca/programs/career-college-prep/#programfeestext '>here</a> for University of Victoria tuition and fees
    Application Fee: No Charge
    Application Deadline:

    Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Application Advice: Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Program Details:

    Academic/Non-Academic

    1. One of:

    • be at least 18 years old
    • have earned Grade 12 standing 
    • be 17 years old and out of school for at least one year
    • written recommendation from a local secondary school principal

    2. Meet with an educational advisor to ensure you have chosen the correct courses or program.

    Admission Advice

    There are a limited number of seats for those under 18 years of age. For details, contact your local CMTN Campus or an Educational Advisor.

  • Carpenter Foundation Certificate
    Institution:
    CNC
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, Trades Foundation Program
    Program Length:
    24 Weeks
    Location: Prince George, Quesnel,
    Approx. Cost of Books: $800 - $1000 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $3150 Total
    Application Fee: $40
    Application Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time. Early application is strongly recommended.

    Application Advice: Applications may be submitted at any time. Early application is strongly recommended. You can apply any time starting September 15 for entry the following year. October 31 is the deadline for programs starting in January or February.
    Program Details:

    Academic (minimum grade in bracket)

    1. English

    One of:

    • English 10
    • Communications 11
    • ENGL 030
    • equivalent

    2. Math

    One of:

    • Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 (C)
    • Trades MATH 041 (C)
    • MATH 030 (C) 
    • equivalent 

    Non-Academic

    1. You are encouraged to:

    • submit a resume and handwritten statement outlining reasons for wanting to enter the program*
    • complete a test of mechanical reasoning skills*
    • complete the College English/Math Achievement Test (EMAT)* – which assesses proficiency in English and/or Math

    Note (*): These requirements will be used to select students if the program is oversubscribed.


    Admission Advice

    1. Applicants who are mature students (ie - those who are at least 19 years old on the first day of classes and have been out of the regular school system for at least one year) may also be admitted to the program. For details, contact a CNC advisor.

    2. For complete details on the selection process if the program is oversubscribed, please refer to the Entry Requirements section of the program website.

    3. High school graduation with English 12, Math 11 and Physics 11 is required by some employers of apprenticeship trainees. Contact program department for more details.

  • Carpentry Foundation Level 1 (Enhanced) Certificate
    Institution:
    NLC
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, Trades Foundation Program
    Program Length:
    32 Weeks
    Location: Dawson Creek, Fort St. John
    Approx. Cost of Books: $2200 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $3700 Total
    Application Fee: $25
    Application Deadline: Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.

    Program Details:

    Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

    There are three ways to enter this Program. Choose from one of the following options. 

    Option A: 

    1. Grade 10 or equivalent

    2. English

    One of:

    • English 10 (C+)
    • ENGL 030 (C+)
    • equivalent

    3. Math

    One of:

    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 (C+)
    • MATH 030 (C+)
    • MATH 031 (C+)
    • MATH 035 (C+)

    Option B:
    completion of ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with 67% or higher

    Option C:
    Completion of the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):*

    • Reading Comprehension (11.0)
    • Number Operations (11.0)
    • Problem Solving (11.0)
    • Mechanical Reasoning (51/70, 6th Stanine or higher)

    Note(*): Based on the results of your assessment(s), you may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine your admissibility. Interview may be conducted via teleconference if necessary. 

    Admission Advice

    1. If you do not meet the above admission requirements, you can gain program entry by successfully completing appropriate assessments and/or upgrading courses. Feedback on the Assessments will be provided to help you make informed decisions about appropriate selection of upgrading courses. For more details, please contact a NLC advisor.

    2. After acceptance, you are required to provide proof of:

    • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification
    • Occupational First Aid - Level 1
    • Industrial Worker Fall Protection certification
  • Carpentry Harmonized Foundation Certificate
    Institution:
    CMTN
    Program Credentials:
    Certificate, Trades Foundation Program
    Program Length:
    24 Weeks
    Location: Terrace, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Houston
    Approx. Cost of Books: $600 - $800 Total
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $2600 Total
    Application Fee: No Charge
    Application Deadline:

    Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Application Advice: Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Program Details:

    Academic 

    1. Grade 12 graduation or mature student status

    2. English

    One of:

    • English Studies 10
    • English First Peoples 10
    • ENGL 030
    • ENGL 032 
    • equivalent 

    3. Math

    One of:

    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10
    • Essentials of Math 10
    • Applications of Math 10
    • Principles of Math 10
    • MATH 0301/0302
    • MATH 032
    • equivalent 

    Note: It's also possible to meet admission requirements through one of the following:

    • satisfactory standing in a CAT Assessment Test
    • permission of the Instructor

    Admission Advice

    1. Please note that many employers require Grade 12 completion. 

    2. You are also encouraged to enhance your employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at NWCC.

  • Carpentry: Apprenticeship
    Institution:
    CNC
    Program Credentials:
    Apprenticeship, ITA Credential
    Approx. Cost of Books: $100 - $200 per level
    Approx. Tuition Cost: Starting at $940 Level One; click <a href=' https://cnc.bc.ca/programs-courses/programs/detail/apprentice-carpenter '>here</a> for more details on all four levels
    Application Fee: $40
    Application Advice: Applications may be submitted at any time. Early application is strongly recommended.
  • Carpentry: Apprenticeship
    Institution:
    NLC
    Program Credentials:
    Apprenticeship, ITA Credential
    Approx. Cost of Books: $850 Level 1; click <a href=' https://www.nlc.bc.ca/tuition '>here</a> for more details
    Approx. Tuition Cost: $850 per level (total 4 levels); click <a href=' https://www.nlc.bc.ca/tuition '>here</a> for more details
    Application Fee: $25
    Application Advice: Early application is strongly recommended. Check the NLC Admission Office for exact application deadlines.