Criminal Records Check

The Criminal Record Review Act requires that all students in a program where they may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults, to undergo a criminal record check (CRC) by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP).

You are required to complete a Schedule Type “B” CRC. The WORKS WITH category will depend on the requirements of your program (please check the specific requirements for the program you are applying for):

  • WORKS WITH: Children
  • WORKS WITH: Children and Vulnerable Adults

If you have already completed a Schedule “B” CRC, you may elect to Share the result with NLC. You can only share results for the same category, for example, if you have a CRC for Working with Children, but your program requires that you have one for Working with Children and Vulnerable Adults, you will have to submit a completely new CRC.

For all programs at NLC, we do not accept a CRC completed through your local RCMP or police office.

Criminal Record Check and new residents of Canada

If you are seeking admission to a program that requires a Criminal Records Check, and you have not lived in Canada, you are required to:

  1. submit a Police Certificate (see Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) in English for every country in which you have been a resident for the previous five years (not including Canada) before the first day of classes; and
  2. undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) after you have arrived in Canada (see instructions below).

Note that access to courses or specific learning environments may occur until the results of the CRRP have been received.

Police certificates and criminal records checks are only required when the program to which you are applying requires it. These programs include:

  • Associate of Arts Degree – AHCOTE
  • Associate of Arts Degree (Health Studies)
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Diploma
  • Education Assistant Certificate and Diploma
  • Family Resource Practitioner Advanced Certificate
  • Health Care Assistant Certificate
  • Human Services Professional Development Advanced Certificate
  • Indigenous Human Service Worker Certificate
  • Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions Advanced Certificate
  • Practical Nursing Diploma
  • Social Services Worker Diploma

Instructions for Students

An English version (PDF) of these instructions can be downloaded and printed.
Une version française (PDF) de ces instructions peut être téléchargée et imprimée.

All NLC students are required to attempt to consent to their criminal records check using the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General CRC request online service. The CRC service is an online criminal records check consent that does not require you to complete any paper forms, nor come in person to NLC.

To complete your CRC online:

Before beginning, you must have activated your BC Services Card. If you live outside of British Columbia, please contact your admissions officer for further instructions.

  1. Go online to
  2. Enter one of the following access codes:
    1. If you currently have a valid BC CRC…
      1. Working with: Children only, then enter the access code: W9SKGUDRRZ
      2. Working with: Children and Vulnerable Adults, then enter the access code: AA723GSTVT
    2. If you do not have a current, valid BC CRC…
      1. And your program requires Working with: Children only, then enter the access code: W9SKGUDRRZ
      2. And your program requires Working with: Children and Vulnerable Adults, then enter the access code: AA723GSTVT
  3. Answer the questions and checkboxes as required.
  4. Pay (credit card or Interac Online). Note that if you have a valid BC CRC on file already, there is no fee.
  5. Contact and let them know the date you completed the check.

What if I do not have a BC Services Card or Account?

As all BC residents are required to have BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) and services are available through the BC Services Card, all BC residents are expected to utilize the BC Services Card. Activating your BC Services Card is easy and can be done from where you sit.

If you are not a resident of BC, you must contact and request a manual form.

The manual form must be presented to NLC along with your Primary and Secondary pieces of identification. At the end of the manual form, you must sign, date, and include your email address. Ensure your email address is clearly written - the manual CRC cannot be completed without a working and frequently checked email address. (Please do not complete the section to be completed by the Organization - that is us!)

Present the manual form and your Primary and Secondary pieces of ID to the NLC admissions office. All documents may be emailed to

What happens next?

  • NLC verifies the information on the manual form matches your Primary ID, your Secondary ID, and the record we have on file for you.
  • NLC forwards your manual form to the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP).
  • The CRRP will email you for payment (if this is not a sharing request). The CRC will not be processed until payment is made. Please ensure you are checking your email, including your spam folders, regularly. The email will generally be sent 1 to 3 weeks after submitting to NLC.
  • Make your payment.


NLC will receive your CRC results directly from the Ministry of Justice and update your NLC records as required. You will be notified when NLC receives your results.

If you do not hear from NLC within 4 weeks of submission, please contact

Students that have lost or require an additional copy of their Clearance Letter that NLC received previously, may request a copy by emailing