Career and College Preparation

Time to upgrade? Tuition fees have been eliminated for domestic students. Also ask about the Adult Upgrading Grant.

Program Description

Career and College Preparation (upgrading) courses are available to students looking to:

  • improve basic literacy in English, math, or computer studies
  • upgrade to meet prerequisites for trades, vocational or university programs
  • finish high school education and earn a diploma
  • attend only part-time to accommodate family or work responsibilities
  • prepare for employment, or upgrade to improve employment options
  • create a better future for the student and his/her family
  • achieve a personal goal

The CCP program at NLC offers:

  • supportive, adult-centred environments
  • part-time or full-time studies
  • small class sizes
  • flexible arrangements for learning guided by caring instructors
  • instructor-led classes
  • an Adult Learning Centre for extra help and individualized courses
  • tutoring services for current students
  • convenient access to college resources

To determine grade level, students have the option to complete English and Math appraisals.

Fundamental Certificate (Level 02)
  • Grades 8 and 9
  • English, math, and computers
  • Individualized instruction
Intermediate Certificate (Level 03)
  • Grade 10
  • English, math, plus two of the following: computers, science or social studies
  • Individualized instruction
  • Students may wish to enter a trade or vocational program at this point.
Advanced Certificate (Level 04)
  • Grade 11
  • English, choice of math courses, accounting, biology, chemistry, physics, computer studies, social studies
  • Courses may be face-to-face instructor-led, or delivered at a distance via video conference or web conference or student–directed with instructor support
Provincial Diploma (Level 05)
  • B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma
  • Grade 12
  • English, communications, creative writing, First Nations studies, geography, history, law, math, biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • With successful completion of English 05, Math 04 or Accounting 04, and three Level 05 courses or two Level 05 courses and Social Studies 040, or the equivalent grade 11 or 12 Ministry of Education courses, students may apply for the B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma

>>Career and College Preparation Timetables


Locations:  Face-to-face, online, and video-conference delivery: Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John; advanced- and provincial-level online delivery only: Atlin, Dease Lake, and Tumbler Ridge.

Length: Varies

Start: September and February

Fees: Tuition; student fees, textbooks and other costs apply.

Check the current tuition guide for estimated costs.

Admission Prerequisites
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • 17 years of age or older and
  • Out of school for at least one year; or by special arrangement with the School District.

NOTE: There is no maximum age.

Important Notes
  1. To determine grade level, you have the option to complete English and Math Appraisals 
  2. Questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions section.
  3. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  4. Fees and textbook funding may be available through the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG).
  5. Flexible learning options may be available that fit with your work and childcare responsibilities.
  6. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Do you need more information about admissions? Please contact an admissions officer.

Do you have more questions about this program? Contact the >>program office for answers.

Essential Skills for Trades

ESTR 037 Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades

ESTR 047 Advanced-Level Essential Skills for Trades

Essential Skills for Trades—Seats still available. If you need upgrading before starting your trades training, we have your program! Courses are offered online and can be completed on your own schedule. You must enroll before mid-February. Learning help is readily available by appointment or during dedicated sessions on Wednesdays from 6–8 pm.

Fundamental Level (Grades 8 and 9)

Intermediate Level (Grade 10)

Advanced Level (Grade 11)

Provincial Level (Grade 12)