University Arts and Sciences-Certificate in Engineering

Special update for applicants!
NLC’s Certificate in Engineering now provides full, seamless, guaranteed admission to the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering at second year.  Prospective students are advised to contact for more information.

engineering blueprint and toolsProgram Description

The Certificate in Engineering is an intense undergraduate credential that requires courses in the areas of chemistry, computer programming, communications, engineering design, math, and physics. 

This credential allows for seamless, guaranteed transfer into second-year engineering programs at the University of Alberta.  NLC students are responsible for understanding the terms and conditions of transfer to the UofA. For example, while second-year admission with a minimum GPA is guaranteed, competitive placement in specific second-year engineering disciplines applies to all students.

Career Prospects

This credential provides a post-secondary pathway to a career as an engineer by allowing for further study in the University of Alberta's highly regarded engineering programs. 


Location: Fort St. John campus

Length: All courses should be completed within 30 weeks (or two semesters) of full-time study in a single academic year. The Certificate in Engineering consists of a minimum of 930 hours of class time. 

Start: September

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

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Admission Requirements

Official transcripts demonstrating high school graduation with the following:
1a. English requirement for applicants whose first language is English: English Studies 12 or ENGL 050 or equivalent with a minimum final grade of "B." 
1b. English requirement for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0. Applicants with a Writing Band of 6.0 are required to complete ENGL 099 with a minimum final grade of "B."
2. Chemistry requirement for all applicants: Chemistry 12 or CHEM 050 or equivalent with a minimum final grade of "C+." 
3. Math requirement for all applicants: Pre-Calculus 12 and Calculus 12 or equivalents with a minimum final grade of "B." 
4. Physics requirement for all applicants: Physics 12 or PHYS 050 or equivalent with a minimum final grade of "C+." 

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. 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 Guide

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Program Contact: Chair, University Arts and Sciences
(Cindy Broberg, Dawson Creek campus; Issoufou Soumaila, Fort St. John campus)


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