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Family Resource Practitioner Advanced Certificate

Location(s): Online

Program update

Applications to this program are currently suspended.
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The Family Resource Practitioner (FRP) Advanced Certificate provides education for personnel who support and assist parents of infants and young children in dealing with a wide range of challenges including child development, economic stress, adaptation to a new country and culture, separation and divorce, family violence, or mental wellness.

Certificate students will complete a unique offering of courses that will increase their ability to address family functioning and assist parents/caregivers with their children’s social, cognitive, emotional and physical development. The curriculum includes eight courses incorporating both cognitive and experiential learning, culminating in a final capstone project presented during the last course.

The Advanced Certificate is typically completed through a blended model of distance delivery, involving online, teleconference, and web/videoconference. Face-to-face course offerings may be available within the Northern Lights College region or other provincial regions depending on student enrollment or special-project funding.

Career Prospects

The FRP Advanced Certificate enhances the career prospects of Family Support Practitioners, particularly those in prevention-focused parent/child engagement programs.


No intakes are scheduled at this time.


24 credits (360 hours), minimum.

This is a one year program taken over two semesters with minimum of 15 credits per semester plus a final capstone project course.  Part-time studies will take longer.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1$ 2,865.12$ 199.44$ 782.71$ 3,847.27

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 9,264.00$ 199.44$ 782.71$ 828.00$ 11,074.15

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Admission Requirements

English Requirement

One of:

  • English First Peoples 12 with a C grade or higher
  • English 12 with a C grade or higher
  • English Literature 12 with a C grade or higher
  • ENGL 050 with a C grade or higher
  • ENGL 099 with a C grade or higher
  • Any university-level English course with a C grade or higher
  • NLC Writing Assessment with placement at the college level (100)

Additional Requirements

Either of:

  • Three-years of work experience in family services or in a closely related field1
  • Completion of a two-year human service diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution2

Document Requirements

All of:

  • Copy of a government-issued photo ID with full legal name
  • Personal profile3
  • Two letters of reference4

1 Closely related fields include Education Assistant, Early Childhood Education, and Social Services Worker.  Letters of reference for applicants qualifying under this criterion must address professional experience.

2 Students applying  with a two-year human service diploma must verify, in writing, their knowledge of Family Support work in the Personal Profile.

3 See Instructions for preparing the Personal Profile. 

4 The letters of reference must be written and dated within a year of application.  Each must attest to the candidate’s personal suitability for working with vulnerable families.

Post-Admission Requirement

  • A clearance letter from the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP), for a Schedule “B” Criminal Record Check (CRC), WORKS WITH Children and Vulnerable Adults within eight weeks of starting FRPC 200.  For information and regulations, see Criminal Records Checks.

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. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.  Teleconferences require significant time on the phone; long-distance charges may apply if toll-free options are not available.
  3. This program is affiliated with Family Resource Programs of BC (FRP-BC)

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement50% of all courses must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements2.00 Grade Point Average (GPA); minimum grade of D in all courses

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Advanced Certificate in Family Resource Practitioner