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Pre-Employment Workplace Essential Skills Certificate


Program update

This program is not accepting applications.
Communities or organizations interested in offering this program locally can contact the office of the Dean of Academic and Vocational Programs.

The Pre-Employment Workplace Essential Skills program offers pre-vocational training for youth and adults. The program includes the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) to assess the student’s essential skill level and a variety of learning  opportunities designed to increase literacy, employability and essential skill levels of people preparing to enter the workforce

Career Prospects

Graduates exit the program with qualifications for entry-level positions in a variety of fields. In addition, graduates from the program have training in the nine essential skills to meet the requirement level of the Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) National Occupational Classification and the Conference Board of Canada Essential Skills


No intakes are scheduled at this time.


271.5 hours; approximately 18 weeks long.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Vocational/Career Technical

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$ 928.53$ 70.46$ 568.41$ 1,567.40

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 3,336.74$ 70.46$ 568.41$ 828.00$ 4,803.60

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Admission Requirements

  • 17 years of age (or have a special arrangement with the School District(s) and/or Instructor); and
  • minimum working literacy level of Grade 5.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. The program is affiliated Bow Valley College.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement

Normally, all courses must be completed at Northern Lights College, howeer course transfer requests may be considered on a case by case basis.

Minimum Grade Requirements

Courses are graded as Pass or Fail:

All of:

Workforce Training Courses

Students may also choose one or more of the following optional Workforce Training courses, depending on the occupation associated with their work experience course:

  • WFTR 101 – First Aid Level 1
  • WFTR 107 – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • WFTR 108 – H2S Alive
  • WFTR 119 – Traffic Control Person
  • WFTR 140 – FoodSafe Level I
  • WFTR 302 – Petroleum Safety Training
  • WFTR 800 – General Oilfield Driver Improvement


Certificate in Pre-Employment Workplace Essential Skills