Programs A - Z
- Academic Upgrading (9-12)Full-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Hybrid, Online
NorQuest College offers high school courses that follow the Alberta Education curriculum and high school equivalency courses accepted by Alberta and Canadian universities and colleges. These courses prepare you to continue on to post-secondary studies at NorQuest or another college, technical institute or university and increase your job opportunities. Each student receives a skills and prior learning assessment and an individual learning plan to reach your specific goals.
Academic Upgrading courses are also available through eCampus Alberta
eCampus courses are available online and have multiple start dates. Visit the eCampusAlberta website for more information or to register.
- Accounting TechnicianFull-time (FT)
Accounting technicians are involved in the day-to-day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information. They may also perform a wide range of finance roles, from accounts clerk to financial controller and beyond.
This program allows you to maintain full-time employment while pursuing a professional qualification, giving you “A Career in Less Than a Year.”
- Administrative ProfessionalFull-time (FT), Open Studies
The Administrative Professional certificate equips students with the skills and knowledge to become an effective office professional. Students will learn essential office skills such as basic accounting, office management, organizational politics, software applications, business communication, and event management.
- Advanced Education in Orthopaedics for LPNsPart-time (PT), Distance
This post-diploma, advanced certificate program prepares licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with the knowledge and skills for a specialized career in orthopaedics. This program includes specialized orthopaedic procedures and a 300-hour preceptored clinical practicum.
- Apprenticeship PrepFull-time (FT)
This certificate program is designed to prepare you to write the Apprenticeship Entrance Exam for levels 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. You will receive instruction in math, science, computers, employability and practical trades skills. The focus of this year's program will be on welding, steam fitting, pipefitting, plumbing, and related trades.
A new intake has been added for Apprenticeship Prep! Due to demand, this program is also being offered in the Winter Term, with a January start date.
- Basic Life SupportPart-time (PT)
Half-day classroom courses designed to teach a variety of health-care professionals how to recognize a number of life-threatening emergencies, how to provide CPR, how to use an AED and how to relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.
- Business AdministrationFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Open Studies
Whether you have well-defined goals such as becoming an accountant or a marketing professional, or you are still undecided about your role in the business world, the Business Administration diploma program provides a strong foundation for any business career you might choose.
This program is brokered from Grande Prairie Regional College.
- Community Support WorkerFull-time (FT)
This exciting 1-year certificate program provides graduates the skills to serve in one of three unique communities: Aboriginals, immigrants/refugees, and individuals with disabilities. Students will have the opportunity to focus their training in community support practice in a community of their career interest.
Note: For 2014-2015, the new program starts with admitting applicants specifically interested in community support practice with the immigrant/refugee community. The two other training options, practice with Aboriginals and practice with the disabled, will be added after the 2014-2015 academic year.
- Customer Service SkillsPart-time (PT)
- Day Home ProviderFull-time (FT)
As a Day Home Provider, you will play an important role in a child's development. This program will teach you about early childhood programming, job presentation skills, and how to run a home-based day home business. If you love children, this will be a rewarding career.
This program is designed for ESL Intensive students.
- Early Learning and Child CarePart-time (PT), Hybrid
This Certificate program prepares graduates to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan developmentally appropriate activities for the children in their care. Knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning will equip graduates to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences.
The program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services (formerly referred to as Level 2).
- ESL IntensiveFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT)
Improve your English language speaking, reading and writing skills to prepare for further education or employment. All courses are 4 months long. Free placement testing is available and your program will be tailored to meet your specific needs and level.
NorQuest offers career English courses as part of this program. They will help you improve your English language speaking, reading, and writing skills and prepare you for further education or employment in specific health and business careers by teaching you the career-specific vocabulary and language used in those professions.
- For more information, download our Career English Courses fact sheet (99K pdf).
Are you a current LINC student? Learn why you should come to NorQuest College to continue your ESL education. Download our brochure Learn English at NorQuest College (815K pdf) for the Top 10 reasons NorQuest College is your best choice.
- Foundations for LearningOnline
NorQuest College's Foundations for Learning program is designed for learners in rural areas to take courses in foundational level math, science, English, and English language proficiency in their home communities with local tutor support.
- Courses are 12 weeks in length (Academic Upgrading courses have the option to purchase a 4-week extension), and are delivered using our online learning system.
- Each course has 45 hours of instruction and an instructor will facilitate the courses in real time, live either on-site or off-site through the online learning system, web conferencing and video conferencing
- Instructors will also have “virtual hours” when students can schedule one-on-one appointments.
- 30 hours of on-site tutorial services will be available at the local Community Adult Learning Council to provide students with academic support in their home communities. Online tutorial support will also be available to students through NorQuest College.
- Attendance is not recorded.
This program will help learners gain skills in math, science, English, and English language proficiency, and provide opportunities for learners to continue on to post-secondary programs.
Beginning in November:
- Pre-Trades Math and Science Preparation Foundations (MATH1521)
- GED Preparation Foundations (GEDP1521)
- English Preparation with an Aboriginal Focus Foundations (ENGL1521)
- Essential Mathematics Foundations (MATH1525)
- Pre-Algebra Foundations (MATH1522)
Beginning in January:
- High School Math Prep Foundations (MATH1523)
- English Preparation Foundations (ENGL1523)
- Prep for Practical Nurse Math Foundations (MATH1524)
Beginning in February:
**Note: This course will be offered for 12 weeks as an evening delivery through web conferencing. Students will be required to complete an online placement test through their locoal Community Adult Learning Council in order to register.
The program will be delivered in partnership with local Community Adult Learning Councils (CALCs). Together, we will help deliver more academic opportunities for learners in rural areas.
- General Computer CoursesPart-time (PT)
Don't let a lack of computer skills hold you back in your career, education and personal life. Get the basics you need to use computers more effectively with these 1-day courses.
- Health Care AideFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Online
NorQuest College’s Health Care Aide program is among the largest in Canada and prepares you to be a part of a health-care team in a variety of different settings, providing a high level of front-line care to clients in need of assistance.
This program is currently at capacity for Fall 2014 full-time intake in October but is still accepting applications for these intakes should seats become available before the start of term. Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity that may become available. Alternatively, consider our eCampus online program, or our full-time Winter 2015 intakes starting in January and March.
- Health Care Aide PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition)Distance, Hybrid, Online
The Health Care Aide PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) is a certification process for individuals who have directly related work experience in the past 3 years, but do not have a certificate currently recognized in Alberta. Once you are recommended for the PLAR process, you will receive an individual learner plan for self-study to achieve the level of proficiency required for the Health Care Aide certificate.
- Home Inspection CertificateDistance
Become a home inspector through this online certificate which meets national occupational standards and prepares you for the workforce - no construction background needed! The program's curriculum is provided by nationally recognized home inspectors Carson Dunlop. Learning is self-paced and courses can be taken individually. Complete all 10 courses and earn your certificate in as little as 8 to 10 weeks.
Note: completing a home inspection program is the first step in becoming a licensed home inspector. To become licensed, home inspectors must follow the guidelines set out by Service Alberta. For more information, please visit http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/1773.cfm
- Hospital Unit ClerkFull-time (FT), Online
Hospital Unit Clerks play a vital role in managing information flow in a hospital nursing units and being the first point of contact for patients. Obtain your certificate in just 4 months, including a 4-week work placement.
This program is currently at capacity for the Edmonton intake in Winter 2014 but is still accepting applications should seats become available before the start of term. Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity that may become available.
- Lean Six SigmaPart-time (PT)
Learn to transform your organization using Lean Six Sigma tools. The Lean Six Sigma approach helps your organization achieve business operational excellence by focusing on eliminating waste, streamlining the process flow, enhancing process performance and improving the quality of process outputs.
- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Builds on the skills learned in Green Belt Training and is designed for individuals who work full-time as a process improvement practitioner within an organization. The Lean Six Sigma Black Belts are provided the training to deal with complex cross functional projects. Instruction is application focused, requiring learners to successfully complete two projects while completing the classroom and certification portion of the training. The focus of the instruction is knowledge transfer demonstrated by real time application of technical problem solving skills.
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
This training is best suited for leaders, supervisors, associates, and front-line staff who can dedicate a minimum of 1.5 days of their work week to apply the DMAIC tools to support their project while completing the classroom and certification portion of the training. Upon completion of the project and certification exercise, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification is provided.
- Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Yellow Belts are trained on the basic Lean Six Sigma tools that will solve 80% of your problems. The Yellow Belt team members are essential to gathering data; participating in problem solving; and adding their expertise to the exploration process.
- LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to CanadaFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Hybrid
Are you new to Canada? NorQuest College supports students' settlement in Alberta and Canada by offering courses that will help you improve English and develop life and work skills. Specialized classes, such as LINC Volunteer Course, Youth LINC, or LINC with Technology are part of the program. Highly qualified instructors, an extensive LINC library, innovative computer and iPad language labs, a variety of extracurricular activities and learner services such as student advisors and career and work experience consultants, are available to all LINC students.
Tuition for LINC is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. There are no fees or tuition for eligible students.
- LINC Rural Delivery & Home Study ProgramsPart-time (PT), Distance, Online
Are you new to Canada? NorQuest College supports students' settlement in Alberta and Canada by offering courses that will help you improve English and develop life and work skills.
- The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Rural Delivery Program (LINC RDP) is a face-to-face part-time program designed for recent immigrants who live in small urban centres or in rural areas in northern Alberta.
- The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Home Study Program (LINC HSP) is an online, correspondence and phone part-time program designed for recent immigrants who live in small urban centres or in rural areas in northern Alberta.
- Students may take both the LINC RDP and LINC Home Study programs at the same time.
Tuition for LINC is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. There are no fees or tuition for eligible students.
- Literacy and Essential Skills PathwaysFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT)
This program prepares foundational learners to move into employment training programs, further upgrading or work experience-essential skills certification. Tailored to your career goals, current skill sets, and progress, the Literacy and Essential Skills Pathways program focuses on individual learning plans. You will explore career possibilities and work on improving your essential skills in reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, thinking skills, digital technologies, and continuous learning, as they apply to your career path.
- LPN Continuing Education CoursesPart-time (PT), Distance, Online
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) continuing education courses can be applied to your continuing competency profile. These are self-paced distance education courses. You can register at any time and you will have 26 weeks to complete each course. A certificate of completion is awarded for each course successfully completed.
The Advanced Education in Orthopaedics for LPNs program allows LPNs to expand their scope of practice by learning special orthopaedic procedures.
- Medical Device Reprocessing TechnicianFull-time (FT)
If you want to work in the health-care field but are unaware of all your options, this is one to consider - the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician course.
Reprocessing is the cleaning, decontamination and sterilization of reusable medical devices. Medical sterilization and reprocessing practices must follow strict policies and standard operating procedures in order to prevent and control the spread of infection.
Upon completing the theory and practicum components, you will be prepared to qualify for and write the exam that certifies you as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is the Canadian certifying body that issues the certified medical device reprocessing technician (CMDRT) credential.
- Microsoft Office CoursesPart-time (PT)
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is expected in today's workplace. Gain proficiency with Word and Excel with this series of 4-evening courses.
Check back often, as new courses and programs are added continuously.
- Pharmacy TechnicianFull-time (FT)
As a student in this nationally accredited diploma program, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work in the fast-paced and highly respected field of pharmacy, from preparing prescriptions, compounding medications, and preparing sterile products, to providing customer care. Includes two 4-week practicum experiences in retail and institutional pharmacy settings.
- Pharmacy Technician BridgingPart-time (PT)
The National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program has been developed by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) to assist individuals already working in the role of pharmacy technician to upgrade their skills to align with changes in the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians, without returning to school to complete a full-time training program. The ultimate goal is a national strategy that will enable regulated pharmacy technicians to re-locate and work anywhere in Canada without the need to re-qualify.
- Physical Therapy AssistantFull-time (FT), Distance
The Physical Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares you with the theoretical knowledge and therapeutic skills needed to assist patients in overcoming physical injury or disability. Includes two 6-week practicum experiences in physical therapy settings.
- Power Engineering Fourth ClassPart-time (PT), Hybrid
Looking to start or expand your career in power engineering? Earn a certificate in just 6 months and, upon successful completion, you will be eligible to write the 4th Class provincial exam. You will build practical knowledge of power engineering topics related to industrial plants and heavy industry, including heating plants, pulp and paper operations, and oil industry operations, such as refineries.
This course is also suitable for foremen, heating plant caretakers, oil and gas process operators, and those with special oil well certification.
This program is being delivered by NAIT at NorQuest College campuses in Drayton Valley and Whitecourt.
- Practical NurseFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Distance
To meet Alberta's growing needs in health care, the demand for Licensed Practical Nurses is increasing. NorQuest's program, one of the largest in Canada, will prepare you to play a vital, front-line role in treating patients in a variety of health-care settings.
- Practical Nurse RefresherDistance
If you are a former Canadian-educated practical nurse or internationally educated nurse and wish to regain your licence to work as an LPN, you can achieve your goal through a combination of challenge exams, transfer credit and part-time distance learning with NorQuest College. You have up to 5 years to complete the Practical Nurse Refresher program and you can start the program at the beginning of any month.
- Prep for CPRNE Workshop
The Prep for CPRNE workshop is a 1-day course that will prepare you to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam, including study skills, exam practice and classroom assessment and review.
- Prep for Practical NurseFull-time (FT), Online
Prepare to enter NorQuest College's Practical Nurse diploma program and obtain 2 of the 3 prerequisites for entry in just 4 months.
- Project AssistantPart-time (PT), Online
- Five core courses (130 hrs total)
- Part time online studies
- Spring, Fall, and Winter intake
- Optional elective courses
- On-going student support
- Service Industry Skill TrainingPart-time (PT)
The Service Industry Skills Training certificate program will provide students with the skills, knowledge and certifications required to become employable in the service industry. These short certifications are designed to get students trained in world-class customer service skills and get working quickly.
All students take a common Introduction to the Service Industry (XBUS2002) course, then may choose to take one or more of 5 different specialities, each of which will prepare individuals to enter the service industry with the foundational knowledge in a number of competencies and skills that are applicable across the sector. Each speciality certificate will help advance skills, improve productivity, build talent, elevate expertise, enable growth, and increase efficiency.
Total course time ranges from 18-30 hours, depending on specialization.
Students may add optional certifications to further increase their knowledge and employability.
- Social WorkFull-time (FT)
NorQuest's 2-year Social Work diploma program incorporates a unique multicultural focus which will make you better able to help your clients. In addition to social work foundations, you will develop intercultural values and knowledge, and skills for social work practice.
- Strategic Social Media for OrganizationsPart-time (PT), Online
This 5-course series teaches you to use social media strategically to benefit your organization. Take the full certificate for social media mastery, or just one in this innovative new program.
- Therapeutic Recreation CertificateFull-time (FT), Distance
This certificate program focuses on knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities. Includes a 320-hour practicum. Following successful completion, graduates may continue on to the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma program.
This program is currently at capacity for Fall 2014, but is still accepting applications for the Fall 2014 term should seats become available before the start of term. Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity that may become available.
- Therapeutic Recreation DiplomaPart-time (PT), Distance
Building on the Therapeutic Recreation certificate program, this additional year focuses on the concepts, theory and practical experiences related to leadership and critical thinking you will need to work with clients and enhance their quality of life through leisure activities. The leadership and communication skills you develop will help you encourage clients, who may have cognitive or physical impairments, to participate in activities. Includes a 320-hour practicum.
- Transitions to EmploymentFull-time (FT)
This 10-month program is designed to provide employment preparation training for adults with mild cognitive developmental disabilities.
Through a combination of classroom and workplace training, you will acquire marketable skills, training on current equipment and practices, and increased self-confidence while receiving ongoing, intensive support and mentoring from College staff.
This program is also known as the Transitional Vocational Program.
- Youth In TransitionFull-time (FT)
This full-time program focuses on increasing academic and personal communication skills for ESL (English as a second language) youth, ages 17 to 25, who wish to transition into further education. The curriculum and projects are high interest and fast-paced.
Starts every 8 weeks between September and April.