Programs A - Z

  • Academic Upgrading (7-9)Full-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Online

    NOTE: This program is under review for the 2013/14 Academic Year.

    The Academic Upgrading Grades 7 to 9 program is offered in a friendly, mature and student-oriented environment. You will take a skills and prior learning assessment to determine what level you are at to develop your individual learning plan to map our your educational path.

  • Academic Upgrading (9-12)Full-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Online

    NorQuest College offers high school courses that follow the Alberta Education curriculum and high school equivalency courses that are accepted by Alberta and Canadian universities and college. 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 understand your educational path.

    New options added for Academic Upgrading!

    Starting in January, you have more choices! We've expanded, so there are more seats available for daytime classes. And, we've added the following 2 new options:

    • January - Evening classes! Take the courses you need to complete your high school diploma or GED at a more convenient time.
    • New spring session added! Pick up those diploma courses you need to get into your post-secondary programs in a short, compressed semester and you will be finished by the end of June.
  • Administrative Professional CertificateFull-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, software applications, business communication, and event management.

    Grant funding may be available for qualified applicants.

  • 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 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 pipe trades skills, as well as work experience in your chosen trade.

  • 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), Hybrid

    Whether you have well-defined goals such as becoming an accountant or marketer 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.

    This program is brokered from Grande Prairie Regional College.

  • Continuing Education for Academic UpgradingPart-time (PT), Online

    The decision to return to school can be difficult. Personal and family commitments, work, and financial obligations during the day can seem overwhelming. Taking evening classes may be the right solution for you. We offer pre-high school (grades 7 to 9) courses and high school credit courses. Prep courses for entry into Grant MacEwan University are also offered online. We review your transcripts and/or offer placement testing so that you have an accurate assessment of your skills. You don't have to wait for months to begin, as many of our courses accept students throughout the year. Please check our website at for dates and times.

    Contact us today for more information about how continuing education courses at NorQuest College can help smooth the way for you.

    Starting in January 2014 - Evening classes!

    Take the courses you need to complete your high school diploma or GED at a more convenient time. The following courses will be available for evening:

  • Day Home ProviderFull-time (FT)

    The Day Home Provider certificate program teaches you about early childhood programming, job presentation skills and how to run a home-based child care business, through hands-on, immersive training in both academic and occupational skills.

    This program is designed for  ESL and Adult Literacy students.

  • Early Learning and Child CarePart-time (PT), Hybrid

    The Bow Valley College Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) 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).

    Bow Valley College will deliver this 5-term program on NorQuest College's Drayton Valley campus starting January 20, 2014 as a part-time hybrid delivery over 2 years.

    For quick information, download the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate Program fact sheet (101K pdf)


  • 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 suit your needs.

    Starting in January 2014 - Evening classes!

    The following classes will be offered in the evening starting in January 2014:

  • ESL Intensive - Continuing EducationPart-time (PT)

    Take ESL courses to improve your English – from general ESL to specialized ESL courses like TOEFL IBT preparation. Evening classes allow you to fit learning into your work and personal schedule.

  • 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), Distance, 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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), Distance, Online

    Are you new to Canada? The LINC program may be for you. You will benefit from instruction in the language skills you need to integrate into community life and work in Canada. You can develop your English language proficiency at the level you need and progress at your own rate.

    Tuition for LINC is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. There are no fees or tuition for eligible students.

  • LINC Rural DeliveryPart-time (PT), Distance, Online

    Designed for recent immigrants who live in small urban centres or rural areas in Northern Alberta and funded by the federal government, LINC programs cover basic English literacy to LINC 5.

    Progress at your own rate and build the language skills you need to integrate into work and community life, progress to further ESL training or academic upgrading.

  • 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.

  • Personal Branding Seminar Series - Why it Matters and How to Achieve itPart-time (PT)

    Increase your opportunities for success by learning about how to create a personal brand that reflects a professional, polished image. Whether you are looking to positively present your organization, become a candidate for promotion, or move on to other opportunities, these skills will help you achieve your goals.

  • 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 pharmaceuticals, from preparing prescriptions, compounded medications and sterile products for dispensing to providing customer care. Includes two 4-week practicum experiences in retail and institutional pharmacy settings.

  • Pharmacy Technician BridgingPart-time (PT), Distance, Hybrid

    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, Hybrid

    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.

  • Practical NurseFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Distance, Hybrid

    To meet Alberta's growing needs in health care, the demand for Licensed Practical Nurses is increasing. NorQuest's programs, 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 CPNRE 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 GEDFull-time (FT)

    NOTE: This program is under review for the 2013/14 Academic Year.

    Prep for GED is a 16-week program designed to prepare you for the General Educational Development examinations.

    After successfully completing all GED prep courses, students will be prepared to write the GED exams. NorQuest College is an accredited GED testing centre. Please note that students must apply to write the GED exams, and pay appropriate testing fees.

  • Prep for Practical NurseFull-time (FT)

    Prepare to enter NorQuest College's Practical Nurse diploma program and obtain 2 of the 3 prerequisites for entry in just 4 months.

  • Print Media ProductionFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT)

    The Print Media Production program has been suspended for the 2013/14 academic year.

    This program prepares students for a career in the print industry that challenges their creativity and uses cutting-edge technology. In 4 months, you will learn the theory and application of today's printing processes, such as pre-press, press operations and creative finishing techniques.

  • 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
  • Skills for EmploymentFull-time (FT)

    NOTE: This program is under review for the 2013/14 Academic Year.

    Earn a certificate and move from school to employment in 6 months or less. We help you set career goals, develop essential skills and prepare you for the workplace with a 4-month work experience, all while providing ongoing support and mentorship..

  • Social WorkFull-time (FT), Hybrid

    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)

    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, Hybrid

    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 diploma program.

  • Therapeutic Recreation DiplomaFull-time (FT), Distance, Hybrid

    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 an adult learning post-secondary environment. The curriculum and projects are high interest and fast-paced.

    Starts every 8 weeks between September and April.