There are no further intakes available for this academic year.


Program length  

10 months



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Total: $12,777.99

Total: $34,750.49

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  • history of special education (school records, standardized testing, etc.)
  • admission interview with a NorQuest College counsellor
  • able to participate in a group setting
  • able to function independently in class and at the work site
  • ready for employment
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This program information is not for the current academic year. If you are interested in a program starting before July, view the current academic year of the program.

Program Details

This 10-month program is designed to provide employment preparation training for adults with mild developmental disabilities. Our post-secondary setting enables learners to further their education beyond high school to transition to the workforce.

Through a combination of classroom and workplace training, you will acquire marketable skills, training on current equipment and understanding of current practices, and increased self-confidence while receiving ongoing, intensive support and mentoring from college staff.

As described in Alberta Human Services (AHS) Training for Work programs on the AHS website:


The Transitional Vocational Program (TVP) is a specialized program element under Training for Work. The objective of TVP is to provide eligible individuals with training and guidance that will contribute directly to their ability to obtain employment and establish and maintain independence. Independent living in and of itself is not the desired outcome for TVP.

Transitional Vocational Program is based upon the following premises:

  • Persons who are assessed with a mild developmental disability have the capacity to contribute to their own economic and personal sustainability through employment.
  • Success in the workplace can be attainable through training that combines living skills, employability skills, occupational skills and work experience.


Eligible Individuals Specific to Transitional Vocational Program

  • To be eligible for TVP, individuals must be identified as having a developmental disability. This requirement is unique to TVP. A person with a developmental disability is defined as an individual who is:
    • experiencing significant limitation in intellectual capacity which significantly affects the ability to learn and perform daily living skills.
      • An applicant’s intellectual capacity is determined through a formal IQ test that has been administered by a registered psychologist.
      • Limitations in intellectual capacity are defined as a full-scale IQ score of two or more standard deviations below the average IQ of 100. A standard deviation is 15 points, so two or more standard deviations below the average is an IQ score of 70 or less.
    • experiencing limitation in adaptive skills.
      • Defined by the need for help to perform two or more of the following adaptive skills areas: communication; home living; community use; health and safety; leisure; self-care; social skills; self-direction; functional academics; work.
  • Individuals must have the ability to participate in training within a work setting without the assistance of a full-time job coach.
  • Individuals must be at least 18 years of age at the program start date.
  • Individuals can enter TVP directly upon completion of high school. They are not required to be out of high school for one year (12 months) to be eligible.
  • Assets are not used to determine financial eligibility.
  • To be eligible for TVP, an individual must meet all other requirements listed under Eligible Individuals – General.

For additional information about Transitional Vocational Programs, visit Alberta Human Services Employment & Training Programs and Services.

Practicum/Work Experience

Students will receive 450 hours (three months) of work experience over the course of the program.