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 our eCampusAlberta page for more information or to register.
- Accounting TechnicianFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT)
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), Part-time (PT), 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. The program consists of two courses and a clinical practicum. Learners will further their understanding of anatomy and physiology in relation to orthopaedics and orthopaedic radiology, assessment, and trauma. The curriculum includes specialized orthopaedic procedures, including casting.
- Apprenticeship PrepFull-time (FT)
This certificate program is designed to prepare you for entry into one of 45 designated trades. The focus of the program is on upskilling, practical trades training, and facilitated work experience.
- 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 four unique communities: Aboriginal peoples, immigrants/refugees, individuals with disabilities, and senior citizens. Students will have the opportunity to focus their training in community support practice in a community of their career interest.
- Continuing Education for Academic UpgradingPart-time (PT), Online
NorQuest College offers pre-high school (grade 9) courses, high school credit courses, and prep courses for entry to MacEwan University during evenings and online to allow you to balance work and life commitments with your upgrading needs. Many courses accept students on a continuous basis, so you do not have to wait to start.
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Sustainability are strategies organizations have long used to internalize and improve their commitment to Sustainable Development. Sustainable environmental, social and governance practices are core to well-established CSR program. Through sound CSR and Sustainability practices organizations can achieve long-term value for shareholders and other stakeholders.
- Customer Service SkillsPart-time (PT)
The Customer Service Skills certificate program is targeted to those working with the public, to gain knowledge, skills, abilities and attitude that contribute to a positive customer experience.
- 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 CareFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Hybrid
The Early Learning and Child Care certificate program prepares graduates to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and to 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-centred learning experiences.
IMPORTANT: For this first year of the program, the first 55 full-time students enrolled in the program will be eligible to receive a $1000 tuition credit towards tuition for this program. (Note: tuition credits are non-transferable, and will be applied to the student's account after the tuition deposit has been paid. If the student does not continue in the program, the credit will be forfeited).
- ESL IntensiveFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Online
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.
- ESL Intensive - Continuing EducationPart-time (PT)
ESL Continuing Education offers a selection of part-time English courses, ranging from general ESL (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to specialized ESL courses.
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 has partnered with community adult learning centres to offer college preparatory programming in Albertan communities. The program is focused on building laddering opportunities that allow rural learners to obtain college credits and transfer into post- secondary programming.
We will assess your skills and prior learning so that you begin at the level that is right for you. Qualified staff will help you design an individual learning plan to meet your specific needs and ensure that you understand your educational path.
Students are led through learning materials by qualified instructors. Learning resources are available online at any time. Tutorial support is available to students at their local community adult learning centre.
Please note: These courses are delivered via eCampusAlberta. Each course is $150 plus fees and books.
- 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. NorQuest College is licensed to deliver the Alberta Health and Wellness HCA provincial curriculum.
- Health Care Aide PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition)Distance, Hybrid
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), Part-time (PT), Online
Hospital Unit Clerks play a vital role in managing information flow in a hospital nursing units. Obtain your certificate in just 4 months, including a 4-week work placement.
This program is currently at capacity for the Edmonton full-time, part-time, and online intakes in Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 full-time intake, 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.
- Intercultural Communication PractitionerOnline
In 2008, recognizing the significant growth in the number of new Canadians participating in Alberta’s workforce, NorQuest College created the Centre for Intercultural Education. Part of the Centre’s mandate includes partnering with organizations both in the public and private sectors to conduct applied research that investigates and develops training resources, methodologies and curricula that build English for the Workplace (EWP) and intercultural communication competence.
The research is designed to develop more resilient and better integrated newcomers in our workplaces and communities. It also targets the intercultural skill development of Canadian-born colleagues who work with this increasingly diverse workforce.
The Centre’s current inventory Intercultural Communication curriculum is appropriate for the training and development requirements of almost any organization. Situational exercises specific to the conditions that exist in a particular workgroup are often incorporated into training in order to increase effectiveness and impact.
Participants may take one or all of the courses in this program. Participants who successfully complete all three courses will receive a certificate of completion.
- 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, Online
Are you new to Canada? NorQuest College supports students' settlement in Alberta and Canada by offering courses that will help you improve English language skills and develop essential skills.
Our classes range from basic literacy to CLB 8 and include specialized Youth LINC, LINC Volunteer, LINC Blended, LINC Online, LINC Rural Delivery, and LINC Home Study courses for eligible students.
We have highly qualified instructors, an extensive LINC library, innovative computer and iPad language labs, and a variety of extracurricular activities as part of the program. Learner services such as student advisors and career and work experience consultants, are available to all LINC students via personal appointments, phone, email, Skype, or other messenger tools.
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, digital technologies, and continuous learning, as they apply to your career path.
Students enter Pathways Preparation (Term 1) for four months of career and personal portfolio building to prepare for their individual “pathway.”
In Term 2, pathways consist of one of the six choices outlined in the chart (see Program Details). All but the Community Programming pathway are offered through NorQuest College.
- 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)
The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program prepares graduates to enter the workforce as Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians. These skilled technicians perform the critical work of sterilizing, packaging, and storing surgical and medical instruments.
This program is currently at capacity for the Edmonton full-time intake in Summer 2015 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.
- 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)
Our nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician program thoroughly prepares graduates for this fast-paced and highly respected occupation. As a regulated pharmacy technician, you will be involved with preparing prescriptions for dispensing, preparing compounded medications and sterile products, repackaging pharmaceuticals, managing inventory, and providing customer care. The two 4-week practicums give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in both 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.
The fast-track delivery of 18 months of full-time study has graduates enter the workforce sooner.
- 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 in the fall. Additional deliveries are being considered for other areas for the Winter term.
IMPORTANT: Registration opens June 1, 2015. Visit online registration to register.
- Practical NurseFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Distance, Hybrid, Open Studies, Online
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 become a professional practical nurse educated to give high-quality care to clients in a variety of health-care settings.
This program is currently at capacity for the Edmonton full-time and Edmonton Dickensfield intakes in Fall 2015 and is no longer accepting new applications. Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity that may become available if you are on the waiting list already.
Hybrid offerings in Edmonton, Wetaskiwin, Drayton Valley, Stony Plain, Whitecourt, and distance delivery options are still available for Fall 2015, so please consider applying to those alternate locations.
- Practical Nurse RefresherPart-time (PT), Distance
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
Prep for Practical Nurse is a 16-week program designed to prepare you for NorQuest’s Practical Nurse. Students are required to take two of the following three prerequisites required for the Practical Nurse program and two specific career and technology studies courses (Anatomy and Physiology I (ANPH1001) and Anatomy and Physiology II (ANPH1002)).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students apply to Academic Upgrading and will tak the additional Anatomy and Physiology I (ANPH1001) and Anatomy and Physiology II (ANPH1002) as part of their studies to prepare them for entry to the Practical Nurse program.
- Project AssistantPart-time (PT), Online
The Project Assistant program will equip students with the skills and knowledge required to effectively support project managers in their day-to-day operations. Students will learn effective communication, a variety of business software applications to increase their productivity, basic office procedures and functions, and describe fundamental principles, terminology and processes of effective project management.
- Five core courses (130 hrs total)
- Part-time online studies
- Spring, Fall, and Winter intake
- Optional elective courses
- On-going student support
- Service Industry SkillsPart-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.
Full tuition funding bursaries provided by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation are available to qualified students. See Financing Your Education for details.
- Social WorkFull-time (FT), Hybrid
NorQuest College offers an approved, two-year Social Work Diploma program with a multicultural focus. As its mission, the program emphasizes the value of human diversity and teaches practice within an anti-oppressive framework that is supportive and empowering.
- 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.
- Supervisor and ManagementPart-time (PT)
Designed for current or emerging leaders and those looking for promotability within their current or future roles, the Supervisor and Management Certificate program will provide you or your team with the skills and insight required to optimize their performance when supporting their teams and corporate goals. All six courses in the program will support your strategic priorities through the development and delivery of outcomes-based training. Learning activities included in the training optimize engagement and ensure that each key concept and core value is presented in a number of styles and formats. Case study discussions are included.
This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.
- 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.
- Therapeutic Recreation DiplomaFull-time (FT), 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. 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.
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 May.