Programs A - Z

Academic UpgradingFull-time, Part-time, Online

NorQuest College operates as an accredited high school and offers courses that follow the Alberta Education curriculum. As a post-secondary institution, we also offer high school equivalency courses that are accepted by Canadian post-secondary institutions and Alberta universities and colleges under the Alberta Council for Admissions and Transfer agreement.

These courses prepare you to continue on to study at NorQuest or other post-secondary institutions and increase your job opportunities. You will receive a skills and prior learning assessment and an individual learning plan to help you reach your specific goals.

Accounting TechnicianFull-time, Open Studies, Online

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.

Administrative ProfessionalFull-time, Open Studies, Online

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, Online

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

The Apprenticeship Prep certificate program is designed to prepare you for the entrance exam and entry into one of 45 designated trades. The focus of the program is on upgrading, practical trades training, and facilitated work experience.

Business AdministrationFull-time, Open Studies


Whether you have well-defined goals such as becoming an accountant, an entrepreneur, a business operations manager, or a human resources professional, the Business Administration diploma program provides a strong foundation for any business career you might choose. NorQuest's new program integrates practical learning experiences with unique content for a truly different business program.

Community Support WorkerFull-time, Hybrid

This exciting certificate program provides graduates with generalist skills to work in a variety of frontline human service settings. Students will have the opportunity to focus their training in one of four unique communities:

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Immigrants/refugees
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Older adults
Continuing Education for Academic UpgradingPart-time, 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.

Day Home ProviderFull-time

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 English language learners.

Early Learning and Child CareFull-time, Part-time, 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.

ESL IntensiveFull-time, Part-time, Online

Improve your English language speaking, reading and writing skills to prepare for further education or employment. All courses are four 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.

ESL Intensive - Continuing EducationPart-time

ESL Continuing Education offers a selection of part-time English courses, ranging from general ESL (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to specialized ESL courses.

Foundations for LearningOnline

NorQuest College has partnered with community adult learning programs 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.

GED and Job Skills TrainingFull-time

Do you need your high school education and assistance preparing for employment? If so, NorQuest College and Rupertsland Institute’s GED and Job Skills training program could be just the opportunity for you.

General Computer CoursesPart-time

NorQuest College's continuing education general computer courses provide you with the basic computer skills you need for personal, educational, and work success. Don't let a lack of computer skills hold you back in your career, education and personal life. Get the basics you need to effectively use computers more effectively with these one-day courses

Check back often, as new courses and programs are added continuously.

Health Care AideFull-time, Part-time, Hybrid, 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 Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum.

Health Care Aide PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition)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 three years, but do not currently have a certificate that is recognized in Alberta.

Home Inspection CertificateDistance

The program's curriculum is provided by nationally recognized home inspectors Carson Dunlop and is based on the National Occupational Standards for home inspectors in Canada. A construction background is not required. The program helps simplify the technical concepts and avoids theoretical discussions, formulas and calculations. The focus is on information home inspectors need to know and ensuring program graduates are workforce ready.

Hospital Unit ClerkFull-time, Part-time, Online

Hospital unit clerks play a vital role in managing communication and information in hospital nursing units, and are the first point of contact for patients. Learn medical terminology, how to process medical orders, communication skills, administrative procedures, and computer skills. Obtain your certificate in just four months, including a four-week practicum.

Hospitality Management

Looking to take your career to the next level? Or maybe you want to fast-track a career in hospitality? NorQuest College knows the tremendous role the hospitality industry plays in today's economy.

The program has four specializations. Complete all four specializations or take what you need to grow your career in hospitality.
Intercultural Communication PractitionerOnline
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.
LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to CanadaFull-time, Part-time, Distance, 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 full time face-to-face, part time evening face-to-face, hybrid, rural, online and home study delivery options. We also offer specialized streams in American Sign Language (ASL), volunteer experience, youth LINC, and a Prep for Online Learning course to help prepare our students who would like to study online. Our flexible delivery options allow you to study at your own pace and at a time of your choice to achieve your educational goals.

Literacy and Essential Skills PathwaysFull-time, Part-time

The Literacy and Essential Skills Pathways 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 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.

LPN Continuing Education CoursesPart-time, 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.

Medical Device Reprocessing TechnicianFull-time, Hybrid

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.

Medical Office AdministratorFull-time

Prepare for a career in helping and healing.

Are you a Métis individual looking for the opportunity to start a career in the health services sector? If so, the Medical Office Administration program, presented by NorQuest College and Rupertsland Institute, may be for you. This program is designed to provide Métis participants with the knowledge, attitude, computer training and office skills to prepare for careers in medical administration. Successful participants will leave the program with all the skill necessary to compete for a career as a medical office assistant.

Microsoft Office CoursesPart-time

Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is expected in today's workplace. Gain proficiency with Word and Excel with this series available as daytime, evening, or weekend delivery. Three levels of proficiency are available.

Pharmacy TechnicianFull-time

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 four-week practicums give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in both retail and institutional pharmacy settings.

Physical Therapy AssistantFull-time, Online

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. The program includes two six-week practicum experiences in physical therapy settings.

The fast-track delivery of 16 months of full-time study has graduates enter the workforce sooner.

Practical NurseFull-time, 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.

Practical Nurse RefresherPart-time, Online

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 online learning with NorQuest College. You have up to five 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 one-day course including study skills, exam practice, classroom assessment and review that will prepare you to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam.

Project AssistantPart-time, 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.

Service Industry SkillsPart-time

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.

Social WorkFull-time

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, Online

The use of social media in organizations has become accepted and in fact expected by clients. The challenge that organizations face is how to use these tools effectively to accomplish their goals. This program will equip you with the knowledge to choose the right tool, execute effective tactics and understand how to measure success.

Supervisor and ManagementPart-time

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.

Therapeutic Recreation CertificateFull-time, Open Studies, Online

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, Open Studies, Online

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

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.

This program is also known as the Transitional Vocational Program.

Youth in TransitionFull-time

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.

There are no tuition fees for students who qualify for entry.