Programs A - Z

Academic UpgradingFull-time, Part-time, Online, Varies, Full or part-time

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.

Addictions Recovery PractitionerHybrid

The Addictions Recovery Practitioner post-diploma certificate program provides health and human services professionals with the knowledge and skills to work with clients experiencing substance use and concurrent disorders. The program is offered in a flexible combination of online courses and live classroom instruction on evenings and weekends.

The program emphasizes acquisition of applied skills and best practices in direct client care, advocacy, ethics, and work with families and communities. The program builds upon students’ previous training and experience, and graduates are equipped to meet client and employer needs in a range of relevant settings.

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 theory courses, one lab course, and a clinical practice through self-paced study.

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 program is designed to prepare you for the trade 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.

Arts and SciencesFull or part-time

Are you ready to begin your post-secondary journey? Take your first year of Arts and Sciences courses at NorQuest College. By taking NorQuest's Arts and Sciences program, you may transfer credits to university and enter into the second year of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree. You may also take Arts and Sciences courses to receive credit towards completion of a NorQuest Health or Community Studies program.

Business AdministrationFull-time, Open Studies, Online

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. Students will explore innovative trends and practices while acquiring the skills and knowledge relevant to current and future industry needs.

NorQuest's program integrates practical learning experiences with unique content for a truly different business program. The practical and intensive training throughout the program helps our graduates become in-demand job candidates.

Community Support WorkerFull-time, Hybrid

The Community Support Worker program is a nine-month certificate designed to develop fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes in students to work with marginalized communities and individuals. Graduates are expected to work at the front line of human-service delivery settings in one of four distinct areas: immigrants and refugees, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, and older adults.

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 Care CertificateFull-time

The Early Learning and Child Care certificate program prepares graduates to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and to plan appropriate activities for the children in their care. Knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-centred learning experiences.

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Full ProgramFull-time, Part-time, Online

The Early Learning and Child Care diploma program will combine theory with practice to prepare graduates for Child Development Supervisor certifications from Alberta Human Services.

Note: This program is a full two-year program. Graduates of NorQuest's  Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program or other Early Learning and Child Care certificate programs should apply to the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Year 2 Only version of the program.

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Year 2 OnlyFull-time, Online
The Early Learning and Child Care diploma program will combine theory with practice to prepare graduates for Child Development Supervisor certifications from Alberta Human Services. The ELCC diploma program builds on NorQuest College’s Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program.

Note: This program is Year 2 of the diploma program only. For direct entry in Year 1, see the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Full Program version of the program.
ESL IntensiveFull-time, Part-time, Online

Is English a second or additional language for you? Do you need a full-time or part-time program in English as a second language to achieve your personal, academic, or professional goals?

Improve your English language speaking, reading and writing skills to prepare for further education or employment. All courses are four months long. Once you apply, free placement testing is available and your program will be tailored to meet your specific needs and level.

Foundations for LearningOnline

NorQuest College has partnered with community adult learning programs (CALPs) to offer high school and college preparatory programming in communities around Alberta. Foundations for Learning includes a range of 12-week online courses to rural learners at a reduced tuition rate. Students work at their own pace through online, anytime courses. Approximately 45 hours of instructor-led activities will be provided to you. In addition, 30 hours of in-person tutorial support will be available to you in your community at the local CALP.

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.

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 frontline 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)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 three years, but do not currently have a certificate that is recognized in Alberta.

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. Offered in fast-paced in-person or online, you can obtain your certificate in just four months, including a one-month practicum in a medical setting.

Hospitality ManagementOnline

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.
LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to CanadaFull-time, Part-time, Hybrid, Online

Are you new to Canada? NorQuest College supports your settlement in Alberta and Canada by offering courses that will help you develop basic English language proficiency, settlement knowledge, and essential skills. Our community service learning activities are designed to provide learning opportunities while making a meaningful contribution to the community and will prepare you for further education or career options.

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 online 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 skilled graduates to enter the workforce to perform the critical work of sterilizing, packaging, and storing surgical and medical instruments.

Medical Office AssistantFull-time, Online

Considered a valuable asset to the health care team, medical office assistants support physicians and other health care professionals with essential administrative support. NorQuest’s three-month, fast-paced Medical Office Assistant program helps graduates get into the workforce quickly and develop skills to perform a variety of tasks including scheduling, billing, word processing, communications, and more.

Mental Health Recovery PractitionerHybrid

The Mental Health Recovery Practitioner post-diploma certificate program provides health and human services professionals with the knowledge and skills to work with clients experiencing mental health and concurrent disorders. The program is offered in a flexible combination of online courses and live classroom instruction on evenings and weekends.

The program emphasizes acquisition of applied skills and best practices in direct client care, advocacy, ethics, and work with families and communities. A key component of the program is work in labs and practicum. The program builds upon students’ previous training and experience, and graduates are equipped to meet client and employer needs in a range of relevant settings.

NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighter TrainingOnline
This entry level firefighting program covers the knowledge and skills required to function as an integral member of a firefighting team.
NFPA 1006 Rescue TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

The rescue series training dives into the techniques and skills needed to perform safe and effective rescue practices. There are three training levels within this specialization. The first is an awareness course to give you a broad but firm understanding of what is required as integral member of a rescue and safety team. The second and third levels are focused on rope rescue.

NFPA 1021 Fire Officer TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

This program is designed to assist individuals in making the transition from firefighter to company officer at the supervisory level. You will learn the organizational and operational skills and knowledge required to effectively manage a department. Supervisor skills and leadership fundamentals; operational skills including budget processes, information management and record keeping are all included to provide you with the skills, tactics, and knowledge to take your career to the next level.

NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

The fire inspector training is designed for both uniformed and civilian inspectors. This training will teach you the principles and techniques of fire prevention, life-safety inspection, and code compliance.

NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

The fire service instructor training involves two levels to develop and teach the skills required to be an effective instructor. This training is for seasoned professionals already in the fire services industry.

NFPA 1081 Industrial Firefighter TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

Develop the knowledge and skills to be a competent member of an industrial fire brigade response team. There are four levels for this training. You can complete one level or all four to advance your career in industrial fire services.

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 dispensing prescriptions, preparing compounded medications and sterile products, repackaging pharmaceuticals, managing inventory, teaching patients to use medical devices, and providing patient care. The two one-month practicums give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in both community 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. This program includes two six-week practicums in physical therapy settings.

Practical NurseFull-time, Part-time, Open Studies, Online

To meet Alberta's growing needs in health care, the demand for licensed practical nurses is increasing. NorQuest's Practical Nurse 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 acquire your licence to work as an LPN, you can achieve your goal through a combination of: recognition of your prior learning. This can include a combination of transfer credit, prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) portfolio, challenge exams, and part-time online learning with NorQuest College.

You have up to five years to complete the Practical Nurse Refresher program.

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 and accredited two-year full-time Social Work diploma program with a multicultural focus. As its mission, the program emphasizes the value of human diversity and teaches the practice of social work within an anti-oppressive framework that is supportive and empowering.

As a social worker, you may have the ability to improve the quality of life for yourself and for others through self-reflection and offering resources, services, and opportunities for your prospective clients. In addition, you will be prepared to create social change through your work and professional activities.

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.

Teaching English as a Second LanguageOnline

This 120-hour program provides participants with key principles of second-language teaching and the skills, strategies, and tools to be successful in teaching English language learners. The program is designed for individuals who are new to the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) field and provides them with effective teaching skills and immediate classroom application experience. Those who may already have a background in teaching can benefit from the program by learning about new theoretical and practical trends in the field and solidifying their teaching abilities.

Teaching English as an Additional Language ProfessionalFull-time, Part-time

The Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional certificate is a flexible credit program that prepares graduates to be effective instructors of adult English language learners and certified K-12 teachers to better address the diverse language and cultural needs of their English language learners.

Therapeutic Recreation CertificateFull-time, Open Studies, Online

The Therapeutic Recreation certificate program focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities. The program 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.

This program includes a 320-hour practicum, which meets the requirements for professional membership in the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).

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.

Veterinary Office AssistantFull-time

This fast-paced, 12-week program will prepare you to work in the veterinary field as a valued member of the veterinary team in clinical, emergency, or specialty hospital settings. The program combines office administrative skills, veterinary medical terminology, and hands-on training. Veterinary office assistants have an important role in supporting veterinarians and technicians while interacting with clients and their pets to help make their experience a positive one.

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 17–25, who wish to transition into an adult learning post-secondary environment. Youth in Transition offers small class sizes so that students can receive the maximum amount of individualized support from their instructors.