Professional Development

NorQuest College supports lifelong learning. Professional development programs and courses allow you to train for a specific career goal, continue developing professional skills, and take your career to the next level.

We have great options to fit your needs. Professional development courses and programs can also be customized to your organization and delivered to your team on your site.

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.

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.

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.

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 evening delivery. Three levels of proficiency are available.


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.

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.

Applying Research to Nursing  PracticeOnline
In this course, you will learn about using nursing research to improve the quality of your nursing practice. Foundational research knowledge presented includes essential elements of the research process, ethical considerations associated with involvement in research, and selected features of qualitative and quantitative research.
Assisting with Medication Delivery for Health Care AidesOnline
Health care aides play a key role in providing clients with quality care. The role of the HCA has expanded to include assisting with medication delivery. Additional skills and knowledge are needed to ensure medication safety. This course prepares HCAs to safely and effectively assist with medications under the supervision of a health-care professional. It provides participants with the confidence to respond and succeed in their expanding role.
Communication SkillsOnline
This course provides an overview of methods and techniques for teaching the receptive skills of listening and reading and the productive skills of speaking and writing. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate teaching materials and design listening/speaking and reading/writing lesson plans, activities, and tasks.
Guiding the Journey: An Interactive Approach to Dementia CareDistance, Online
Dementia does not just begin and end; it is a journey. As a caregiver, you have been given the privilege of guiding the journey of clients or loved ones as they travel the road through a complex and confusing disease process. This dynamic course is designed for caregivers in a variety of settings. You may be a member of the interdisciplinary team in a community care setting, or a family care provider. Caregivers at any level will benefit from this in-depth exploration of dementia and the scope of care required to treat this disease.
Home Inspection - Air ConditioningPart-time, Distance, Online
These complicated mechanical systems are broken down into simple components. The course starts with basic principles of operation and builds an understanding of the more complicated details of system operation. Considerable detail is provided on how these systems fail. Upon completion, the learner is able to test and inspect air conditioning and heat pump systems as a professional home inspector.
Home Inspection - Communication & Professional PracticePart-time, Distance, Online
This non-technical course focuses on home inspection as both a process and a  business. There are discussions about how home inspections are arranged and how to conduct an inspection. We address such issues as communicating your findings to clients verbally and in writing. There is excellent instruction on writing professional technical reports, and sample checklists are included.
Home Inspection - ElectricalPart-time, Distance, Online
This course is designed for people who do not have a professional background as electricians. It begins with a description of electricity in a house and develops an understanding of the basics of the electrical system. The course moves on to address how  electricity is brought into the house and distributed safely to its end-use points, including switches, lights, and receptacles. The learning objective is to provide the learner with the skills necessary to assess the electrical component of a home in a professional home inspection.
Home Inspection - ExteriorPart-time, Distance, Online
This course begins with an illustrated description of architectural styles. Descriptions of wall systems, windows, and doors are included, along with a discussion about how to inspect and identify problems in these areas. Exterior structures and landscaping features are also addressed.
Home Inspection - Heating IPart-time, Distance, Online
This course provides an introduction to residential heating systems, starting with a description of fuels and then focusing on furnaces and boilers. Modern combination systems are also discussed. Detailed instructions on operational tests, common failure modes, and life expectancies of various systems are included.
Home Inspection - Heating IIPart-time, Distance, Online
The heating discussion is continued with coverage of chimneys, wood heating, fireplaces, steam heating, electric heating systems, and space heaters. The information is presented using clear diagrams that illustrate the make-up and functioning of these heating methods. Again, this course concentrates on inspection strategies, test procedures, and problem identification.
Home Inspection - Insulation & InteriorPart-time, Distance, Online
This course focuses on two different parts of the home. The first section addresses home insulation and ventilation systems. Modern building standards are explained along with the principles of heat transfer. The section on interiors addresses floor, wall, and ceiling finishes as well as stairs, windows, doors, and wet basements. How things are built, what goes wrong and why it matters are all addressed.
Home Inspection - PlumbingPart-time, Distance, Online
The plumbing course is broken into four segments: supply piping, water heaters, waste piping, and plumbing fixtures. Basic but essential information on the physics of water is presented in clear, accessible terms at the beginning of the course. Instruction on how systems work and common failure modes is provided. Clear, informative illustrations enhance the learning experience.
Home Inspection - RoofingPart-time, Distance, Online
This course describes both sloped and flat roof construction. Detailed descriptions of materials and rich illustrations help to explain flashing details and the intersections that are often problems on roofs. Roof problems, causes, and implications are identified for all of the common roofing materials. Included are sections on how to inspect roofs and what to watch for with various roofing materials.
Home Inspection - StructurePart-time, Distance, Online
All the structural elements of a building from the footings and foundations to the floor, wall, and roof assemblies are addressed in detail. Elements of good construction are explained and illustrated, along with common failure modes and how to identify them.
Lean Green Belt OnlinePart-time, Online
This program provides students with an understanding of the theory and effective application of "Lean" concepts, tools, and practices to enable positive change. Students are required to target an area within their organization and leverage their learning to initiate, implement, and sustain quantitative and/or qualitative improvements through a workplace project. There is no prerequisite for this course. Students should consider their own learning styles and study habits when choosing online training.
Lean Yellow BeltPart-time
This workshop provides students with an overview of the basic principles of "Lean thinking" and outlines the essential Lean tools and practices that can be applied within an organization to increase product/service efficiency and quality, improve satisfaction, and reduce waste. It aims to create not only Lean awareness, but also an understanding of the benefits that can be achieved by following Lean best practice and developing a basic proficiency in using key Lean tools and practices.
Students will develop language knowledge and language teaching skills that will prepare them to evaluate teaching materials and to design lesson plans related to building pronunciation, lexical, grammar, discourse, and intercultural skills.
Math Refresher for Medication AdministrationDistance, Online
Enhance your skills with this comprehensive review of basic mathematical calculations. Discuss the use of basic math calculations for medication administration, and review the formula for medication administration.
Mental Health Nursing for LPNsOnline
Examine care based on best-evidence related to clients and their families as they adjust to changes in functioning associated with mental health issues and related treatments. Build upon previous knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of mental health clients and their families. This course places the learner in a two-day observation experience within a mental health environment.
Minute Taking for ProfessionalsPart-time
Minutes are a vital method of recording information and capturing thoughts and ideas. This course will go over the basic elements of minute taking and help participants understand their role as a minute taker. You will learn how to listen to discussions objectively and take concise, accurate minutes as well as extract relevant information and present it in a useful format. You will also learn basic meeting preparation and logistics including how to prepare an agenda.
MS Office Excel Level 1Part-time
Increase your productivity by learning to work with spreadsheets and how to use them as business planning tools. Competently design, organize, edit & format worksheets. Take advantage of common shortcuts and tips and create formulas (statistical, financial, logical and database) for a variety of business applications. Learn to customize toolbars, use drawing tools to add graphics and objects and use headers and footers.
MS Office Word Level 1Part-time
Learn to create, format and edit a variety of professional business documents. Increase your proficiency and competency by learning general word processing terms and concepts. Learn to use various features such as character, paragraph and page formatting, headers and footers, spell and grammar check, find and replace, and page numbering.
Nasogastric Tube InsertionOnline
Acquire the knowledge and skills to safely insert, maintain, and remove a nasogastric tube. As well as the use of nasogastric tubes for oral medication administration and tube feedings, you will learn nursing assessments and the roles and responsibilities of the LPN in relation to nasogastric intubation.
Reflecting on Teaching and LearningOnline
This course provides an overview of aspects affecting language learning, such as sociocultural and affective factors and class size. Students will learn about effective classroom management and will explore ethical and professional issues and controversies in teaching English as a second language (ESL). They will draw upon the theories and methodologies of language teaching and learning to identify reflective tools and create a personal plan for ongoing professional development.
Teaching in Specific ContextsOnline
Participants will be introduced to a variety of ESL contexts such as multi-level classes, large classes, LINC, English for specific purposes, and English in the workplace. They will learn to consider learners' needs and goals, and identify potential challenges related to these teaching contexts. Students will acquire the skills to adapt curriculum, resources, materials, methodology, and technology strategies for various contexts and literacy learners.
TESL 1 Practicum
Participants will complete 10 hours of adult ESL classroom observation that will include keeping a reflective journal and assisting the class instructor as requested. During the observation, they will apply theory and concepts practised in TESL courses to describe such elements as the learner, the environment, and classroom management strategies. Participants will also develop lesson plans and teach for 10 hours. They will collaborate with the sponsor teacher and receive feedback identifying their strengths and areas for growth, and will develop a teaching portfolio.
Theory of Teaching and LearningOnline
This course provides an overview of the most influential theories of language learning and approaches to language teaching, with an emphasis on communicative language, including Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) methodology and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standards. Concepts related to learning styles, principles of adult learning, appropriate materials choice, and assessments are integrated into basic principles of lesson and unit planning.
Urinary Catheterization and Bladder IrrigationOnline
This course is designed to provide the LPN with the knowledge and skills required to safely insert, maintain and remove a urinary catheter as well as to safely care for a client requiring intermittent or continuous bladder irrigations. This course will also introduce the LPN to basic knowledge on caring for suprapubic catheters and the care of the catheter site of a client with peritoneal dialysis.