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.

Intercultural Communication PractitionerOnlineThe 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.
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.
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.
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 PracticumDistance
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.