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NorQuest College

NorQuest College

Education is your key to a better quality of life, benefitting not only you, but also the community in which you live and work. Empowered by education, you can broaden your knowledge, increase your job opportunities, and enhance your productivity and job satisfaction. As Alberta's largest community college, NorQuest College is proud to offer a strong selection of post-secondary diploma and certificate programs that lead to in-demand careers. Our career studies include health, human services, and business. We also offer foundational learning opportunities that include academic upgrading, adult literacy, employment readiness, and English as a second language education. At NorQuest, you will acquire the advanced skills required in increasingly complex workplaces. Our committed, supportive, and skilled faculty and staff will help you achieve your career and life goals. We want you to hit the ground running when you graduate so you can meet the immediate and long-term job needs of business and industry. We're proud that 95 per cent of our graduates find employment or continue their education.


Satellite Campuses or Offices

Drayton Valley, Stony Plain, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt


Office of the Registrar
10215 - 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5J1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements
  • Minimum of English Language Arts 10-1 (or provincial equivalent), or successful completion of NorQuest academic assessment.  NOTE: International documents for this program will not be accepted to meet the admission requirements. Applicants with international documents will be required to write the NorQuest academic assessment.
  • Must be currently employed as a front-line caregiver in a participating agency

English Language Proficiency
If English is your second language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency (ELP) prior to admission. ELP must have been completed within the two years prior to application to the program. Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following:

  • CLBA overall score of 7
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 71
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0, no section score below 5.5
  • CELPIP General overall score of 7, no section score below 6
  • CAEL overall score of 60
  • Completion of ESLS 7000/ESLS 7100 (or BHCA 1100 or equivalent) and ESLW 7000/ESLW 7100 (or BHCA 1101 or equivalent) with a minimum of 80%

Practicum Requirements
The following is not required for admission purposes, but will be required before you attend the practicum.

  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses
  • It's Your Move (XHLT 1070) certificate current within 1 year
  • Clear Police Information Check dated within 90 days of the collection date; must include vulnerable sector search if older than 18 years of age*
  • Up to date immunization record
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) Information & Privacy online learning module
  • HSP Net information sheet
  • N95 Mask Fit testing; current within 2 years

*Note: Internet (online) Police Information Checks are not accepted by the College. Please contact your local law enforcement agency directly to obtain an official Police Information Check. The existence of a criminal record may prevent clinical placement, program completion, and professional licensure and therefore may affect employment prospects. Prospective students who have a criminal record should discuss the matter with the Program Chair prior to applying for admission.

Distance Delivery Options

Part-time face to face delivery and online delivery

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated September 08, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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