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Northern Lakes College

Northern Lakes College

A distance learning college, Northern Lakes College provides the most accessible and flexible educational opportunities through innovative delivery. Utilizing its unique Supported Distance Learning (SDL) model, NLC assists 5,000 students annually to continue their education, improve their employment opportunities, and enhance their quality of life. Committed to its communities in northern Alberta and to its students, wherever they may be, NLC collaborates with business, industry, and other post-secondary institutions to benefit students and communities. Explore at



Office of the Registrar
Grouard Campus
64 Mission Street
Grouard, Alberta, T0G 1C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Only
Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements: Credit in English 30-1 or 60% in English 30-2 and Credit in Math 10 C or 10-3. Equivalent Math and English courses will also be considered.

Other Requirements:  Fluency in English Note: Applicants without the academic requirements will be considered if they; satisfactorily complete a Skills Appraisal Assessment or have completed a General Educational Development diploma or have met the provisional student requirements - applicants without the prerequisites may enroll in individual courses as unclassified if given department approval.

Pre-Program Considerations: Practicum agencies may require an up-to-date Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) and an Alberta Child and Youth Information Systems Check of students placed in their organizations. The inability to present clear checks means a student may not be able to complete the requirements of the program. Contact the Program Coordinator for further information. Students are required to sign and submit a Criminal Record Check Declaration of Understanding form prior to the first day of classes.

Distance Delivery Options

This program is delivered live and online with an instructor with support from a learning management software like Moodle. Students are expected to travel to a central campus for lab days once or twice a term.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the term start date. Applications received with less than four weeks from the term start date will be processed for the next available start date. Payment and course registration are required at least 10 business days prior to the term start date. Applicants are accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis. Applicants are advised to apply early, at least three months prior to the program start date, to allow time to complete application processes and arrangements for funding. Space is limited in some programs and applicants are accepted on a first qualified, first served basis.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $4,514.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,298.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $781.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

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 October 09, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

Educational program information is provided as an introduction and for general reference. For current information about programs and school requirements or policies, check the school calendar, visit their website or contact the school directly.
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