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Human Services Professional Development Advanced Certificate

Location(s): Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St John, Tumbler Ridge, Online


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The Advanced Certificate in Human Services Professional Development provides individuals with an opportunity to engage in increased education and career growth. Based on their interests and professional goals, students may choose among a wide variety of courses, all of which are available online. Part-time or full-time study is an option. In consultation with an applicable regulatory body, courses may also be used to meet provincial regulatory requirements.

Career Prospects


Ongoing professional development may diversify career opportunities while also meeting certification requirements. For example, Northern Lights College Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care graduates may complete an additional practicum course (ECED 208  or ECED 210 ) as ongoing professional development in order to enhance BC ECE Registry certification.

Details


Intakes


Campus Starting Type
Chetwynd Fall Full-Time Part-Time  
Winter Full-Time Part-Time  
Spring Full-Time Part-Time  
Dawson Creek Fall Full-Time Part-Time  
Winter Full-Time Part-Time  
Spring Full-Time Part-Time  
Fort Nelson Fall Full-Time Part-Time  
Winter Full-Time Part-Time  
Spring Full-time or Part-time Extended
Fort St John Fall Full-Time Part-Time  
Winter Full-Time Part-Time  
Spring Full-Time Part-Time  
Tumbler Ridge Fall Full-Time Part-Time  
Winter Full-Time Part-Time  
Spring Full-Time Part-Time  
Online Fall Full-Time Part-Time  
Winter Full-Time Part-Time  
Spring Full-Time Part-Time  

Length


30 credits (450 hours), minimum.

This is a one year program taken over two to three semesters with minimum of 15 credits per semester.  Part-time studies will take longer.

Estimated Program Fees


Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.
Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Total
Year 1 $ 3,581.40 $ 149.76 $ 0.00 $ 3,731.16

International Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
International
Medical Insurance
Total
Year 1 $ 11,580.00 $ 149.76 $ 0.00 $ 828.00 $ 12,557.76

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Admission Requirements


Credential-based Admission

Complete all of:

  • Copy of a government-issued photo ID with full legal name
  • Completion of a certificate, diploma, or degree in a human services, education, or health care field from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • A clearance letter from the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP), for a Schedule “B” Criminal Record Check (CRC), WORKS WITH Children or WORKS WITH Children and Vulnerable Adults.  For information and regulations, see Criminal Records Checks .

Experience-based Admission

Applicants must be a minimum 19 years of age on the first day of classes; and

Complete all of:

  • English Requirement
    • English Studies 12 with a C grade or higher
    • English First Peoples 12 with a C grade or higher
    • English 12 with a C grade or higher
    • English Literature 12  with a C grade or higher
    • ENGL 050  with a C grade or higher
    • ENGL 099  with a C grade or higher
    • Any university-level English course with a C grade or higher
    • NLC Writing Assessment with placement at the college level (100)
  • Copy of a government-issued photo ID with full legal name
  • Comprehensive letter1
  • Two letters of reference2
  • A clearance letter from the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP), for a Schedule “B” Criminal Record Check (CRC), WORKS WITH children or WORKS WITH children and vulnerable adults.  Please see Criminal Records Checks  for more information pertaining to Criminal Record Checks.

 

1 The comprehensive letter must state the applicant’s experience, interest, and goals. Information on experience must show a minimum of three years in human services, education, and/or health care settings (e.g., K-12, early care and learning, community services, Indigenous services, and/or residential care). Such experience may include working with a child who has diverse abilities and who has been involved in a variety of supportive care models.
2 The letters of reference must address professional experience.

Post-Admission Requirements


All students must provide current assurance of good health from a physician prior to enrolling in ECED 208 or ECED 210.

Important Notes


  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.

  2. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.

  3. This program is affiliated with Collège Éducacentre for delivery to French-speaking students.

Program Requirements


Residency Requirement
80% of all courses must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements
2.00 Grade Point Average (GPA); passing grade in all courses

Notes


  • As approved by a program Chair, students may receive credit for a maximum of two relevant undergraduate courses that do not appear in the list above, including courses transferred from other institutions. Each course must comprise a minimum of three credits.
  • Students wishing to transfer courses to other post-secondary institutions or to apply courses to regulatory requirements should contact the appropriate external advisor in addition to consulting an NLC program Chair.

Credential


Advanced Certificate in Human Services Professional Development

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