Dawson Creek, British ColumbiaLOCATION
Estd 1975Established Year

Northern Lights College is a post-secondary community college. It was established in 1975. The medium of education is English language. It is located in Canada’s third-most populous province British Columbia, Dawson Creek.

Why choose Northern Lights College?

  • Its Aerospace program has a team of highly skilled instructors. It attracts students from all around the globe for its helicopter Type Training courses.
  • The Aerospace Center of Excellence consists of several helicopters including including a Robinson R44, MD500D, AS350D, Hughes 300C, Bell 205 and 206, and six fixed-wing airplanes, including a Cessna 180, Cessna 310, Piper Aztec 250, King Air B90, and British Aerospace JetStream 31.
  • Its Clean Energy Technology Centre of Excellence achieved LEED Platinum certification by Canada Green Building Council.
  • Its $12-million Jim Kassen Industry Training Centre, it trains the students to enter the oil and gas industry and also organizes several Trades and Apprenticeship programs

Key Features

  • Member of British Columbia Colleges, it has 11 colleges in Province of British Columbia.
  • Collaborations with industries and communities.
  • Services area receives about CAD 134.8 million in income through the annual activities of NLC.
  • Centre of Excellence in three key areas of training: Aerospace, Oil and Gas ad Clean Energy Technology.
  • Partnership with School Districts and Northern Opportunities, for Dual Credit programming.


Type of UniversityCommunity College
Academic (domestic)CAD 108.14/credit
Academic (international)CAD 295.05/credit
Test Scores AcceptedIELTS,CAAT
Number of campuses7
Total number of programs571

Campus and Residential Facilities

It has four campuses namely, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd.


  • It is located in Northwest corner of British Columbia.
  • It offers a wide range of highly interactive online courses, such as computer programming, computer courses etc.


  • It is approximately an hour west of Dawson Creek.
  • It offers programs for full-and part-time students, such as Trades and Apprenticeship, Workforce Training/Continuing Education etc.
  • Most of the programs have been designed for those who need to continue post-secondary education, and also for regional job market.
  • It also offers various facilities to its students such as Aboriginal Advisor services, computer/internet access, bookstore, recruiting, financial aid etc.

Dawson Creek Campus

Trade and apprenticeship DivisionOffers the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program
Type of degreesUniversity Arts and Sciences Certificate, Associate of Arts Degree, Post-secondary studies
Vocational ProgramsPractical Nursing, Health Care Assistant, Applied Business Technology, Visual Arts and Wind Turbine Maintenance
FacilitiesFinancial aid, on-site student residence, library, gymnasium, daycare facility, bookstore, financial aid and Aboriginal Education services

Dease Lake

Types of online-coursesSelf-paced and instructor-led courses
Field of certificate coursesAccounting and finance, business, college readiness, computer applications, healthcare and medical, personal development, teaching an education, and technology.
Online coursesCertificate in Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion, Certificate in Energy Medicine, Certificate in Healthy aging, Certificate in Gerontology etc.

Fort Nelson Campus

  • It is the third-largest campus,that offers various services and facilities to its students.
  • Its Workforce Training/Continuing Education department offers various safety and certification courses to its students, to work in oil and gas industries.
Types of programming coursesCareer and College Preparation, University Arts and Sciences, Applied Business Technology, and certain Trades and Apprenticeship programs
Mode of deliveryIn-class and videoconference
FacilitiesLibrary, bookstore, Aboriginal Advisor services, financial aid and computer /internet access.

Fort St. John Campus

  • It serves more than 1,800 students per year and the International Education department is situated in this campus
  • The Pomeroy Sports Centre is also situated here, housing two ice pads, indoor walking track and a speed skating oval.
Type of Trade and Apprenticeship programsCommercial Transport/Heavy Duty Technician, Electrician, Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic, Oil and Gas Field Operator, Automotive service Technician and Power Engineering and Gas Processing.
Vocational and diploma programsEducation Assistant, Business Management, Early Childhood Education and Care, Applied Business Technology and Social Services Worker.
Workforce Training/ Continuing EducationEmployment related course in safety, first aid, oil and gas, computer training and more
FacilitiesAboriginal Services Advisor, library, daycare, computer/Internet access, bookstore, financial aid, access services and access to city transit

Tumbler Ridge Campus

  • It offers various online courses that are led by expert instructors.
  • The campus offers Career and College Preparation courses, or Workforce Training/Continuing Education.
  • Workforce Training courses offered in Tumbler Ridge include CORE Hunter Safety, first aid, Bear Aware etc.

Housing Facilities/ Residence

It offers student residences at two of its campuses , namely Dawson Creek and Fort St. John

Dawson Creek Campus

  • Students can choose from 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom units.
  • Campus has a baseball field, a soccer field and a gymnasium.
  • To apply, send the completed application form at Northern Lights College, Student Services.
Number of wings2
Total occupancy190 students
Application feeCAD 100
Damage deposit feeCAD 200
Medical servicesHospital, medical clinic, general practitioners, medical specialists, complete dental services, physiotherapy, and chiropractic services
AmenitiesBed, small dresser, bookshelves, computer station, chair and connectivity to wifi, washer, dryers, fridge and microwaves

Fort St. John Residence

  • Students can choose from two or our bedroom units
  • Bedroom furnishings include a bed, small dresser, bookshelves, computer station, chair and connectivity to wifi.
  • Each unit has a kitchen with a table, fridge, stove, chairs and microwaves.
  • Each floor is equipped with a washer and dryer.
  • To apply, send the completed application form at Northern Lights College, Student Services.
Total occupancy120 students
Application feeCAD 100
Damage depositCAD 200
Medical servicesHospital, medical clinic, general practitioners, medical specialists, complete dental services, physiotherapy, and chiropractic services
AmenitiesBed, small dresser, bookshelves, computer station, chair and connectivity to wifi, washer, dryers, fridge and microwaves

Faculty and Divisions

  • It offers programs in Trades and Apprenticeships, University Arts and Sciences/ Academic, Business Management/Applied Business Technology, Workforce Training/Continuing Education, Teacher Training, Career and College Preparation/ Upgrading, Oil & Gas Training, Clean Energy Technologies - Wind Turbine Maintenance, Practical Nursing/Health Care Assistant and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.
  • It offers certificates, degrees and diplomas.
  • It is a Centre of Excellence for British Columbia for three key areas of training that are Oil and Gas, Clean Energy Technology and Aerospace.
  • Some of its most popular certificate course are Certificate in Food Nutrition and Health and Certificate in Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion

All you need to know about the Application Process


  • Transcripts of secondary and post-secondary education
  • IELTS score
  • Application to Write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT)
  • Application to Write the NLC Writing Assessment

How, when and where to apply?

Canadian citizens can apply either online or offline. Non- Canadian citizens can apply through contacting the International Education Department.

To apply online

  • Register for a course, by contacting the students services
  • Register for Workforce Training/Continuing course by telephone using Visa or Mastercard or by Debit or Cash in person at any Northern Lights College Campus.
  • Send the filled out “Authorization to Invoice” form along with “Registration Form” to either the fax or requested email address.

To How to Apply In Person

  • Print off the appropriate registration form
  • Submit the completed application form, transcripts of secondary and post-secondary education, and any other required information specified in the program’s Admission Prerequisites.
  • After receiving the Letter of Acceptance, pay the deposit fee at Student Services.

For non-Canadian citizens

  • The candidate may apply by emailing on

Application fee

DomesticCAD 25
InternationalCAD 100

Cost and Expenses

The tuition fee varies from course to course. Also, the cost of residency depends on room style, facilities and occupancy per unit.

Resident Application fee (NCL students)CAD 50
Resident application fee (Non-NCL students)CAD 100
Residence Long Term StayCAD 510- CAD 1105 per month ( depending on room type)
Residence Short-term Stay (20 nights or less)CAD 240 per week
Executive Suite Stay CAD 875 - CAD 570 per week ( depending on room type)
Tuition fees/credit (domestic)CAD 108.14
Tuition fees/credit (international)CAD 295.05
LibraryCAD 6.28 (Full-time) CAD 3.45 (Part-time)
FacilitiesCAD 24.53 (Full-time) CAD 13.49 (Part-time)

Fee for program type varies from program to program. Also, differs for domestic and international applicants.

Program Fee TypeDomesticInternational
AcademicCAD 108.14/creditCAD 295.05/credit
Career & College PrepCAD 4.70 /contact hourCAD 9.83 /contact hour
Trades/ApprenticeshipCAD 3.12 /contact hourCAD 9.17 /contact hour
Vocational/Career TechnicalCAD 3.12 /contact hourCAD 9.17 /contact hour
Job Education & TrainingCAD 1.49 /contact hourn/a
Practical Nursing DiplomaCAD 4.93 /contact hourCAD 19.67 /contact hour
English as a Second LanguageCAD 5.64 /contact hourCAD 13.75 /contact hour

It offers various student awards and grants. Some of them maybe particular to campuses.

Name of the Awards/GrantsCampus EligibilityApplication Date
Aboriginal Emergency Assistance FundAllContinuous
BC Hydro Trades & Skilled Training AwardAllDeadlines: March 31, June 30, August 31, November 30
Alaska Highway News AwardDawson CreekN/A
BC Oil and Gas Commission AwardFort St. JohnJanuary 25
Altagas Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician BursaryDawson CreekJanuary 25

The objectives of the Northern Lights College foundation are

  • To promote higher education and training
  • To assist in promotion of higher education
  • To act as a recipient of trust funds
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