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Dual Credit

Provincial Dual Credit Strategy

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) offers dual crediting which creates opportunities for Grade 11 and 12 students to earn credits that count toward both a high school diploma and a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, including a journeyman certificate. Dual crediting also provides opportunities for post-secondary course exemption and workplace certification. For more information, visit Alberta Education's Provincial Dual Credit Strategy website.

The Dual Credit Strategy helps students:

  • get a start on their post-secondary education while still in high school.
  • complete high school while engaging in meaningful curriculum.
  • transition to post-secondary studies or move into the world of work.
  • potentially complete post-secondary with less financial debt.

What does it cost? 

PWPSD supports students, in partnership with post-secondary institutions, in the enrolment and completion of their post-secondary courses. 

  • Tuition: The school district covers the student tuition portion of the post-secondary program. 
  • Fees: Students are responsible for learning resource fees (LRF*) and a $300 Caution Fee.
  • Reimbursement of Caution Fee: Upon successful completion of the course / program, the $300 Caution Fee is reimbursed.

*LRF fees subject to change based on post-secondary rates.

Is Dual Credit programming right for me?

Students and parents must consider whether Dual Credit programming is the right fit. Post-secondary courses have increased expectations and timelines that students will need to manage alongside their regular high school programming. Many courses incorporate online programming. Students will be responsible for attending virtual or on-site sessions and meeting post-secondary timelines and expectations. Additionally, completing post-secondary course/programs through Dual Credit may affect first-year post-secondary awards, bursaries, scholarships and athletic standing. If you are concerned about this potential impact, please discuss with your school counselor or the post-secondary institution.

Education Partners and Programs

PWPSD partners with post-secondary institutions to provide a range of opportunities.

Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP) Dual Credit webpage

  • NWP offers individual courses. 
  • Application forms are available at NWP.
  • NWP charges a one-time non-refundable application fee of $70, payable to NWP.
  • $300 Caution Fee, payable to PWPSD.
  • Students attend courses on campus (OC) at NWP or online (OL).

Above: Darlene Horseman, Cree Language Instructor at NWP, introduces Cree to Peace Wapiti Academy students.

​Courses: ​Pre/Co Requisites: ​Delivery:
​PY1040:  Basic Psychological Processes ​Eng 30-1 in progress/complete ​OC
​BA1010: Business Communications I ​English 20-1 or English 20-2 (>80%) ​OC & OL
​MA1130:  Elementary Calculus I ​Math 30-1 or equivalent​ ​OC
BA1090: ​Introduction to Accounting ​Math 20-1 or 20-2 (>60%) English 30-1/30-2 in progress/ complete ​OC & OL
BA1150: ​Introduction to Computers in Business ​English 20-1 or English 20-2 ​OC & OL
​NT1521:  Introduction to Cree I ​Eng 30-1 or 30-2 in progress/complete ​OC
BA1090: ​Introduction to Marketing ​English 30-1/30-2 completed by end of academic year ​OC & OL
​BA1380: Organizational Behaviour I ​English 30-1 or 30-2 (in progress/ complete) ​OC & OL
​PY1050:  Social and Individual Behavior ​PY1040 ​OC
EP3020: Learning and Development in Childhood None OL

* Students are responsible for cost of any course textbooks or materials.

Course & Program Availability
Refer to the NWP Dual Credit webpage to determine course schedules and availability:

For deadlines and additional information, talk to your high school counselor.

Northern Lakes College (NLC) Dual Credit webpage

  • NLC offers individual courses leading to full programs.
  • Application forms are available online.
  • $300 Caution Fee, payable to PWPSD
  • Students attend courses online, with some programs including on-site lab components.
  • Individual program descriptions are available on the NLC Dual Credit webpage: 

Above: Educational Assistants work collaboratively with teachers to provide instructional support to students and help with non-instructional tasks. The Educational Assistant Dual Credit Program is one of a number of programs offered to PWPSD students through a partnership with Northern Lakes College.  

Courses: ​Pre/Co Requisites:
​An Introduction to Society ​CO: English 30-1 or English 30-2.
​Canadian Politics: Institutions & Issues ​CO: English 30-1 or English 30-2.
​Health Education: Personal Wellness & Health ​CO: English 30-1 or English 30-2.
Interpersonal Communications for the Helping Profession ​CO: English 30-1 (60%)  or English 30-2 (70%).
​Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ​CO: English 30-1 or English 30-2.
​Introduction to Educational Computer Applications ​CO: English 30-1 (60%) or English 30-2 (70%).
​Introduction to English Language & Literature ​PRE: English 30-1 (60%) or English 30-2 (70%).
​Introduction to Statistics ​PRE: Math 30-1 or Math 30-2.
​Programs: ​Pre/Co Requisites:
​Educational Assistant (2 years)
English 10-1 (60%) or 10-2 (70%) and credit in Math 10C/10-3 to begin.  Some year 2 courses require Eng 30-1 (60%) or 30-2 (70%).
Health Care Aide (1.25 years) ​English 10-2 and Math 10-3 or higher.
​Introduction to Surveying (1 year) ​English 10-2, Math 20-2 or higher, HCS3000 & HCS3010
​Power Engineering 4th Class (2 years) ​Math 10C and English 20-2 (currently enrolled).

Course & Program Availability
Refer to the NLC Dual Credit webpage to determine course schedules and availability: 

For deadlines and additional information, talk to your high school counselor.