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Indigenous Human Services Diploma


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Merritt

    Resources

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    City of Merritt
  • Length
    20 Courses (2 years; 4 terms)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $3,100 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1,200 - $2,000 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Diploma
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site

    Community-based

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

This program may be of special interest to Aboriginal students.

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out NVIT's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Term

Deadline

Fall (September)

July 31*

Spring (January)

November 30*


*Applications will be accepted after this date if there are seats available, but NVIT cannot guarantee applications will be processed in time for the start of the term.

  • Offers of admission will be made based on the order in which applications are completed and all required documents are received. For programs with high demand, applicants are encouraged to apply and provide all necessary documents as early as possible.
  • If you would like to be assessed for transfer credits and/or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits, please allow at least 8 weeks of processing time from the time the application is completed.

 

Application Fee: $0 (Free)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in brackets)

Option A: Year 1 Entry

1. One of:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Mature status (be at least 19 years old by the first day of class)

2. English

  • English Studies 12 (C+)
  • English First Peoples 12 (C+)
  • English 060
  • equivalent (course or assessment)

Option B: Year 2 Entry (for new applicants to Year Two of the Indigenous Human Service Diploma only)

1. One of:

  • Early Childhood Education Diploma
  • Social Service Certificate from another college or university
  • Other related certificates may be considered on an individual basis

2. At least a 2.67 (B-) GPA in the program of study noted above* 

Note(*): if your program of study was not taken at NVIT, you will need to submit official transcript and copy of the certificate issued.

3. 200 hours of experience (volunteer or paid) related to the human service filed

Non-academic/General Admission Requirements (for all applicants):

  • Be at least 19 years of age prior to the start of the program
  • Two letters of reference
  • Undergo a criminal record check for fieldwork purposes (after accepted to the program)

Admission Advice

1. Students who have successfully completed Year One of the NVIT Indigenous Human Services Diploma (with at least a 2.67 GPA) can continue on to Year-Two and do not need to apply for admission to Year-Two.

2. Admission to the Year-Two of the Indigenous Human Service Diploma is based on the availability of remaining seats in the program. Priority will be given to qualified students currently enrolled in Year-One of the NVIT Indigenous Human Service Diploma.

3. Other documentation requirements include the following:

  • official transcripts of previous secondary and post-secondary educational record
  • proof of citizenship or landed immigrant status required if applicant not born in Canada

4. All qualified applicants will have their program plan reviewed by a faculty advisor and/or an academic planner, who is able to provide advice regarding the selection of appropriate full and part-time options. 

5. If you need help meeting academic admission requirements, contact NVIT academic advisor to find out
about academic upgrading options.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy NVIT's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and communication at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT); therefore, all applicants must demonstrate fluency in English by fulfilling one of the following options:

  • Two years of full-time study, at the grade 8 level or higher, with English as the language of instruction. (Studies that are part of an English as a Second Language program cannot be used towards fulfilling this requirement.); or
  • Successful completion of BC English 11 (C+) or equivalent; or
  • Successful completion of a university transferable, post-secondary level English course (C); or
  • TOEFL (computer-based) = at least an overall score of 213 with an essay score of 4.0; or
  • TOEFL (paper-based) = at least an overall score of 550 with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0; or
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) = at least a score of 4 within the past two years; or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) = at least a score of 6.0 on each of the academic listening, reading, writing, and speaking modules of the exam. 
Verify directly with NVIT.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

General Institute Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements vary by program. Program-specific admission requirements for NVIT's programs are detailed in each program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Program Search Database. You may also refer to NVIT's Program Calendar to view admission requirements.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Although some programs and/or courses at NVIT do not require Grade 12 or equivalent, any of the following qualifications are generally accepted where Grade 12 or equivalent is listed as a requirement for admission:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • BC Adult Graduation Diploma
  • General Educational Development program and complete an assessment (subject to specific program admission and/or course prerequisites)
  • Mature students who have not graduated from a BC secondary school may be admitted to the College Readiness program, or desired program, upon completion of an assessment indicative of required English and Math requirements

An important part of the application process is to share your full educational history. Before making admission decisions, NVIT must receive official transcripts (an official record of your grades) from high school and/or other educational institutes you have attended.  An official transcript is one that is sealed and sent directly from the institution to NVIT.  Transcripts faxed directly from another institution to NVIT are acceptable.

BC High school transcripts can be requested from the high school, school district office, or using the StudentTranscript service.

Out-of-Province

Although some programs and/or courses at NVIT do not require Grade 12 or equivalent, any of the following qualifications are generally accepted where Grade 12 or equivalent is listed as a requirement for admission:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • BC Adult Graduation Diploma
  • General Educational Development program and complete an assessment (subject to specific program admission and/or course prerequisites)
  • Mature students who have not graduated from a BC secondary school may be admitted to the College Readiness program, or desired program, upon completion of an assessment indicative of required English and Math requirements

An important part of the application process is to share your full educational history. Before making admission decisions, NVIT must receive official transcripts (an official record of your grades) from high school and/or other educational institutes you have attended.  An official transcript is one that is sealed and sent directly from the institution to NVIT.  Transcripts faxed directly from another institution to NVIT are acceptable.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at NVIT. 

Use the BC Transfer Guide to check whether or not your course from another BC post-secondary institution is eligible for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with an Application for Transfer Credit form. A detailed course description/outline may also be required before credit can be evaluated. Please note that calendar descriptions do not provide enough information to determine equivalencies.

To fulfill residency requirements at NVIT, a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a credential must be completed at NVIT. As well, students wishing to complete a second credential at NVIT must complete additional courses equal to at least 50% of the total number of credits required for each additional credential.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at NVIT. 

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with an Application for Transfer Credit form. A detailed course description/outline may also be required before credit can be evaluated. Please note that calendar descriptions do not provide enough information to determine equivalencies.

To fulfill residency requirements at NVIT, a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a credential must be completed at NVIT. As well, students wishing to complete a second credential at NVIT must complete additional courses equal to at least 50% of the total number of credits required for each additional credential.

Mature Student

For admission purposes, a mature student is someone who is 19 years of age or older, and who has been out of school for at least one year.

Adults are encouraged to apply to specific programs even if they are unable to meet specified educational requirements, given that other factors such as maturity and work experience, may be considered in some programs. If you do not meet minimum educational requirements for a desired program, you may demonstrate these requirements through an assessment and/or upgrade by completing appropriate program admission requirements and course pre-requisites.

Verify information directly with NVIT. 

International Student

International applicants must follow the following steps:

  1. Submit official transcripts for all education completed at a grade/year 10 level and higher to the International Credential Evaluation Service for assessment. Please contact the International Credential Evaluation Service for more information regarding the evaluation process and associated fees.
  2. If English was not the language of instruction for the last three years of your education, you will also need an official TOEFL score including the TWE (or essay) portion with a minimum score of 270 (or 230 if the computer-based TOEFL taken) on the Listening, Structure/Writing, Reading portions and 5.0 on the essay portion.
  3. Once the above, as well as any program-specific admission requirements have been met, NVIT will provide a Full Offer of Admission. Learners must take this letter to the nearest Canadian Embassy or High Commission to apply for a Study Permit. When/if a study permit is issued, please forward a copy of that permit to NVIT and we will begin the registration process.

International students interested in attending NVIT should contact the Merritt or Vancouver Campus for information on admission procedures and program availability.

  • Merritt Campus - Phone: 1-250-378-3300
  • Vancouver Campus - Phone: 1-604-602-3422
  • info@nvit.bc.ca

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Any applicants who require special consideration (such as students with disabilities or international students) must begin the admissions process at least 4 months prior to the start date of classes.

 

How to Apply

For details on application process for admission to NVIT, please check here.

Related Occupations information is not available for this program.