2023 Courses

We offer a wide variety of courses in Business and Health to pique your interest or extend your professional learning. 

Thank you for your interest in our Computer programs. At this time, we are redesigning our curriculum, and enhancing your learning experience with new partnerships and software!

Standard First Aid Red Cross (16 hours)

Course ID: QSTF 001

This is a comprehensive sixteen-hour course that includes primary survey, critical intervention, airway management, and life support of infants, children, and adults. Learn how to handle emergencies including internal and external bleeding; shock; head, neck, and back injuries; fractures; and chest and abdominal injuries. Discuss injuries related to exposure to heat and cold and medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a three-year certificate that includes CPR Level C. Minimum age: 16 years.   $179 + GST

Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses

Prerequisite for the Practical Nursing Diploma at VIU

An overview of the structure and function of the human body. This includes health promotion strategies. Topics include the disease transmission process and medical terminology related to normal human anatomy and physiology.

Prerequisite: none
Textbook: Language of Medicine

Dates: May 8 - August 13, 2023
Delivery: Online
Schedule: Asynchronous online
Instructor: Nathan Jeffrey
Course Code and Section: HHPN 001 I23W70
Register for Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses

Fee: $415

Cancellation Policy - please note that there is no refund for withdrawing from the course within 7 days of the start date. Please see our Professional Development and Training refund policy.

Basic Rescuer: CPR Level C (8 Hours)

Course ID: QCPR 001

The course covers skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies (CPR Level C)

Safety Awareness and First Aid for Childhood Emergencies (8 hours)

Course ID: QFAC 001

Basic one-day course designed to introduce caregivers to injury prevention skills and knowledge. Course covers lifesaving first aid skills and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR and AED) for children, and babies. Course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial early childhood education and day care worker safety requirements.

Emergency First Aid with CPR Level C (8 hours)

Course ID: QEFA 001

This course provides simple First Aid & CPR techniques taught in an interactive environment for individuals who want an overview of First Aid and CPR for home or the workplace. The course covers skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies (CPR Level C) and other topics such as choking, airway and breathing emergencies and prevention of disease transmission. Certificate is valid for 3 years.

Please contact the Program Assistant by email at PDTCowichan@viu.ca for further information.

Landscape Pesticide Applicators Course

Course ID: HGPA 001

Manage insects, diseases and weeds of gardens, ornamental plantings and turf (for anyone applying pesticides on public land and for applicators providing pest management services to clients on private land). Landscapers who grow their own ornamental only need to be certified in the Landscape - General category. They do not need to have an Agricultural - General certificate also.

Required Texts – Please complete Pesticide Applicators Course form. Please note there are 2 texts requires for this Landscape Pesticide Applicators text. Students are required to order and pay for their own texts prior to class. They can take up to 2 weeks to come in the mail.

Master Gardener Part-time Non-credit Certificate Program

Course ID: AMMG 023 

Designed for the experienced home gardener, this is an intensive training program providing up-to-date information on all gardening basics. Through this program you will be able to:

  • Meet other gardeners in an atmosphere of sharing and exploration
  • Fill gaps in your gardening knowledge
  • Provide satisfying solutions to future gardening problems
  • Know where to find the answers to new challenges
  • Give back to your community and share your joy of gardening.

The program consists of 78 hours of classroom training, followed by 65 hours of volunteer service. The classroom training component is delivered on Tuesdays and Saturdays in a workshop format (12 weeks). The program will take place in a hybrid delivery model with coursework being available online and in person. 

For more information about the program please contact 250.746.3575 or PDTCowichan@viu.ca

Building Service Worker

Course ID:  SWBW 051 

This intensive full-time 28 hour, non-credit certificate program provides training in practical skills and cleaning procedures required in a variety of settings. The training reflects performance and knowledge standards required in the industry, and emphasizes practical application of skills. Now including an anti-viral cleaning module!

VIU Student cleaning a building

Registration now open:

April 22 - 23 and April 29 - 30

Cowichan Campus: 4 days in-class (2 weekends), 8am-4pm 

$469 + GST, fees include $16 manual

Register for Building Service Worker 

September 9 - 10 and September 16 - 17

Nanaimo Campus: 4 days in-class (2 weekends), 8am-4pm

$469 + GST, fees include $16 manual

Registration will open in May 2023

Please email PDTCowichan@viu.ca for questions