CE Course Description

Community Education and Training

AIRB 100 I22R01 - Air Brakes

This course is designed to prepare students for the on-highway air brake endorsement (Code 15). It is also required if you want to drive an RV, small truck, or bus with air brakes. The primary purpose of the course is to build, demonstrate, and test a modern air brake system, giving students an interactive experience and clear understanding of how the system works with the audio and visual aid of a fully-functional air brake board. You will learn the benefits and safety measures air brakes provide for heavy vehicles. This course includes eight (8) hours of theory, four (4) hours of practical training, and a pre-trip vehicle inspection. Prerequisite: A valid BC driver’s license (minimum "N"). If you want to pre-read, you should pick up the "Driving Commercial Vehicles" Manual from any ICBC or local driver's license office and skim chapters 8 and 9.

Please note:

  • Successful participants will be required to pass a written exam, taken at the driver’s licensing office, and qualify on the practical Air Brake Pre-Trip exam, conducted on site on the last day of the course.
  • The ICBC exam must be written within 90 days of course completion, resulting in Air-Brake Endorsement on your current class of license. 
  • The ICBC exam fee is not included in the price of the course.

 Instructor: 1st Class Driving School

2 sessions. Fri and Sat, Apr 8 and 9

Fri, Apr 8; 6–10 pm

Sat, Apr 9; 8 am–4 pm

$490 + GST

QFOO 001 S22R01 - FoodSafe Level 1

This course is a must for kitchen staff and dining room attendants but worthwhile for anyone who handles food. You will learn about illnesses, personal hygiene and health, serving food, food protection and preparation, receiving and storing food safely, and ware washing and storage methods. Students must attend all class hours.

Textbook and certificate are included in the cost of tuition. Certificate issued by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Instructor: Michael Nguyen

1 session

Sat, March 5; 9 am–4 pm

$99 + $30 lab fee

Pre-registration required by:  Wed, Feb 23, 2022

DWDP 001 S22R01 - Dealing with Difficult People: Customers and/or Co-workers NEW

Communicating with others, and serving their needs as well as your own, isn’t always easy. If the other person gets upset, it can be very hard to stay calm and work for a successful outcome. Three conversation types can be especially stressful: (1) “I have bad news for you”; (2) “What’s going on here?”; and (3) “You are attacking me!” These quickly bring out anger, conflict, and bad outcomes. This course will help you learn to remain calm, deliver clear and accurate messages that do not provoke, build mutual understanding, and achieve positive outcomes. The focus will be both on successfully serving your customers and working with your coworkers, subordinates, and even bosses. You will learn about cross-cultural differences in communicating to help you successfully handle cultural and other diversity.

This course teaches a variety of communication techniques proven to manage conversations and disarm conflicts. It consists of six sessions:

  1. Identifying your problems and issues; matching your goals with the course; introduction.
  2. Self-knowledge; communication that blocks understanding and creates conflict.
  3. Self-knowledge; observing without evaluating to achieve clarity and reduce conflict.
  4. Techniques that calm while achieving clarity and neutrality by acknowledging the other.
  5. Handling diversity; cross-cultural communications differences.
  6. Applying these techniques to coworkers, subordinates, and bosses (as needed).

The course will be taught using lecturettes, class discussions, and small group experiential exercises. Participants will receive summary notes for each class, approximately five pages per class. The first class is three hours; the remaining five are two hours each. No text is required, but books will be recommended for those interested in them.

The instructor Neil R. Abramson, PhD, is a retired business professor from Simon Fraser University. Prior to academia, he was a salesman (insurance, advertising, training and development) and an entrepreneur/partner in three businesses (advertising, games, consulting) in Saskatchewan.

Instructor: Neil R. Abramson

6 sessions

Wed, Mar 30 – May 4

IMPORTANT: the first session on Wed, Mar 30 will be from 5 – 8 pm

Remaining five sessions from Wed, Apr 6 – May 4; 6 – 8 pm

$195 + GST

BECL 003 S22R01 - BEC (Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification System) – Putting Plants to Work

The BEC system can be thought of as an opportunity for learning about local plants that are selected as indicators for soil moisture, soil nutrition, and local or site climate values that are important for assessing plant health and well-being. More than 300 plants form the basis of this experience. BEC applications can include forestry, landscape rehabilitation (often referred to as soil bio-engineering), and employing natural plant systems.

This course has been modified taking into account participants’ suggestions. It is intended for those interested in knowing how to effectively manage and care for their own property or the local terrain. It will focus on three coastal BEC zones (Coastal Douglas moist maritime, Coastal Western Hemlock very dry, and CWH dry maritime), which are the zones in our local area. NOTE: Classes will be structured around hands-on outdoor activities, so make sure that you bring hiking boots and all-weather clothing. It also includes real applications to real problems drawn from student examples or local occurrences. BEC-identified local plants will be used in all instances.

Stephen M. Drosdovech, a Forest Professional and BEC Specialist, has worked with other forest scientists to develop BEC applications, including during his time at BCIT. Later in his work as a consultant, he became known and valued by the local forestry community. BEC applications were a major aspect of his forest practice on the Sunshine Coast, southern Vancouver Island, and many of the Gulf Islands including Texada. Before his retirement, Stephen worked as a teaching assistant in the Forest Resources Technology Department at BCIT, was employed by Tla’amin First Nation as their Capacity-Building Manager to develop employment initiatives and training, and conducted a number of Bio-Engineering projects for Fisheries and Oceans Canada to re-vegetate local stream riparian areas for shade protection of critical habitat.

Additional Expenses: Please note that the instructor highly recommends that you buy (not only for this class but also as a future reference) the book Plants of Coastal British Columbia: Including Washington, Oregon & Alaska by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon, Lone Pine Publishing. It can be purchased from an online book store such as Chapters Indigo or Amazon. List price $29 - $35 (price may vary by retailer). If you buy it, please bring it with you.

Instructor: Stephen Drosdovech

4 sessions  

Tue, Mar 1 – Apr 5; 4:30–6:30 pm (no class Mar 15 & 22)

$125 + GST

Seats are limited

PCYO 001 S22R01 - Community Yoga

Our community yoga program welcomes people of all ages and experience levels to come together to practice. Each class will be a gentle Hatha style focusing on body awareness and movement matched with the breath. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

NOTE: Please bring a water bottle, a small blanket or towel and a yoga mat if you already have one, and try to arrive 10 minutes early to set up.

VIU – Powell River would like to thank Jessica Long as she is volunteering her hours in order for us to offer this course for free.

Instructor: Jessica Long

8 sessions  

Mon, Jan 31 – Mar 28; 10:30–11:30 am (no class Feb 21)

FREE. Please pre-register

IMPORTANT: Please cancel your registration if you are no longer able to attend as the class is likely to get to capacity.

ACRY 003 S22R01  - Tools and Techniques of Acrylic Painting

Acrylic paint is an incredibly versatile medium with a wide variety of applications. This course is for those who wish to develop or improve their understanding of acrylic techniques whether in representational or more expressive styles. After discussing a variety of materials and their many uses, we will progress to painting exercises leading students on to their own paintings. Examples of the instructor's art and the work of other painters will be discussed. This is a hands-on, technique-driven exploration of the painting process by a teacher who can explain and demonstrate tight, controlled rendering as well as a broader, more painterly, approach. All subject matters are welcome but painters of the landscape will find this class particularly invaluable. Some painting experience is an asset. Please bring samples of your work/influences.

NOTE: Materials list will be available at registration         

Instructor: Rick Cepella

8 sessions

Wed, Jan 26 – Mar 16; 5:30–8:30 pm

$270 + GST

CCPG 001 S22R01 - Conscious Co-Creation Praxis Group NEW

Wisdom traditions around the world point to the power of gathering with others to attend to what is seeking to emerge. MIT’s Otto Scharmer and many other thought leaders are leveraging the potency of practices that temporarily suspend judgments, assumptions, and conditioned ways of thinking to allow for more “presencing” – openness to what is emerging in this very moment. At this time when all our human systems need radical upgrading, we need to source from a different (deeper) place lest we unwittingly recreate more of what we already have. Each session will focus on a different participant’s questions, challenges, or opportunities, using inner work processes such as meditation, guided visualization, guiding image, and systemic constellations. In effect, we will be a wisdom council for each in turn. Typically, everyone participating in a session gains insights or makes shifts in their own context; every session is a living demonstration that “giving and receiving are one.” Come grow your capacity for conscious co-creation – gain confidence in this old-new way of working and learn practices you can take forward into the organizations and systems you work in.

Instructor: Kate Sutherland

4 sessions

Thu, Mar 10 & 24, Apr 7 & 21; 6:30–8:30 pm (biweekly)

$150 + GST

QFLG 004 S22R01 - 1-day Traffic Control Person (TCP) Renewal

This approved 1-day training session is designed for all Traffic Control Persons in BC wishing to be re-certified and renew their Traffic Control Person card. As of January 1, 2019, the 1-day TCP Renewal course is required. Your record of completion is good for 3 years.

Renewal Eligibility

  • You are eligible to renew if you hold a valid TCP record of completion
  • You have 12 months after expiry to complete a TCP Renewal course; however, you cannot work as a TCP while your certificate is expired
  • You have a valid5-digitAuthorization Code
  • TCPs whose three-year record of completion is about to expire must successfully renew

Before you register for the 1-day TCP Renewal course you MUST obtain a valid 5-digitAuthorization Code. To obtain your Authorization Code, please follow the instructions below:

Authorization Code Instructions

 Start a new message in your phone's TEXT messaging app, then:

  1. Enter the phone# 604-229-5984 (Do not place a 1 in front of 604)
  2. Enter your 7-digit SN# (student number) only. Do not place any letters in the message field. If you do not know your SN#, contact BCCSA at 604-636-3675 or 1-877-860-3675
  3. Your code will be sent to you within 10 seconds
  4. If you have not received your 5-digit code in 10 seconds, re-read steps 1-2 and try again
  5. If you are still having issues, call the BCCSA at 604-636-3675 for assistance


  • Students must provide the valid 5-digit Authorization Code prior to course registration
  • Students may not be more than 10 minutes late on the day of instruction
  • Students must achieve 80% or higher on the written examination to requalify
  • Unsuccessful students will be required to take the course again, until the desired score is achieved
  • It recommended that students have a grade 10 reading and writing level, as well as a valid driver’s license. The instructor is unable to provide a verbal examination

Course Length

1 full day - 9 hours in length, (with half hour for lunch). Please note, classes smaller in size may end early, but this is not a guarantee. Students should plan for a full 9-hour day, and bring appropriate food and drink.

Instructor: Liz West

1 session

Wed, Mar 23; 8:30 am – 5:30 pm


Location: VIU – Powell River, Room #03 (100-7085 Nootka St)

QFLG 003 S22R01 - 2-day Traffic Control Person (TCP) 

Be an important part of a construction team by training as a Traffic Control Person (TCP) to WorkSafe BC standards. Get the basic knowledge and skills required to perform traffic control for construction, maintenance and utility work in BC. To date, this is the only approved TCP training course for all roads in BC. Bring 6-inch-high CSA-approved steel-toed boots and all-weather clothing. All other safety equipment, manuals and materials supplied. Certificate issued by BC Construction Safety Network.

Instructor: Liz West

2 sessions

Thu & Fri, Mar 24 & 25; 8 am–4 pm