Community Education and Training

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The Powell River Campus of Vancouver Island University has a long-standing commitment to serving thousands of lifelong learners in our community each year.

The Community Education and Training program provides learning opportunities to meet your professional and personal interests, increase your knowledge and skills, enrich your life, and help you fulfill your personal goals.

Check out our wide variety of courses! Our evening, weekend, and day classes will help you fit learning easily into your schedule.

Course Offerings

Community Education and Training in Powell River will be offering our fall courses in-person. To see full list of courses, please click here.


Registration for the Fall session starts in early August, and for the Spring/Summer session in mid-December.

Registration is available online, in-person or by telephone.

Web Registration

Online registration is now available for all Community Education and Training courses starting August 2nd for the Fall 2022 courses! 

Through the web registration system you will be able to select courses, add them to your shopping cart and at check-out safely pay for your selected courses with a credit card. Click here for web registration. 

Telephone Registration

Should you wish to register via telephone, please phone 604-485-2878 to create or update your student record, and to register for your selected courses. After registering by telephone, you will need to make payment by logging in to your VIU Online Student Record or through your financial institution (personal online banking, on the phone, or in person).

In-person Registration

In-person registration payment method is limited to cheques. Cash, credit card or debit are not accepted. However, after registering in-person, you can also make payment by logging in to your VIU Online Student Record or through your financial institution (personal online banking, on the phone, or in person). 

Withdrawal Request and Refunds

Community Education and Training policy permits withdrawals and refunds only if the request is received at least 2 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Extenuating circumstances may be considered if the request is made later. Note that we are unable to issue refunds after this deadline; however, a full refund will be issued if a course is cancelled.

VIU's New 'Community Classroom' Website

The Communications and Public Engagement Office launched a website in 2020 called Community Classroom: It contains some fun educational videos and cool activities created by VIU Faculty, Staff and Students. Check it out and let us know what you think. Go to the Community Classroom.