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Dual Credit program

Are you a Grade 12 high school student? Did you know you can take programs and courses that earn you credit toward both high school graduation and post-secondary credentials?

What is Dual Credit?

With Dual Credit you can experience post-secondary school while you’re still in high school. Learn a professional skill that you can build upon after graduating. Take academic courses that count towards your first year of university.

What are the benefits of Dual Credit?

  • All academic courses are transferable to most universities.
  • Save tuition on first year university courses. Tuition fees for VIU Dual Credit programs and courses are covered by School District 47 (SD47).
  •  Lighten your workload for first year of university.
  •  Experience post-secondary life without leaving town, and learn what to expect as a post-secondary student.
  • Take advantage of small, interactive classes and personalized help and support from teachers who care deeply about your success.
  •  Jumpstart your professional career in Automotive or Carpentry and lay the foundation for an apprenticeship following graduation.
  •  Gain confidence in your ability to succeed beyond high school.

What you can take as Dual Credit

Trades programs

  • Automotive Service Technician - Foundation Level 1
  • Carpentry - Foundation Level 1

Health Sciences and Human Services programs

  • Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)
  • Education Assistant and Community Support (EACS)
  • Health Care Assistant (HCA)

Academic courses

Academic courses that can be taken as Dual Credit change year to year but will always include a combination of:

  • English 115
  • English 125
  • Psychology 121
  • Psychology 122
  • Indigenous Studies 103
  • Indigenous Studies 104
  • Sociology 112
  • Global Studies 100

How to register in five easy steps

Step one

If you are an SD47 high school student, talk to your parents and explore the available programs and courses. We recommend you also meet with Tanya Larkin, Vice Principal at Brooks Secondary School

Step two

Attend the Dual Credit information night at Brooks Secondary School. Learn about the latest program and course offerings, and meet VIU instructors and our Student Support Services team. This event takes place every year in late February or early March.

Step three

Complete a registration form. Dual Credit registration forms are available at Brooks Secondary School. Submit the completed form to the main office at Brooks marked to the attention of Tanya Larkin.

Step four 

If you are applying for a Dual Credit Trades program, complete the entrance exam which is a math-based assessment that takes place at Brooks Secondary in April. Please refer to the program study guide or connect with Tanya Larkin for more information.

Automotive Service Technician study guide

Carpentry – Foundation Level I study guide

Once you have met the criteria for the program you want to take, a VIU program instructor will contact you.

Step 5

Wait for your program acceptance letter to arrive in June and get excited about starting your post-secondary journey with VIU!


Contact VIU tiwšɛmawtxʷ Student Support Services.

Email or call 604.485.8041