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Dual Credit Opportunities


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Dual Credit programming allows Grade 11 or 12 students to earn both high school credits and credits that count towards a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, and or a journeyman certificate. 

Dual Credit helps students to:
  • get a start on their post-secondary education while still in high school.
  • complete high school while engaging in meaningful curriculum.
  • transition to post-secondary studies or move into the world of work.
  • potentially complete post-secondary with less financial debt.

Alberta Education Dual Credit Website

Is Dual Credit Programming Right for me?

Students and parents need to consider if Dual Credit programming is the right fit. Post-secondary courses have increased expectation and timelines that students will need to manage alongside their regular high school programming. 

Many of the courses incorporate on-line programming.  Students will be responsible for attending virtual or on-site sessions and meeting post-secondary timelines and expectations. 

In addition, the completion of post-secondary course/programs through Dual Credit has the possibility of affecting first year post-secondary awards, bursaries, scholarships, athletic standing, and experiencing limited transferability of some post-secondary programs. 

Students should always consult with their high school career counselor, or the post-secondary institution, as they make decisions about their high school and post-secondary programming.

See GPPSD Administrative Procedure 366 - Dual Credit for more information.


Program Costs

Grande Prairie Public School Division supports students, in partnership with post-secondary institutions, in the enrolment and completion of their post-secondary courses. 

  • Tuition: The school division covers the student tuition portion of the post-secondary program. 
  • Fees: Students are responsible for post-secondary learning resource fees (LRF*) and a $300 GPPSD Caution Fee. See Administrative Procedure 367 - Dual Credit Caution Fees
  • Each Institution will have a Technology fee and may have an application fee payable directly to the Institution.
  • Reimbursement of Caution Fee: Upon successful completion of the course / program, the $300 GPPSD Caution Fee is reimbursed.

*LRF fees subject to change based on post-secondary rates.


Northwestern Polytechnic:

Course Schedules and availability at: Dual Credit Program | Northwestern Polytechnic (

The Grande Prairie Public School Division is working with the Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP) to provide dual credit opportunities for students in a variety of areas.  
  • NWP offers individual courses. 
  • Application forms are available at NWP and from your high school career counsellor.
  • NWP charges a one-time non-refundable application fee and a technology fee payable to NWP.
  • $300 Caution Fee, payable to your GPPSD High School.
  • Students attend courses on-site at NWP (some courses may be offered online, please inquire with NWP directly).

GPPSD supports the following courses:

CourseDual Credit Course Code and CEUsPre/Co Requisites
PY1040:  Basic Psychological Processes​PSI3033 = 5CEUs​Eng 30-1 in progress/complete
PY1050:  Social and Individual Behavior​PSI3034 = 5CEUs​PY1040
OA2511:  Medical Terminology (online only)​PSI3013 = 5CEUsEng 20-1 or 20-2
NT1000:  Research & Writing in the Context of Indigenous & Settler Relations​PSI3031 = 5CEUs​Eng 30-1 or 30-2 in progress/complete
NT1521:  Introduction to Cree 1​PSI3032 = 5CEUs​Eng 30-1 or 30-2 in progress/complete
Foundations in Workplace Safety 
Available until 2020
​LDC3123  = 5CEUs​HCS3000 and HCS 3010
Minimum age: 16
​BA1110:  Introductory Financial AccountingPSI3071 = 5CEUsMath 20-1 or 20-2 (>60%) English 30-1/30-2 in progress/ complete
​BA1090:  Introduction to Marketing​PSI3164 = 5CEUsEnglish 30-1/30-2 completed by end of academic year
BA1010:  Business Communications​PSI3099 = 5CEUsEnglish 20-1 or English 20-2 (>80%)
​BA1380:  Organizational Behaviour​PSI3189 = 5CEUsEnglish 30-1 or 30-2 (in progress/ complete)
​EP3020:  Learning Development in Childhood
English 30-1 (in progress / complete)

* Students are responsible for cost of any LRF fees (course textbooks or materials).

Northern Lakes College:

Course Schedules and availability at:

The Grande Prairie Public School Division is working with Northern Lakes College (NLC) to provide dual credit opportunities for students in a variety of areas. 
  • NLC offers individual courses leading to full programs. 
  • Application forms are available online.
  • $300 Caution Fee, payable to your GPPSD High School
  • NLC Technology Fee will be charged directly to the student payable to NLC
  • Students attend courses online, with some programs including on-site lab components.
  • Individual program descriptions are available on the NLC Dual Credit webpage.

GPPSD supports the following courses:

ProgramPre/Co Requisites
Educational Assistant​English 10-1 (60%) or 10-2 (70%) and Math 10-C or Math 10-3  
English 30-1 (60%) or 30-2 (70%) to take COMM1000 and ENGL1000 
completed or be co-enrolled in English 30-1 or 30-2 to take COMP2100. 
Health Care Aide​English 20-2 (co enrolled or completed) 
Recommend English 30-2, Math 30-3, Science 30 or Biology 30 
Introduction to SurveyingEnglish 10-2 and Math 20-3 
Oilfield Operator Training Minimum of Math 20-3 and English 10-2
Power Engineering 4th ClassMath 10C (Completed) and English 20-2 (completed or co-enrolled)
Water and Wastewater OperatorHS Grade 11 or 12 with Math 10 (completed), English 10-1 or 10-2 (completed)

Single University Transfer Courses

CourseDual Credit Course Code and CEUsPre/Co Requisites
ENGL1000:  Introduction to English Language and Literature​PSI3082 = 5CEUs​Pre: English 30-1 (60%) or 
English 30-2 (70%)
COMP2100:  Introduction to Education Computer Applications​PSI3055 = 5CEUs​CO: English 30-1 (60%) or 
English 30-2 (70%)
COMM1000:  Interpersonal Communication for the Helping ProfessionPSI3054 = 5CEUs​CO: English 30-1 (60%) or 
English 30-2 (70%)
SOCI1000:  An Introduction to SocietyPSI3137 = 5CEUsCO:  English 30-1 or English 30-2
HEED1010:  Health Education:  Personal Health and Wellness​PSI3095 = 5CEUsCO:  English 30-1 or English 30-2
​POLS1010:  Canadian Politics:  Institutions and Issues​PSI3150 = 5CEUsCO:  English 30-1 or English 30-2
​STAT1410:  Introduction to Statistics​PSI3065 = 5CEUsPRE:  Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
​ANTH1000:  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology​PSI3068 = 5CEUsCO:  English 30-1 or English 30-2

CAREERS: the Next Generation

CAREERS: the Next Generation has partnered with GPPSD to offer the Water and Wastewater Operator, Oilfield Operator and Power Engineering programs in cooperation with our post-secondary partner, Northern Lakes College. CAREERS: the Next Generation is also instrumental in career exposure opportunities such as Tour of the Trades (Grades 10-12) and Explore the Trades (Grade 9) offered to GPPSD students.​ 

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Bridge Network Outreach School Grade 12 student James Godfrey following the instructions of Kelly Wilson, Manager at M&R Pluming on how to weld copper pipes. During a Tour of the Trades event — in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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Grande Prairie Composite High School and Charles Spencer High School attended Explore the Trades at the Eastlink Centre. Students and staff toured the mechanical areas of the facility to look at the various trades responsible for operating and maintaining the Eastlink Recreation Centre. Operations staff, Gordon Tait, an electrician at the Eastlink Centre,and facilities worker Griffon Davis, focused on the electrical, plumbing, and power engineering career fields, however, students were also exposed to a variety of other trades that were responsible for the construction of the recreational facility.