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Dual Credit Programming

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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, including 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 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 District supports students, in partnership with post-secondary institutions, in the enrolment and completion of their post-secondary courses. 

  • Tuition: The school district 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
  • 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.


Grande Prairie Regional College:

Course Schedules and availbility at:

The Grande Prairie Public School District is working with the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) to provide dual credit opportunities for students in a variety of areas.  
  • GPRC offers individual courses. 
  • Application forms are available at GPRC and from your high school counsellor.
  • GPRC charges a one-time non-refundable application fee of $70, payable to GPRC.
  • $300 Caution Fee, payable to GPPSD.
  • Students attend courses on-site at GPRC (some courses may be offered online, please inquire with GPRC 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

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

Northern Lakes College:

Course Schedules and availbility at:

The Grande Prairie Public School District 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 GPPSD
  • 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 30-1 or 60% in 30-2 and credit in Math 10C/10-3
Health Care Aide​English 10-2 and Math 10-3 or higher
Introduction to Surveying​English 10-2, Math 20-2 or higher, HCS3000 & HCS3010
Oilfield Operator​English 10-2 and Math 20-2 or higher, HCS3000 & HCS3010
Power Engineering 4th Class​Math 10C and English 20-2 (currently enroled)
Water and Wastewater Operator​English 10-2 and Math 10C

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.​ 


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.


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.