Lakes District Continuing Education

Short-term work-related and personal interest courses

Courses are offered in Burns Lake and on the Southside. Check our Facebook page for updates!

Important - Because we are cost-recovery, a minimum number of paid registrants is required to proceed with each course. We use the registration deadline to determine if we have enough participants to proceed with the course. Although we do everything we can to ensure all of our courses run, there are times when we may have to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

Vocational Part Time

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Course Dates
ATV Rider (8hrs)

The Canada Safety Council ATV Rider Course provides hands-on training, with emphasis on the safety implications relating to each lesson. Students will learn basic techniques for riding all-terrain vehicles responsibly. The lessons include starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency stopping and swerving; and riding over obstacles; as well as specific requirements for classes attended by children under the age of 16. It is the intention of this course to reflect a high-quality introduction to ATV safety knowledge, environmental awareness and riding skills. The student is responsible for providing an ATV is good working order as well as an appropriate helmet, all weather gear, & boots.

$178
June 4
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 4
Babysitter’s Training (7hrs)

For youth 12 years and older. Learn basic child care, accident prevention, basic first aid & how to handle emergencies.

$88
March 16 or May 11
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Mar 16 or May 11
Basic Security Training (40 hrs)

Prepare for the Government of BC Security Service examination issued by the Justice Institute of BC & for the security industry. Topics include theories of professional conduct, law and the applicable regulations, note taking, report writing, use of force, tactical communication & more. The exam as well as the licensing application are included in the cost of the course. Students must have a minimum of Grade 10 reading and comprehension & a solid grasp of the English language. Participants who successfully write the examination must undergo a security check prior to licensing.

$1696
Mar 11-15
8:30am-4:30pm

Mar 11-15
Bear Aware (3 hrs)

This course is designed for all outdoor enthusiasts, from berry pickers to bird watchers. Bear habits & feeding patterns, from den to hibernation, are explored. Upon completion, participants will have heightened awareness of bears in their habitat and clearer understanding of bear encounters including why they happen & how to avoid them.

$90
May 23
9am-12pm

May 23
Canadian Firearms Safety Restricted (8 hrs)

Designed for students who have just completed Canadian Firearms Safety. Topics covered include the evolution of basic firearms safety practices, ammunition, operating handgun action, firing techniques, procedures & responsibilities for handguns. ID Required.

$267
Jan 26 or Mar 23
8am-4pm

Jan 26 or Mar 23
Canadian Firearms Safety (15 hrs)

An introductory firearms safety course for all firearms users 18 years and older. Photo ID is required..

$282
Jan 19-20 or Mar 16-17
Sat 8am-5pm
Sun 8am-4pm

Jan 19-20 or Mar 16-17
Cashier Training (9hrs)

Learn till operations, taxable items, scanners, weighing produce, taking credit and bank cards, money, organization, & customer service. Students must be 15 years of age or older.

$278
Mar 18-20
6pm-9pm

Mar 18-20
CORE Hunter Training (21hrs)

For individuals wanting to obtain a hunting license in B.C. Participants must read the CORE manual prior to course start date. ID is required.

$285
Feb 22, 23, Mar 2, Mar 6 or
April 26, 27, May 4, May 8
Fri 6pm-10pm
Sat 8:30am-4pm
Wed 6pm-8pm Exam Only

Feb 22, 23, Mar 2, Mar 6 or
April 26, 27, May 4, May 8
Cougar Aware (1.5hrs)

This course is designed for all outdoor enthusiasts, from berry pickers to bird watchers. Cougar habits and feeding patterns are explored. Upon completion, participants will have heightened awareness of cougars in their habitat & clearer understanding of cougar encounters including why they happen & how to avoid them.

$36
May 23
1pm-2:30pm

May 23
Cultural Awareness Training (6hrs)

Join Albert Gerow as he helps student gain an understanding on the local First Nations, cultures, values, beliefs along with traditional governance systems. Obtain an insight to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. What does it mean when 95% of land in BC is unseated lands by First Nations.

$92
Mar 21
9am-3pm

Mar 21
Customized Computer Training

Beginner to advanced, CNC can custom build a training plan based on a quick assessment, for individuals or small groups. Popular skills consist of social media, digital media, internet & email management, file management, external hard drives, web design, & Microsoft Office Suite (including certification). Instruction is available for Windows, Mac, iPad & iPhones.

Contact us for more information.

TBA
Eating for Lasting Energy and Blood Sugar Stability (1.5hrs)

Low on energy & wish you could figure out how to get more? Worried about keeping your blood sugar levels stable to avoid (or manage) Type 2 Diabetes? This class is for you! Join Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Culinary Nutrition Expert, Jess Hart, to learn all about keeping your energy levels top notch. In this demo-style cooking class, we will cover keys for lasting energy, the magic of food combining, and practice our skills with a couple of fun recipes. You’ll go home with great handouts for managing blood sugar, some lifestyle tips to feel great, & a copy of the recipes we try together.

$45
Feb 23
9:30am-11am

Feb 23
Emergency Childcare First Aid (8hrs)

Learn how to handle emergencies involving children. Min age 16 years. Photo ID is required.

$275
Apr 27
9am-5pm

Apr 27
Enform Level 1 Chainsaw Basics (24hrs)

In this hands on course learn basic chainsaw safety, practices, and procedures. Students must supply their own CSA approved safety toe work boots. All other equipment supplied.

$1439
May 14-16
8:30am-4:30

May 14-16
Family Tool Kit Series (4hrs)

The Family Toolkit is a free series designed to share information about the common mental illnesses and recovery strategies; offering tools to help everyone involved learn how they can better provide support. Topics include an overview of various mental illnesses including substance use disorders, supporting recovery, communication & problem solving, caring for yourself & others, helping children & youth in school.

FREE
Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, Feb 12
12:10pm-12:50pm

Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, Feb 12
Fire Suppression & Entrapment Avoidance (16hrs)

Upon completion of this course, participants will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the wildland fire environment, suppression & safety procedures & equipment used in BC to effectively & safely respond as a basic wildland firefighter. As well as how to avoid & survive fire entrapment..

$366
May 27-28
9am-5pm

May 27-28
Fire Suppression Refresher (4hrs)

This course will provide you with a meaningful review of the pertinent safety features of the S-100 Program. You must have completed the two day S-100 Course therefore all the material presented here is just review.

$111
May 14 or Jun 5
8:30am-12:30pm Or
1pm-5pm

May 14 or Jun 5
Foodsafe Level 1 (8hrs)

Topics include food-borne illness, personal hygiene & health, serving & dispensing, protecting & preparing food, receiving & storing food safely, dish washing methods, types of germs and diseases.

$208
Feb 6 or May 22
9am-5:30pm

Feb 6 or May 22

General Interest

Continuous Learning Close to Home
Course Dates
H2S Alive (8hrs)

This one day course is intended for all workers in the petroleum industry who could be exposed to hydrogen sulphide. The students will learn detection and protection of H2S gas, rescue techniques and rescue breathing. Successful students will receive an H2S Alive certificate issued by ENFORM.

$618
Feb 7
8:30am-4:30pm

Feb 7
Home Alone (6hrs)

Learn the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. Min age 10 years.

$82
Feb 23 or Apr 27
9am-3pm

Feb 23 or Apr 27
Introduction to FireSmart for Homeowners (2hrs)

FireSmart is a national initiative to help property owners & communities understand the ways in which wildfire might threaten structures & property located in, & close to, forested & wildland areas, & the steps individuals & communities can take to reduce the susceptibility of buildings & property to fire. This workshop is free.

FREE
Feb 20
7pm-9pm

Feb 20
Introduction to First Nations Communities in the Lakes District (6hrs)

This free workshop focuses on promoting cultural sensitivity and awareness of protocol, customs & practices pertaining to First Nations, primarily in the Lakes District area.

FREE
Mar 15
9am-3pm

Mar 15
Keto Basics Cooking Class (1.5hrs)

Ketogenic diets are all about using healthy fats (and not carbs) to fuel your body. Learn more about keto (whether you are brand new to the idea or a long time keto-follower), how to tailor it to meet your needs, and try a handful of new recipes in this fun, demo–style cooking class with Holistic Nutritionist & Culinary Nutrition Expert.

$45
Jan 12
9:30am-11am

Jan 12
Management Skills for Supervisors: Interpersonal Communication & Conflict Resolution (26hrs)

Albert Gerow will bring participants through the fundamental steps in the communication cycle. Through a series of structured exercises, key concepts are taught regarding the one to one communication processes; the informational interview, problem solving & conflict resolution. A balance of theory with practice re-enforces the learning process.

$870
April 27, 28, May 4, 5
9am-4:30pm

April 27, 28, May 4, 5

Occupational First Aid Level 1 (8hrs)

This Worksafe BC class provides training in basic first aid skills including AED, C-spine control, respiratory & circulatory emergencies, minor soft tissue injuries, accurate completion of the required documentation, as well as new modules on the identification & management of stroke, diabetes, seizures & fainting. Tickets issued by Northland First Aid, valid for 3 years. Participants must be 16 years or older. Photo ID required..

$259
Jan 22, Mar 19, Apr 24, May 16, 21, 29, Jun 3, 17
9am-5pm

Jan 22, Mar 19, Apr 24, May 16, 21, 29, Jun 3, 17
Occupational First Aid Level 3 (3hrs)

You will learn how to positively effect the outcome when an incident happens. This includes being trained in becoming fast and efficient at diagnosing the patients condition, administering advanced lifesaving techniques & preparing a patient for transportation. Students must be prepared for intensive reading & homework study. There is pre-reading required before classes begin. Photo ID required in class. Please bring knee pads & indoor shoes. Certificates issued by Northland First Aid.

$1810
Feb 25-Mar 8 or
Apr 29-May 10
9am-5pm

Feb 25-Mar 8 or
Apr 29-May 10
Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement (8hrs)

This course is designed to deliver the skills and knowledge needed to secure and transport injured/ill workers to medical aid. These skills are necessary if the worksite is more than twenty minutes from medical aid. Certificates issued by Northland First Aid./p>

$259
Apr 25, May 22, 30, Jun 18
9am-5pm

Apr 25, May 22, 30, Jun 18
Plant Based Basics (1.58hrs)

Plant based diets (featuring more veggies & fruits) are all the rage, plus they are great for you! Join this fun, demo–style cooking class with Holistic Nutritionist & Culinary Nutrition Expert, Jess Hart to learn more. You’ll walk away with a clear understanding of why a plant-based diet might be right for you, 3-4 new recipes to try, & the courage to try them on your own at home.

$45
Feb 6
7pm-8:30pm

Feb 6
Poultry 101 (3hrs)

Learn how to raise meat chickens &/or laying hens in your backyard from local farmer Derek Feldmann. We will cover breeds, housing, feeding & butchering. Bring your questions!

$36
Mar 2
9am-12pm

Mar 2
Proposal Writing (10hrs)

Writing a proposal can be scary, overwhelming & equal missed opportunities for your organization or business. Albert Gerow will demystify the aspects of "Proposal Writing" by identifying & understanding what the objectives, deliverables & benefits, costs, process & timeline, credibility, & signatures in the process of writing a proposal.

$212
Feb 21 & 22
9am-3pm

Feb 21 & 22
Scaffold User Awareness & Inspection (6hrs)

This course is for anyone who uses access scaffold. CSA has a provision for the end user to inspect an approved scaffold before access. The end user will learn hazard awareness, definitions & terms, regulations as pertaining to users, & tagging & inspection procedures. It is primarily classroom based, but examples of frame, system & tube & clamp scaffolds are provided with deliberate deficiencies for the students to practice their inspection skills.

$476
Mar 25
8am-3pm

Mar 25
Serving It Right (4hrs)

Serving It Right (Responsible Service of Alcoholic Beverages in British Columbia) is a mandatory course for people who work/volunteer where alcoholic beverages are served. This course is required not only in the workplaces where alcoholic beverages are sold, but may also be required when working/volunteering in catering businesses, care facilities & for special occasions.

$188
Feb 7
9am-1pm

Feb 7
Small Engine Repair (32hrs)

Students will learn how to identify two & four stroke engines, their functions & uses. Topics include safety, environmental management procedures, shop tools & equipment, small engine fundamentals, small engine components & trouble shooting. All equipment & tools provided. Location donated in partnership with the Village of Burns Lake.

$1336
May 6-9
8:30am-4:30pm

May 6-9
Spill Response (4hrs)

A hands-on field training course that prepares you for fuel related spills that enter the environment. Students will learn the following: properly assess an incident, who to notify with what information, chemical characteristics, how to meet due diligence, containment techniques for water in creeks, ditches, other tributaries & land based spills, & clean up & disposal issues.

$240
May 13
8:30am-12:30pm or
1pm-5pm

May 13
SuperHost (6hrs)

The course introduces the principles of providing a quality service experience in the workplace, & provides an understanding of the importance of exceptional customer service. You will learn about workplace communication, problem solving, customer & employer expectations, and more.

$149
Jun 4
9am-4pm

Jun 4
Traffic Control (16hrs)

Boost your employment opportunities! Receive a 3 year certificate & be ready to apply for road maintenance & construction jobs. Training takes place in the classroom & out on the road. Students must have steel toe boots & all weather clothing.

$596
Mar 27-28 or
May 23-24
8:30am-4:30pm

Mar 27-28 or
May 23-24
Transportation of Dangerous Goods (4hrs)

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods course is required before handling, offering for transport, transporting or importing dangerous goods, or directing others to do the same.

$154
May 31
12:30pm-3:30pm

May 31
WHMIS (3hrs)

This course will familiarize you with the “WHMIS” system & how it is used in workplaces.

$154
May 31
9am-12pm

May 31
Whole Foods Sauces & Dressings (4hrs)

Trying to eat ‘clean’? Salad dressings & sauces are notorious for adding weird ingredients that don’t fuel your body. Join this fun, demo–style cooking class with Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Culinary Nutrition Expert, Jess Hart to learn more. You’ll walk away with a clear understanding of which ingredients to look for on the dressings & sauces you buy, the recipes for 4 of Jess’ favourite sauce/dressing staples, & the courage to make them on your own at home.

$45
Jan 16
7pm-8:30pm

Jan 16

Foundations for the Future

Foundations for the Future is an exciting free program which provides snapshots of a variety of courses. The program will run from September 2018 through to May 2018. More details will be announced soon