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

Update Your Skills and Increase your Employability!
Course Dates
Cashier Training (10hrs)

Most retail stores have cash registers and/or scanners. This is your chance to enhance your job possibilities and add a valuable skill to your resume. Our experienced instructor will discuss till operations, taxable items, scanners, weighing produce, taking credit and bank cards, money, organization, and customer service. The first two classes will be held at CNC and the second two at Overwaitea Foods. Student manual included. Students must be 15 years of age or older

November 5-8

November 5-8
CPR C (7hrs)

Topics include recognizing the signals and responding to cardiovascular emergencies, accessing the Emergency Medical System, rescue breathing, and treatment for conscious and unconscious choking situations. Level ‘C’ covers Adult, Child, Infant and two Rescuer CPR. Automated external defibrillation content and certification is included. Successful participants receive certification valid for three years.

August 31

August 31
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 include Microsoft Office Suite, Social Media, Digital Media, Internet & Email management, File Management & External Hard Drives. Instruction is available for Windows, Mac, iPads & iPhones.

Contact for more information

Contact for more information
Enform Level 1 Chainsaw Basics (24hrs)

The topics discussed, demonstrated and practiced include: basic personal safety and worksite safety, worksite safety requirements and practices, chainsaws and other equipment, limbing, taping and bucking practices. The certificate issued for successful completion of this course is required by Seismic Line Cutters working in the oil and gas industry. Students must supply their own CSA approved safety toe work boots. All other equipment will be supplied.

October 10-12

Oct 10-12
Emergency Childcare First Aid (8hrs)

Learn how to handle emergencies involving children. This course includes recognition of home hazards, accident prevention, and safety education skills. The focus is on rescue breathing, CPR, bleeding management and common first aid situations (chocking, burns, poisons, fall and shock). This course is approved by the Provincial Child Care Facilities Board for Family Daycare Licensing but is also a great course for parents and grandparents of young children. Min age 16 years. Photo ID is required.

October 20

Oct 20
Foodsafe Level 1 (8hrs)

All food service establishments or non-profit organizations that sell food must have a minimum of one employee with Foodsafe certification on duty at all times. Topics include food-borne illness, personal hygiene and health, serving and dispensing, protecting and preparing food, receiving and storing food safely, dish washing methods, types of germs and diseases. Certification issued upon successful completion.

October 30 9:00am-5:30pm

November 15
8:30am - 5:00pm
Babine Elementary Secondary School

Oct 30
Nov 15
Introduction to First Nations Communities in the Lakes District (5hrs)

This workshop focuses on promoting cultural sensitivity and awareness of protocol, customs and practices pertaining to First Nations, primarily in the Lakes District area. The workshop will provide a brief history of the First Nations in the Lakes District with the opportunity for interaction between participants. Additional resources for further reading will be provided.


November 23 9:00am-3:00pm

Nov 23
JOSH Committee Member Training (8hrs)

This one-day course provides a look at the legislation pertinent to formation of a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. This includes portions of the WCB Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The training also provides insight into forming a committee; roles and responsibilities; hazard identification and the hierarchy of control of those hazards; and, workplace inspections and investigations. Upon completion, attendees will have greater insight into what is needed for the formation and success of a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

November 16

Nov 16
Occupational First Aid Level 1 (8hrs)

This Worksafe BC class provides training in basic first aid skills including AED, C-spine control, respiratory and circulatory emergencies, minor soft tissue injuries, accurate completion of the required documentation, as well as new modules on the identification and management of stroke, diabetes, seizures and fainting. Students will receive their OFA Level 1 certification upon successful completion of a written exam and practical evaluation by the instructor. Participants must be 16 years or older. Photo ID required. Impending changes to regulations will determine tuition.

September 26, or November 27

Sept 26 or Nov 27
Occupational First Aid Level 3 (70hrs)

OFA Level 3 is the most advanced first aid training available and the most sought after by industry. The exam is scheduled outside of the dates listed. Home study is required. Photo ID required. Pending changes to regulations will determine tuition.

October 15-26

Oct 15-26
OFA 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. Photo ID required. Prerequisite: OFA Level 1. Pending changes to regulations will determine tuition.

November 28

Nov 28
S-100 Fire Suppression (12hrs)

Upon completion of this course, participants will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the wildland fire environment, suppression and safety procedures and equipment used in BC to effectively and safely respond as a basic wildland firefighter.

May 22-23

May 22-23
S-100 Fire Suppression Re-certification (4hrs)

This course is for workers who have completed S-100. Designed to meet the requirements of Work Safe BC for annual re-training of worker who could be required to respond as a basic wildland fire fighter.

May 9 or May 30
9:00am-1:00pm or 2:00pm-6:00pm

May 9 or May 30
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 and land based spills, and clean up and disposal issues.

May 14
9:00am-1:00pm or 1:30pm-5:30pm

May 14
Traffic Control (16hrs)

Boost your employment opportunities! Receive a 3-year certificate and be ready to apply for road maintenance and construction jobs. You'll be learning the newest BC Ministry of Transportation standards and BC WCB regulations and standards. Training takes place in the classroom and out on the road. Students must have steel toe boots and all weather clothing.

May 30 - 31

May 30 - 31
Transportation of Dangerous Goods (3hrs)

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. Certificates valid for 3 years when signed by an employer.

November 5

Nov 5
Traffic Control (16hrs)

Boost your employment opportunities! Receive a 3 year certificate and be ready to apply for road maintenance and construction jobs. You’ll be learning the newest BC Ministry of Transportation standards and BC WCB regulations and standards. Training takes place in the classroom and out on the road. Students must have steel toe boots and all weather clothing.

October 22 - 23

Oct 22-23
WHMIS (3hrs)

This course will familiarize you with the “WHMIS” system and how it is used in workplaces. WHMIS is part of the knowledge that you need to protect yourself and your coworkers from hazardous products.

November 5 9:00am-12:00pm

Nov 5

General Interest

Continuous Learning Close to Home
Course Dates
Aikido (36hrs)

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art, the modern form of which was founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei). Aikido is a purely defensive martial art- rather than meeting violence with reciprocal violence, the Aikidoist learns to evade and redirect the power of the attack, resulting in the attacker being unbalanced and either projected (thrown) or immobilized. Open to adult including youth 13 years and older.

September 26-December 13
Wednesday & Thursday

Sept 26 - Dec 13
Aikido for Youth (12hrs)

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art, the modern form of which was founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei). Aikido is a purely defensive martial art- rather than meeting violence with reciprocal violence, the Aikidoist learns to evade and redirect the power of the attack, resulting in the attacker being unbalanced and either projected (thrown) or immobilized. In our children’s class, students will learn the basics of Aikido and body movement. Open to students 13 years or younger

September 26-December 12

Sept 26 - Dec 12
Babysitter's Training (7hrs)

For youth 12 years and older. Learn basic child care, accident prevention, first aid and how to handle emergency situations and receive a certificate upon successful completion. This program is based on the Red Cross Youth Society curriculum. Please bring a pencil and pack a lunch.

Oct 27

Oct 27
Colour Mixing (3hrs)

In this workshop students will learn the basic elements of the colour wheel, how to identify warm and cool colours and how to create any colour using the three primary colours. If there is a painting you are working on feel free to bring it. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Nov 15

Nov 15
Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) (17hrs)

This CFSC is an introductory firearms safety course for all firearms users. Topics to be covered include handling and use of firearms and ammunition, complying with firearms laws, safety when storing, and displaying and transporting non restricted firearms and ammunition. There will be both written and practical examinations. The Federal Canadian Firearms Centre is responsible for issuing the required to own a firearm; students must be 18 years or older to receive this license, but not to take the course. Photo ID is required. Full attendance required. Please bring a lunch.

$232 + text
September 15 - 16

Sept 15 - 16
Canadian Firearms Safety Course Restricted (12hrs)

In this course, topics covered include the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and action, basic firearms safety practices, ammunition, operating handgun action, firing techniques and procedures for handguns, care of restricted firearms, responsibilities of the firearms owner/user and safe storage, display, transportation and handling of restricted firearms. Photo ID is required and students must be 18 years or older.


Sept 29-30

CORE Hunter Training (21hrs)

Designed for individuals wanting to obtain a hunting license in B.C. The following topics will be covered outdoor ethics, firearms safety, hunting regulations, animal/bird identification and first aid. Participants must read the CORE manual prior to course start date. Testing fees are included in the tuition, but applicants must pay a licensing fee to BC Wildlife Federation. The exam is scheduled for the last day of the course. ID is required; Birth Certificate, Care Card, Student ID, or Passport are all accepted.

$226 + text
September 21, 22, 29, October 3
Friday 6:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday 8:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm Exam Only

Sept 21 - Oct 3
Detox (3hrs)

Topics include: What is a detox? Is it as important and rejuvenating as people say? What kind of detox is the right one? When is the best time and how long should it be? Do I have to starve myself to get results? Arm yourself with as much information as you can before you make the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

October 13

Oct 13
Fly Fishing (12hrs)

Join Bob on the Morice River in Houston for steelhead fly-fishing fundamentals. During this hands on class students will learn; casting, line control, types of water to fish and fly presentation methods. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Supply list will be provided upon registration.

September 22-23

Sept 22 - 23
Home Alone (6hrs)

The Home Alone course is designed to provide children 10 years and older with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. It will help them understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations, stay safe and constructively occupied. The course material covers such topics as establishing a routine, house key is your responsibility, strangers, telephone, emergencies, basic first aid, and Internet safety.

November 17

Nov 17
Instant Pot Meal Prep (1.5hrs)

Heard about the Instant Pot craze? These electric pressure cookers make healthy meal prep a breeze! Join Jess Hart for an introduction to everything Instant Pot, and some simple steps on how to use it to simplify meal prep at your house. You’ll go home with 4-5 recipes for your electric pressure cooker, a clear understanding of how to make it work for you, and the confidence to use yours without fear! Feel free to bring yours to class.

November 14
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Nov 14
Intuitive Paint Pour (3hrs)

Denise will fuse the art of paint pouring with the ancient healing modalities of Yoga and Reiki. Class will begin with a gentle Yoga session then move into color theory from the Yogic perspective. Experiment with pouring techniques to create an original piece of art for you to take home with you. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

October 10

Oct 10
Mental Health First Aid (12hrs)

This FREE course is a basic introduction to substance use, mood, anxiety, trauma induced and psychotic disorders. Mental Health First Aid for emerging mental health problems to help prevent crisis, overdose, suicide, panic attacks, acute stress reaction and psychosis.

October 17-18

November 13-14
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cheslatta Learning Centre

Oct 17-18
Nov 13-14
Seed Saving (3hrs)

Learn how to save the seeds of your favourite vegetables, herbs and flowers so you don’t have to buy them every year. Topics include: rewards and challenges; storage conditions, germination testing and many more important principals necessary for successful saving of your seeds.

September 29

Sept 29

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