Employment Preparation, Certificate

Camosun offers several non-academic programs to help you decide on a career or education path or help you prepare or train for employment. Spend four to eight months with us and develop new skills, gain work experience and earn a college certificate.

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Program at a glance



Work experience


Study options


Open to International



15 weeks

Is ETP is right for you?

Chat with an instructor to discover if ETP is right for you. We can help you get started or suggest alternative programs or resources.
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Applied, entry level, hands-on learning

Start in September or January!

Your road map to a satisfying career

With our help and support, you’ll learn entry-level employment skills, obtain external certifications, get practical workplace experience, and develop the confidence to pursue further learning, volunteering and employment opportunities. 

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Educational options

  • Certificate in Employment Preparation: Essential Employment Skills Specialization 

  • Certificate in Employment Preparation: EARTH Gardening Specialization

The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students. Some students are able to approve for additional funding. 

Get started with Employment Preparation where you will develop the skills, attitudes, knowledge and practices that prepare you for entry-level employment training. This program is meant to be completed in 30 weeks with you learning at your own pace and level. You'll explore interests, values and opportunities so you can set goals and develop a learning plan to build essential skills for life, learning and work. Through ongoing guidance and support, you'll explore lifestyle practices that develop resilience while connecting with resources and exploring opportunities for learning, work and community connection that reflect your abilities, interests, and values. 

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

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Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

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Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Employment Preparation - Essential Employment Skills Specialization, Certificate

$ 2,343 (domestic)

Employment Preparation - EARTH Gardening Specialization, Certificate

$2,531 (domestic)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.


Financial assistance

The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) covers student fees, deposit, tuition (if applicable), required textbooks and childcare support for eligible students enrolled in 0-level upgrading courses.

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September or January intake.

All students admitted to the Employment Preparation Program must participate in an intake conversation to determine suitability for the program and for working in an applied learning setting at the college.

Information and Application Process

Step 1 - Connect with an instructor

Mark Fournier


Chat with an instructor to discover if ETP is right for you. Determine which courses you will start with.

If you discover that ETP is not the right program for you, we may be able to suggest alternative programs or resources.

Step 2 - Application/Financial Aid/Registration

ETP staff will help you fill out all the necessary forms and guide you through the process:

Note: Each ETP program is a stand-alone offering. Current students must inform ETP staff that they wish to continue on into another ETP program and book an intake conversation. See Step 1

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Our Teaching Staff

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

Mark Fournier

Mark Fournier

Chair, Employment Training and Preparation

Mark has lived on traditional territories of Coast Salish Peoples as an uninvited settler most of his life.  He gratefully acknowledges the graci ...

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Laura Friesen

Laura Friesen

Instructional Assistant | Instructor, Employment Training and Prep

It's a privilege to be a visitor on the beautiful Coast and Straits Salish territories and to raise my family here. My ancestors came from Scotland, E ...

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Jody Isaac

Jody Isaac

Instructor, Employment Training and Preparation

As a visitor in these territories, I give thanks to Coast and Straits Salish Nations for sharing their culture, knowledge and community and I'm gratef ...

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Learn more

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

Mark Fournier, Chair of Employment Training and Preparation

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