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

$ 2,393 (domestic)

Employment Preparation - EARTH Gardening Specialization, Certificate

$2,584 (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

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

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

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.

Start in September or January.

How to apply

Step 1 - Connect with an instructor

It all starts with a conversation to discover if the program is right for you. We'll also discuss which courses you'll start with. If you decide ETP isn't right for you, we may be able to suggest alternative programs or resources.

Mark Fournier

Step 2 -  Let us guide you through the process

ETP staff will help you fill out any necessary forms and guide you through:

  1. Application
  2. Financial Aid, if you are eligible
  3. Registration

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

Our teaching staff

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

Faculty/staff profile

Laura Friesen

Laura Friesen

Instructional Assistant | Instructor, Employment Training and Prep

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Jody Isaac

Jody Isaac

Instructor, Employment Training and Preparation

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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

We want to hear from you!