Family Resource Practitioner Advanced Certificate

Program Description

Flexible learning options – part-time, full-time and online.
 This program is not currently accepting students. For more information, please contact the program chairs.


The Family Resource Practitioner (FRP) Advanced Certificate provides education for personnel who support and assist parents of infants and young children in dealing with a wide range of challenges including child development, economic stress, adaptation to a new country and culture, separation and divorce, family violence, or mental wellness.

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Career Prospects

The FRP Advanced Certificate enhances the career prospects of Family Support Practitioners, particularly those in prevention-focused parent/child engagement programs.


Location: NLC's FRP Advanced Certificate is typically completed through a blended model of distance delivery, involving online, teleconference, and web/videoconference. Face-to-face course offerings may be available within the Northern Lights College region or other provincial regions depending on student enrollment or special-project funding.

Length: The FRP Advanced Certificate can be completed over a one year period of full-time studies that may include a summer semester. Depending on available seats, part-time study is also an option. The program consists of 8 courses (360 hours).

Start: September to August for full-time completion in one year; part-time start dates may be available in September, January, and May.

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

APPLY by following the instructions in the following document:
Click to Download PDF of the Admissions Guide.

  1. Completion of a Northern Lights College Application Form and payment of the related fee(s).
  2. Copy of government-issued ID with current full legal name.
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  4. Letters of reference (see Admissions Guide)
  5. And one of:
    1. Official transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one of the following English courses with a “C” or higher: Grade 12 English, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, English 050, or English 099; OR
    2. Official transcripts indication successful completion of a university-level English course with a "C" grade or higher; OR
    3. University-level placement on the NLC Writing Assessment.
  6. And either:
    1. Three-years work experience in family services or in a closely related field (e.g., Education Assistant, Early Childhood Education, Social Services Worker). Letters of reference for applicants qualifying under this criterion must address professional experience; OR
    2. Official transcripts demonstrating completion of a two-year human service diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution. Students applying under this criterion must verify, in writing, their knowledge of Family Support work (see application package for more details).

Post-Admission Requirement

All students must complete a Schedule Type "B" Criminal Records Check (works with children and vulnerable adults) within eight weeks of starting FRPC 200.

Students are obligated to report any Schedule B criminal convictions that occur after they authorize a CRC but are still enrolled in NLC’s FRP Advanced Certificate. Failure to do so may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. The program is affiliated with BC Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-BC).
  3. Computer or laptop with a web camera and current browser and high-speed internet are required.
  4. Teleconferences require significant time on the phone; long-distance charges may apply if toll-free options are not available.
  5. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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  A minimum number of registrations are required to run each course. Registration deadlines are used to determine whether we have enough students to proceed. Although we do everything we can to ensure all of our courses run, there are times when we may have to cancel a course because of insufficient enrollment.