Dual Credit

What are ‘dual credit’ courses and programs? 

A student is considered enrolled in a Dual Credit Program when a high-school student is enrolled in a course or program at a Post- Secondary Institution.  Upon successful completion of the course or program, a student earns credits from both the post-secondary institution and graduation credits from the high school.  These credits are considered dual credits as they count as graduation credits as a student works toward completion of their graduation program and post-secondary credits that are recorded on their post-secondary transcript. 

The following expectations should be understood and discussed by parents with their son/daughter prior to entry into a dual credit program:

General Understandings:

  • All prerequisites must be fulfilled before registration can be completed.
  • Dual credit programs are a privilege for students in SD59. Students must demonstrate maturity and commitment to be eligible for the program.
  • Dropping out of a dual credit program prior to the completion date will not provide the credits a student may need for high school graduation.
  • Credits are issued by the post secondary institution and by the secondary school. Students may receive up to 16 elective credits for each semester spent in a dual credit program.

 Behaviour and Performance:

  • Attendance is essential; absences must be minimal in order to complete the dual credit program outcomes/training standards involved.  The Post-Secondary Institution submits monthly attendance reports to the sponsor school. 
  • Students must complete the dual credit program to receive post secondary credits, as partial credits are not awarded.
  • Performance in the classes is evaluated based on industry standards. Passes for exams and projects are at 65% or 70% for the post secondary programs, not at 50% as allowed in regular school classes.
  • It is the responsibility of the parents to make arrangements for accommodation if required.
  • Transportation to programs is the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian.
  • The post secondary setting is an adult environment and expectations for student behavior are high. Good conduct is essential for student success. Students will be required to meet the code of conduct that operates within the school they are from. In addition, the code of conduct for the post-secondary institution will be supported and enforced by the secondary school.


  • The student/parent/guardian will be responsible to pay the non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable deposit and student fees.
  • The sponsoring high-school will pay tuition costs for up to two semesters of a program.
  • Additional costs for accommodation (if required), coveralls, books, safety courses, material and student fees and so on will be the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian.
  • Transportation costs are the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian.

For more information, please contact the Career Program Coordinator at your high school:

DCSS: Shawn Roberts (sroberts@sd59.bc.ca)

CSS: Sherry Mounsey (smounsey@sd59.bc.ca)

TRSS: Sherri-Lynn Hewitt (shewitt@sd59.bc.ca)

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