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  • One year (ten-month) certificate
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions
This program is designed to introduce Indigenous students to college and career exploration by acquiring greater success in life skills, reading, writing, mathematics, science and technology while focusing on individual, cultural and career development. Various instructional strategies and methodologies will be utilized to focus on the holistic approach in the development of individual competencies.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review
  3. English and Math Skills Assessment
    • Successfully complete a prescribed English and math skills assessment at the minimum competency level required
    • This item is not due within 30 days of applying and will be requested by the College at a later date

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  • High school graduation is not required, but you must successfully meet Regular Admission Requirements 2 and 3

Who Should Enrol?

You should enroll in this program if you wish to strengthen your skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science and technology, and are looking to further develop your essential academic skills and aptitudes, while exploring the different Red River College programs that are available in order to make informed career decisions. You should enrol if you wish to further develop your cultural and employability skills.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Sep 08, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Other Fees
Year 1
1Health and Dental Fees

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
Term 2Credit Hours
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
ABOR-1068Culture and Community Connections
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Students will have an opportunity to discover who they are as an Indigenous person by discovering their gifts, strengths and talents through culture, history and community. Students will examine traditional value systems and how to apply traditional knowledge in modern day society.

ABOR-2068Cultural Application
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Students will focus on exploring their Indigenous identity. They will have the opportunity to explore local, community-based, provincial and national issues to understand the modern landscape as it pertains to Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations. Students will enhance their personal and professional identity by learning about, and with, various local Indigenous communities. Students will have opportunity to express their cultural identities and consider how to contribute to cultural revitalization and community wellness. Students will explore local Indigenous worldviews, values and belief systems and will learn about Indigenous perspectives through the perspectives of local histories.

CDEV-1002Career Development
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Any realistic career planning must begin with developing a better understanding of oneself. The purpose of this course is to provide students with instruction in the career planning process directly related to the selection of a college program and ultimately the world of work. Topics include a comprehensive skills assessment, identification of work and personal values, career interests, work and learning styles, and personality types related to college programs and academic success. As the course progresses, students will begin to develop areas of interests related to college programs and future career paths. Each student will complete a project to investigate occupations that are of interest to them. The student will begin to use information to evaluate to what extent their career interests realistically math their skills and qualities. The project will also assist students with planning the academic requirements associated with the career direction they have chosen. Each student, as part of their project, will develop career/occupational goals and academic plans.

CDEV-2002Employability Skills
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Employability skills are those fundamental skills necessary for obtaining, keeping, and being successful in a job. Many students require purposefully structured experiences and instruction to guide them in understanding their own capabilities, their opinions, the adaptations they will need and the general employability skills they need to be successful in the workplace. These skills encompass personal appearance, social skills, teamwork, dependability, organization and work ethic. The ability to acquire and maintain employment depends heavily on the general employability skills students will learn in this course. The course will also introduce students to the e-portfolio, the Red River College LEARN Management System, and Microsoft Word as a word processing system.

COMM-1171Essential College Communication Skills
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Students will develop academic language skills and abilities in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, writing and presenting. Students will be engaged in a variety of learning situations that will enhance their communication abilities through applied learning activities and opportunities. Integration of literary and cultural works from various First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities will be the curriculum foundation for skills building.

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Individual course modules will be developed based on student skill level and interest.

MATH-1080Essential College Mathematics Skills
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Students will enhance and/or further develop their functional mathematical skills and strengthen computational skills for future post-secondary programming where mathematical skills are required. Student engagement will be promoted through the use of application-based strategies and relevant situations where math skills are required.

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Individual course modules will be developed based on student skill level and interest.

SCIE-1028Basic Applied Science
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This course will give students practical knowledge and skills in the physical sciences using basic concepts of scientific measurement, forces and Newton's Laws of motion, work, power and energy, and electrostatics.

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Individual course modules will be developed based on student skill level and interest.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Contact Information

For further information about this program, please contact:

Isabel Bright, Chair of School of Indigenous Education
F210 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0J9
Phone: 204.632.2241

Awards, Bursary and Student Loan Applications:

The School of Indigenous Education has an Administrative Officer that assists student with Awards, Bursary and Student Loan applications. Students can also apply for non-Indigenous focused funding through the standard Red River College Awards and Scholarship office.

For further information contact the Administrative Officer, Mariam Merasty.

F210 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0J9
Phone: 204.632.2186

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

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