Registration Information

Note: In order to register, you must have the Course Name, Course ID and Course Section Number. To obtain this information, select the desired course from the Course Schedule.

Register by Company Seat Purchase

Purchase seats for your staff in any of our courses with the Seat Purchase Form

Complete the Seat Purchase Form ** and fax it to

  • Parksville/Qualicum: 250.248.9792

** Please Note: In order to register, you must have the Course Name, Course ID and Course Section Number (example - Electrofishing, NRFS 001, I14X25). To find this information, select the desired course from the Course Schedule.

For Additional information

  • Nanaimo: 250.740.6400
  • Parksville-Qualicum: 250.248.2096

Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.

Register By Phone   

  • Toll Free: 1.866.734.6252

Register By Fax  

Fax the completed Registration Form to:

  • Parksville: 250.248.9792

Register By Course Online

Payment by Visa, MasterCard or American Express only. Select your course on the Course Schedule, follow the link to complete the registration form and submit electronically.

Register In Person


Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Registration Centre, Building 200
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street,
Nanaimo BC, V9R 5S5
Nanaimo Campus Map


Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4pm

Vancouver Island University
2011 University Way
Duncan, BC, V9L 0C7


Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4pm

Parksville Civic & Technology Centre
Vancouver Island University, 2nd floor
100 Jensen Avenue East, Box 42
Parksville, BC V9P 2G3

What You Should Know


Natural Resources Extension Program courses are designed for adults (17 years and over), unless otherwise stated for a specific course. Admission to younger students is by special arrangement. Please call our office.

Why We Request Birthdate And Gender

We require personal information as authorized by the College and Institute Act to:

  • Obtain a Personal Education Number (PEN) for each student
  • Carry out institutional responsibilities related to operating programs or activities
  • Prepare and submit budgets, financial statements, reports and other information necessary to carry out the Minister’s responsibilities to institutions
  • Conduct institutional research and statistical analysis

Are You On A Wait List?

Register early to secure your seat. If you see the "Waiting" comment on your Registration Statement, this means that a course is full and you have been “Wait Listed”. No payment is required to go on the “Wait List”. If a seat becomes available in this current semester, you will be contacted to process your registration and payment.

Check Your Registration Statement

Please read your Registration Statement receipt carefully. It confirms your registration and contains details of class time, location and room number.  Please note your 9-digit Student Number in the upper left-hand corner, and quote this Student Number when registering for future courses. Your Student Number allows us to correctly identify you and to ensure that your Student Record is complete.

Student Record Information

You can access your VIU Student Record to check your registration status and find your class location (click on Course Schedule). You will need your 9-digit Student Number and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you need assistance, please call our office.

Income Tax Deduction

Vancouver Island University recently completed a review of procedures to adhere to Revenue Canada regulations. For more information access your VIU Student Record.


If your course location is the Nanaimo Campus of Vancouver Island University:

Pay parking is in effect 12 months of the year, 8 am - 8 pm, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, at all parking lots on Campus.

Call 250.740.6512.

Cafeteria Service

Nanaimo Campus

Learn more at VIU Food Services

International Students

International students interested in a Continuing Studies Certificate Program must apply through the Director of International Admissions. Note that International Fees apply. For more information contact International Admissions 250.740.6316, email

Accessibility Services

Please call our office to discuss arrangements to accommodate disabilities. Every effort will be made to accommodate individual needs, but early notification of a required service is essential. Sixty (60) days’ notice is normally required to guarantee that your accommodation request will be fulfilled prior to the start of a desired course or program. To arrange an accommodation, please call Accessibility Services 250.740.6446.

Services for Aboriginal Students

The Services for Aboriginal Students Centre supports First Nations students in making a successful transition to Vancouver Island University and enables students to succeed in their academic endeavors by providing direct services and appropriate referrals. Please call 250.740.6510 or visit Building 310, Room 101 at the Nanaimo Campus.


Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 days prior to the start date of the course. Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines - information will appear in the intake's details available on the Course Schedule.

Non-Refundable Fees

Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or lab fees. Please note: A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.

Non-Refundable Fees

Some NREP courses may have non-refundable Tuition Fees, Application Fees, and/or Lab Fees.

NSF (Non-Sufficient Funds) Cheques

Fees are payable when you register. A $38 fee will be charged for NSF cheques.

Course Cancellations And Changes

Courses may be cancelled due to low enrolment or changed for various reasons. Every effort is made to notify students. Please provide accurate and updated contact information, in case we need to reach you. A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.

Replacement Certificates or Letters of Attendance

Lost your Certificate or Letter of Attendance? We are happy to provide a replacement. A $55 service fee is charged. Allow 2 weeks for processing.

Snow Closure

It is sometimes necessary to close due to weather conditions. Please note that closure decisions are made independently at each campus. The Nanaimo Campus Switchboard 250.753.3245 will carry a recorded message announcing any closures starting at 6am. Check the VIU homepage or any of the following radio stations:

  • Duncan - SUN 89.7 FM
  • Nanaimo - CHLY 101.7 FM
  • Nanaimo - WAVE 102.3 FM
  • Nanaimo - WOLF 106.9 FM
  • Parksville - BEACH 88.5 FM
  • Port Alberni - CJAV 1240 AM