Registration Information

There are several ways to register for a course being offered by VIU's Natural Resources Extension Program. Please note that registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1. Register Online

Registration can be completed online by checking the Course Schedule and selecting the appropriate course. From there, follow the prompts to complete your registration and payment online. Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Some courses do not allow online registration. In this case, please register by phone per the below instructions.

2. Register by Phone

Call toll-free to 1.866.734.6252. Please be ready to provide the course name, course ID and course section number (for example: Electrofishing, NRFS 001, I22X70). To find this information, select the desired course from the Course Schedule.

3. Register By Company Seat Purchase

If you are an employer who would like to purchase seats for your staff to attend a course, please complete a Seat Purchase Form and submit it by email to or by fax to 250.248.9792. Please ensure that the form is signed and that the course name, course ID and course section number are included (for example, Electrofishing, NRFS 001, I22X70). To find this information, select the desired course from the Course Schedule.

4. Register In-Person

Please be ready to provide the course name, course ID and course section number, which can be found by selecting the desired course from the Course Schedule.


Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Registration Centre, Building 200
900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo
Nanaimo Campus Map


Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4pm
2011 University Way, Duncan

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

NSF (Non-Sufficient Funds) Cheques

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

Refunds and Cancellations

Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 7 days prior to the start date of the course. Please note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines. Some courses may also include non-refundable tuition, application and/or lab fees. If this is the case, information will appear in the intake details available on the Course Schedule.

A full refund is issued in the case of course cancellation by VIU. Courses may be cancelled due to low enrolment, or changed for various reasons. Every effort is made to notify students with as much notice as possible. Please ensure that you provide accurate and up-to-date contact information so that we can keep you informed.

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 times and location. 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. Your student record also contains information regarding potential income tax deductions per Revenue Canada regulations.


Pay parking is in effect for all parking lots of VIU’s Nanaimo campus 12 months of the year, 8 am - 8 pm, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays. Call 250.740.6512 for parking related inquiries.

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 further information, please contact International Admissions at 250.740.6316 or

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 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 at 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 170 at the Nanaimo Campus.

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.

Severe Weather Closure

It is sometimes necessary to close campus due to weather conditions. Please note that closure decisions are made independently at each campus. A decision will be made by 6:30am on whether or not the campus(es) experiencing severe weather will be closed, with updates occurring by 10:30am and 2:30pm. Messaging will be shared through VIU’s Safety App, followed by direct email messages, a notice on the VIU website and through VIU social media platforms.