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How to Apply: Admissions Steps

How to apply to Northern Lakes College. Here is a step by step guide to help you with the admission process:



The first step before submitting your application to Northern Lakes College is to choose a Program. If you require assistance regarding a specific program, please call 1-866-652-3456 and speak to an Admission Specialist or the program Coordinator.

For assistance with Continuing Education & Corporate Training Courses, please reach out to 780-849-8623 or visit out Continuing Education Portal.



The second step is to research your program information:

  • The type of delivery method
  • Full-time or part-time options
  • Location(s)
  • Practicum/Lab day requirements

Below is a brief explanation of the delivery methods offered by NLC:

  NLC Anytime, Anywhere- Courses where you do not have scheduled classes, where you log into a program at any time and do your work.

  NLC LIVE Online- Courses where you have scheduled classes online, where you log into a program with your instructor and peers on the same day, at the same time.

  Face-to-Face- Courses where the instructor and the students are interacting at the same time, at the same physical location.

  Blended- Courses where you have a combination of face to face and online (NLC Anytime, Anywhere and/or NLC LIVE Online).



Now that you have selected your program or course, you will need to gather all required documents. You can find what documentation you need to send in under the academic requirements and other requirements section in the program description. This will help Northern Lakes College to determine your eligibility to enroll and whether you will need a placement test or if additional requirements need to be met.

NOTE: If you do not send the correct documentation, it can result in a delay or refusal of your application during the admissions process. Credentials received without an application will not be assessed.



There are two different ways to apply for programs, you will only need to apply to one of them.  NOTE: Continuing Education & Corporate Training has their own registration process, please see below for more information.

Apply Alberta – Apply Now!

Before you begin your application, we recommend that you read about the Application Process on the Apply Alberta website. If you attended High School in Alberta, you can apply through the ApplyAlberta (APAS) online application system for admission into Northern Lakes College programs.

  • Apply Alberta makes it easy for students to apply to one or more post-secondary institutions. The first time students use ApplyAlberta they will create a profile with their personal and academic history. This information is filled in automatically on each of the Alberta post-secondary applications they complete.
  • Apply Alberta facilitates the transfer of academic transcripts. Within ApplyAlberta, students authorize institution(s) to request the transfer of their Alberta Education high school and/or post-secondary transcripts. Students will not be charged a fee for transcripts transferred through ApplyAlberta.
  • Speeds up the application process. The ability to apply to multiple institutions without having to re-enter basic information and to authorize transcript transfers will save students time.

Northern Lakes College – Application for Admission
Apply for Admission into an NLC program directly with Northern Lakes College by filling out the NLC Application for Admission form. Any supporting documents can be emailed separately to or bring them to your local NLC campus.

Continuing Education & Corporate Training Courses
Please visit the Continuing Education Portal to register and purchase courses online.



I sent in my NLC Application for Admission

  1. Once you have sent in your application you will receive a pop-up confirmation message that your application was submitted.
  2. Admissions will send you an email within 24-48 hours confirming that your application was received.
  3. You will be contacted if there are any errors in your application or if there is information missing. Make sure your phone number and email are correct, this will avoid delays in your admissions process.
  4. Your application will be forwarded to an Admissions Specialist who will check your eligibility. You will be contacted if there are additional requirements or if you need a placement test.
  5. If you meet the entrance requirement and offered a seat in the program, you will receive an offered email that includes a link to a survey. You must respond to this before you will receive an official acceptance letter.

I applied through Apply Alberta
Please follow the application steps through Apply Alberta and contact them with any questions regarding your application.

I applied for a course through Continuing Education & Corporate Training
Continuing Education & Corporate Training will process your enrollment within one business day from your purchase date. You will receive and email notification of your enrollment.

NLC offers student residences in Grouard, Slave Lake, and Wabasca. Apply as soon as possible to secure your space. Find out more.


Students are responsible for making payment arrangements for their tuition. For assistance with Student Aid or more information regarding awards and bursaries, please visit