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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a knowledge base of our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer for what you are looking for, send us a message through our Contact page.

Who is eligible to participate in First Nations Technology Council programs?

Indigenous Peoples ages 18 and older living in British Columbia.

Where are your programs delivered and how?

Our programs are delivered in an online environment using a combination of Zoom video conferencing and Moodle learning management system.

Are there program prerequisites?

As our programs are currently delivered 100% online, the ability to start a laptop, connect to reliable wifi, and join a Zoom video conference call, is required. Basic writing and typing skills are sufficient.

Our flexible programs meet you wherever you are on your learning journey. Some of our programs are for beginners, while others are advanced requiring the completion of beginner programs, work and/or life experience, or a combination of both.

Learn more about our four program levels here. If you are unsure about which program is right for you, contact us.

What are the available supports?

Our programs are fully funded for Indigenous Peoples, 18 and older, living in British Columbia. Equipment and technology required for programs are provided and yours to keep upon successful completion of a program. Learners also benefit from cultural, wellness and health supports. Plus, our learner support team is always available to meet with you. Learners may also apply for a weekly living allowance (subject to funding availability).

Some programs may not be funded. Check the program you are interested in for details.

What is the length of the programs?

The length varies by program but is anywhere from two to 12 weeks. There are both full-time and part-time deliveries.

How many learners are typically in a program?

There are typically 15-25 learners in each program.

Can I participate in courses on evenings and weekends (self-paced)?

To ensure learners receive an enriching experience, all of our programs led live by an instructor. Programs are offered Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (full-time) and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (part-time).

Can I participate in a course while working a job?

This depends entirely on your program and work schedule. Programs are offered Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (full-time) and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (part-time). As programs are condensed and accelerated, we encourage learners to attend all classes. We offer financial living supports to help offset the cost of your studies.

Are the credits from courses transferrable to other educational institutions?

You will receive a Certificate of Completion and other qualifications depending on the program. Our programs do not offer credits and are non-transferrable to accredited universities.

Who are the instructors?

Our instructors are knowledgeable, innovative experts in their fields from various cultural backgrounds. We are committed to creating safe spaces grounded in our traditional cultures, values, and worldviews in all our learning environments.

Instructor availability may vary depending on their schedules.

Are the instructors Indigenous Peoples?

Many of our instructors are Indigenous. We employ a diverse group from different cultural backgrounds. While many of our staff are Indigenous, they are hired first and foremost for their knowledge and allyship with sovereign Indigenous nations.

See our instructors here.

How do I choose which program is right for me?

Explore our programs here. If you’re still not sure which program is right for you, contact our admissions team here.

How do I apply for a program?

See programs currently accepting applications here.

How is Indigenous culture incorporated into your programs?

Our course content has been built by talented Indigenous education specialists who work with subject matter experts to create optimal learning experiences for Indigenous learners. Indigenous viewpoints and paradigms have been weaved throughout our programs which set up apart from mainstream technology training programs. Our programs have a 35% higher completion rate than non-Indigenous programs.

When they are available, we also have a cultural Knowledge Holder in our learning environments.

I have completed one of your programs. What’s next?
Learners are encouraged to research career areas in advance of and during their training with us. Our Career Pathways Coordinator supports learners and alumni with networking and highlighting job-readiness skills and resources. When the opportunities are available, we are also able to connect learners with internship opportunities.

If we didn’t answer your question, or you would like to meet with our admissions team before starting your learning journey with us, contact us here or email us at skills@technologycouncil.ca, and our admissions team will be in touch with you.