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Work placements

Updated: May 4, 2021

Work experience courses are a graduation requirement for almost all NSCC programs. Given the spike in COVID-19 cases and subsequent provincial lockdown, all programs have been reviewed to determine where work experience courses could be made optional and where they must proceed (now or deferred to a later date).

View the status of every work experience course by program  (PDF 154KB)

Important: Any student who would like to opt out of a work experience course that has been deemed optional must withdraw from the course

Completing your work placement 

We are committed to supporting students as they work to complete courses and work placements through these dynamic and challenging times. The lockdown is affecting employers’ ability to support work placements in different ways. Some are able to continue with remote work options or modified in-person options. Some employers need additional time to understand how they can accommodate a work placement. 

  • If an employer reaches out to you to cancel or postpone your work placement, you should immediately notify your faculty or placement coordinator.
  • If your employer contacts NSCC to cancel or postpone your work placement, you’ll be notified by your faculty or placement coordinator. Please check for daily updates and communications from your faculty.

If you are on placement now, please note: 

  • If you don’t feel well, don’t attend your work placement. Notify your faculty member and/or your work placement supervisor based on your work placement absence protocol.
  • If there is a COVID-19 exposure at your workplace site, follow Public Health guidelines. If you have questions about what you should do, check with 811.
  • Monitor public health advisories for potential exposure alerts. If you were at a listed site at the date and time noted, follow Public Health directions. If Public Health has issued a self-isolation order, do not come to campus or attend your work placement. Notify your faculty member and/or your work placement supervisor based on your work placement absence protocol.

The deadline to complete Spring work experience courses has been extended to August 4, 2021. You should work with your faculty or work placement coordinator for any support you may need. You can also find helpful resources available through our Career and Employment Services Hub.

Withdrawing or opting out 

If you need to withdraw from your work experience course or are opting out, please:
  • Notify your faculty immediately.
  • Submit a course change form
    • Forms received by May 19, 2021, will have the course removed from your transcript.  
    • Forms received between May 20 and Aug 4 (last day of term) will result in a withdrawal (W) on your transcript.  
    • Students who do not submit a form to actively withdraw by Aug 4 will receive a fail (F) on their transcript. 
If you withdraw from a work experience course in the Spring 2021 term, and have not yet graduated from the program, you will not be charged tuition if you enrol in this same course in the 2021-22 academic year.


Some students who withdraw from work experience courses may be eligible for a refund:

  • Part-time students who paid tuition for a work experience course are eligible for a 95% refund prior to the May 12, 2021, refund deadline. For more information, please contact your campus business office. 
  • Students who were enrolled full-time in the Winter 2021 term are not eligible for a refund. Enrolment in work placement in the spring term is delivered at no tuition cost to full-time students.