NVIT Established: 1983

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

4155 Belshaw St, Merritt, BC V1K 1P4, Canada

Established in 1983, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the small town of Merritt, British Columbia.

  • 500-999
    Total Students


Independent member of BC’s public post-secondary education system, grant its own certificates, diplomas and associate degrees, NVIT is an Aboriginal governed post-secondary institute ,promotes First Nations traditional ways and fosters student success.

NVIT is British Columbia's Aboriginal public post-secondary institute. NVIT was formed as a private institute in 1983 by the First Nations bands of Coldwater, Nooaitch, Shackan, Upper Nicola and Lower Nicola. NVIT was designated as a Provincial Institute under the British Columbia College and Institute Act in 1995. NVIT spent years in the downtown core of Merritt, British Columbia. The Eagles Perch campus opened in 2002. NVIT is a member of the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA), which was created in 2003 to represent and work on behalf of Aboriginal controlled adult and post-secondary education institutes in British Columbia.

Specialties: trades, employment, technical institute, education, and aboriginal studies

Programs / Degrees at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology


  • Bachelor of Social Work


  • Aboriginal Community & Health Development Diploma
  • Aboriginal Community Economic Development Diploma
  • Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Diploma
  • Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System Diploma
  • Access to Practical Nursing Diploma
  • Administrative Studies Diploma
  • Chemical Addiction Worker Advanced Diploma
  • Environmental Resources Technology Diploma
  • Chemical Addiction Worker Diploma
  • Education Coordinators Diploma
  • First Nations Public Administration Diploma
  • Executive Assistant Diploma
  • Indigenous Language Advanced Diploma
  • Indigenous Language Diploma
  • Native Adult Instructors' Diploma


  • Computer Systems Information Technology Certificate
  • Construction Craft Worker Certifcate Level 1
  • Law Enforcement Preparation Certificate
  • Indigenous Language Certificate
  • Office Administration Certificate
  • Tourism Management Certificate
  • Welder Foundation Certificate Program
  • Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Employment Skills Access Certificate
  • Environmental Resource Technician Certificate
  • Aboriginal Community & Health Development Certificate
  • Aboriginal Community Economic Development Certificate
  • Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Administrative Studies Certificate
  • Aboriginal Governance & Leadership Certificate
  • Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System Certificate
  • Bridging to Trades Certificate
  • Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate
  • First Nations Public Administration Certificate
  • First Nations Speech and Language Assistant Certificate
  • Foundational Skills in Counselling Certificate
  • Health Care Assistant Certificate
  • Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation/Technician Certificate
  • College Readiness
  • Associate of Arts Degree- Criminology
  • Associate of Arts Degree- First Nations Studies
  • Associate of Arts Degree- General Arts
  • Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundations
  • Residential Construction Foundations Program

Academic Life

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Student Life

  • under-50
  • Suburban
    Campus setting
  • Private
    Control type
  • Non-Profit
  • Religious affiliation

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