Thompson Rivers University

Open Learning


Open Learning Programs

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) offers students independent-study programs and courses to earn recognized credits and credentials by distance through Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL).

TRU programs offered through TRU-OL include adult secondary school completion, certificates, and diplomas (including advanced and post-baccalaureate), associate degrees and bachelor's degrees. Cooperative arrangements with other educational institutions, community organizations, industry, business and professional associations provide students with choices in earning recognized credentials.

Students completing certificate, diploma or degree programs by distance through TRU-OL are awarded Thompson Rivers University credentials. TRU is an accredited public post-secondary institution with membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

As a member of the British Columbia Post-Secondary Transfer System, Thompson Rivers University certificates, diplomas and degrees are accepted world-wide.

Areas of Study

TRU offers distance programs in the following areas through Open Learning:

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL are required to submit a Program Admission form.

Individual course descriptions are provided for all programs offered. Before registering, read through the information about distance education provided on this website. It examines various topics to assist students to start and continue successfully as distance learners.

TRU-OL also offers the opportunity to begin a program of study offered by University Consortium member institutions Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Victoria (UVic) without having to be admitted to these institutions.

Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops offers a selection of distance programs and courses. Refer to the TRU website for more information.

How to Apply to an Open Learning Program


Choose an Open Learning program.

Be sure to review any particular program requirements such as pre-existing education, volunteer or work experience, or professional accreditation.

Each program has a program planning fee:

  • Certificates and Diplomas: $57.30
  • Bachelor Degree Programs: $143.25

A transcript assessment fee will be required if a transfer credit assessment is requested.

  • Institutions from outside British Columbia require $85.95
  • Institutions from inside British Columbia require $45.62


Complete the Program Admission Form

Please ensure that all personal information is correct and that the correct fees are included. Also please ensure that any transcripts are directly submitted by the institution to TRU-OL at the mailing address indicated on the Program Admission Form.

Program Admission Form


Wait for Transfer Credit Assessment

Wait for your transfer credit assessment to be completed (where applicable) and a program plan to be prepared that will list all available transfer credit and all the courses that are needed to complete your certification.

Please note that any international transcripts and/or credentials must be evaluated first by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Complete details on how to request an ICES evaluation and report can be found on the ICES website at

Looking for programs in a different area?

TRU-OL is a member of Canadian Virtual University-université virtuelle canadienne (CVU-UVC), a collaboration of eleven Canadian universities that offers distance and online programs.

If we do not offer the distance program you are looking for, please visit our partners in the Canadian Virtual University consortium for additional distance and online degrees, diplomas and certificates.

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