Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University



Program Level
Certificate in Information Technology College
Diploma in Information Technology and Management College
Bachelor of Computing Science University
Bachelor of Technology University
Bachelor of Technology (Technology Management) University
Bachelor of Technology (Trades and Technology Leadership) University
Water Treatment Technology Program College

When you are admitted to a program, you are assigned a TRU-OL program advisor who will answer your questions and provide you with a program plan to guide you through your studies.

Students who plan to complete a TRU credential through Open Learning must complete and 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.

Refer to information about TRU-OL course delivery formats, which includes requirements for web-based courses.

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants must have a proficiency in English at a level suitable to the course or program of study for which they are applying. Students who have English as a second language may be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Refer to detailed information about the English proficiency requirement.

Admission Requirements

Most Technology programs have open admissions, but there are some exceptions; students should refer to the requirements of the program they are interested in.

Residency Requirements

Most TRU programs offered through Open Learning have residency requirements as specified in the program descriptions. Program residency requirements means that before a student can receive a credential from a particular institution (such as TRU), they must complete either a predetermined number of that institution's credits or else a certain percentage of the program through the institution that will be awarding the credential. The number of credits or percentage of the program is specific to a post-secondary institution but can be as high as 50% of a total program (60 credits out of 120 credits) for an undergraduate degree.

TRU-OL's program residency requirements can be met by:

  1. Taking courses with TRU (either on campus or at a distance)
  2. Taking courses with TRU's consortium partners: the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University
  3. Acquiring credit through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Financial Assistance

Students applying for financial assistance must meet specific residency requirements, which differ from program residency requirements. See the Student Awards & Financial Support page for full information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

PLAR allows a student to earn academic credits for knowledge, training and skills gained through work and life experience.

Students who have applied for or been admitted to a TRU-OL Arts program may be eligible for credit based on an assessment of their non-formal or prior learning. There is generally no limit on the amount of PLAR that can be credited to TRU-OL programs in which PLAR applies. However, note that PLAR credit awarded by TRU-OL toward a TRU credential may not be transferrable to other post-secondary institutions.

TRU-OL accepts PLAR credit from all BC post-secondary institutions that have formally adopted the recommended BC provincial standards.

PLAR Contacts

For more about PLAR and how to apply, refer to the PLAR policies pages.

Email PLAR Advising.

Call toll-free: 1.800.663.9711 (Kamloops and International) or call 250.852.7000.