About the Academy

Since 1987, participants of our programs have been successful in securing employment opportunities with employers right here on Cape Breton Island. Employers who appreciate people who are well-trained with the appropriate skills, and are able to perform in today's work environment. Such is the case of students trained at Island Career Academy.

We're committed to serving the needs of students by offering quality training as it relates to today's work environment. Our training programs are designed to provide students with skills to help them find and maintain meaningful employment. See what our Students have to say.

Our Philosophy

Island Career Academy has designed its training programs so that each student receives industry driven training. This ensures that students have both the practical as well as the academic skills to enter the work force. The education received at Island Career Academy is enhanced by our student workterm placement program. In addition, the low student/instructor ratio.

"Conscientiously concerned about the people we work with." A quote not often heard or seen written at Island Career Academy, as we live it. It is our motto and our philosophy as we provide students with the skills to succeed in today's ever changing work world.

A decision to attend Island Career Academy is a step in the right direction toward gaining meaningful employment. We hope you find our web site informative and useful. Should you have any suggestions, please contact us.

Who we are

Since 1987, participants of our programs have been successful in securing employment opportunities with employers right here on Cape Breton Island. Employers who appreciate people who are well-trained with the appropriate skills, and are able to perform in today's work environment. Such is the case of students trained at Island Career Academy.

We're committed to serving the needs of students by offering quality training as it relates to today's work environment. Our training programs are designed to provide students with skills to help them find and maintain meaningful employment. See what our Students have to say.

Island Career Academy is Registered with the Province of Nova Scotia. Click here to View the Private Career Colleges Act and Regulations.
Click here to also view Island Career Academy's Certificate of Approval.

Our Goals

To produce high quality graduates with career skills training that will qualify them for immediate entry into the workforce. To provide students with training skills and communication skills that will enhance their role in the workforce and the community. To provide students with a curriculum that is relevant in today’s market, and equipment that is of state-of-the-art technology. To provide training in an environment that is truly unique, such that students are provided with a comfortable atmosphere which is conducive to the learning process.

unique aspect of Island Career Academy is the fact that every student who completes program requirements receives an on-the-job training placement of between six and sixteen weeks;depending on the program of enrollment. In addition, students receive lifetime employment placement assistance, along with access to our Resource Centre. The Resource Centre includes job search materials, resume and cover letter writing material, as well as a computers to create, update, and print job resumes and cover letters. The lab is Internet connected to avail students Internet access for employment search and resume uploads.

Island Career Academy is registered in accordance with the Private Career Colleges Regulations Act. Click here to view Private Career Colleges Regulations. Programs are registered by the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

Funding Options

Please note that application forms for Student Assistance should be completed with the assistance of an admissions officer at Island Career Academy before being submitted to the Student Assistance office. Island Career Academy representatives are available at a time of your convenience to assist in this process. Contact an Admissions Officer at Island Career Academy by calling 902.564.6112.

Canada/Provincial Student Assistance - Eligible students may obtain assistance through the Canada/Provincial Student Loan programs. The amount the individual student is entitled to may vary depending on personal circumstances. Students must qualify by making an application to the Student Assistance office in the province of residence. Nova Scotian students can click here for a link to Nova Scotia Student Assistance. Funding can also be obtained from other sponsoring agencies. Skills Development is an employment program of Employment Nova Scotia that provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to help them obtain the skills training they need to obtain employment. For further information on Canada/Provincial Student Assistance, Service Canada or other sponsoring agencies programs contact an Admissions officer at Island Career Academy by calling 902.564.6112.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements vary depending upon the chosen program. See below for a complete list of requirements. Should you have questions or concerns about if you qualify for admittance to a program, contact Admissions by calling 902.564.6112.

Human Resources


Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent (GED)
See details on this program

Massage Therapy


Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent (GED)
Clear Criminal Record Check
See details on this program

Community Residential Worker


Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent (GED)
Clear Criminal Record Check
Child Abuse Registry Check
See details on this program

Early Childhood Education


Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent (GED)
Clear Criminal Record Check
Child Abuse Registry Check
2 Letters of Reference
See details on this program

Office Administration


Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent (GED)
See details on this program

Continuing Care Assistant


Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent (GED)

An applicant may be considered who is at least 21 years of age and has been out of school for at least one year.
Clean Canada-wide Criminal Records Check
Able to meet the physical and mental demands of the job.
Provide own transportation that is acceptable to their placement agency. See details on this program

Paralegal/Legal Assistant


Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent (GED)
See details on this program

Medical Office Administrator


Nova Scotia High School Completion or Equivalent (GED)
See details on this program

On-the-job Training

On The Job Training The Student Work Placement Program is implemented under the guidance of our Employment Development Coordinator and is a vital component of our graduates' success. Each and every one of Island Career Academy's full time diploma programs include a work-term with varying periods of time. This ensures that graduates receive valuable experience in a work environment relevant to their course of study.

All students who successfully complete the instruction/theory portion of their program receive a work term placement.

The success of our programs is largely due to a process that places students in an environment that is both suitable and compatible to the individual and his/her specific course of study. Much time and effort goes into ensuring that students and work term hosts receive maximum benefit from the work term experience.

The fact that many graduates have been successful in obtaining employment through their work term shows there is great support for this program, an essential component of each full time program.

The bottom line is Island Career Academy produces high quality graduates with career skills training that enhance their performance in the workforce.

The Graduate Assistance Program

An extremely high percentage of our graduates find work in their field of study. More than 99% of CRW and CCA graduates are working in their fields in 10+ years! Notwithstanding, the graduate assistance program ensures that graduate students have access to ongoing support from Island Career Academy. Services currently available to students through the GAP include:

  • Lifetime employment assistant placement
  • Resume updates
  • Cover letter writing and other employment assistance related items

Graduates may contact our counsellors for assistance in these areas. Graduates enjoy free admission to seminars regarding employment: i.e. job search skills, resume preparation, etc., free technology access: graduates are granted access to computers for the purpose of employment assistance related items, such as internet access for world wide web employment searches. Graduates are also offered tuition-free upgrading in any course previously taken. For complete information on the programs and services we offer:
Call us at (902) 564-6112
By fax at (902) 562-6175
Visit or write us at 721 Alexandra Street, Sydney, N.S. B1S 2H4
or check out one of our programs here on our web site

Student Placement or Hire

If you are an Employer wanting to participate in practicum placements for students or hire graduate students or from any of our programs of study, please contact our Student Services Coordinator: by mail at 721 Alexandra Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1S 2H4 via telephone at 902.564.6112 or fax at 902.562.6175 or email: cathy.burt@islandcareeracademy.ca