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Avalon Career College

Contact information
All customer service inquiries are handled by the test provider, Paragon Testing Enterprises. You can reach Paragon's customer service team via these channels:
Telephone Hours:
Monday to Friday
5:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT
8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET
5:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Avalon Career College

155 Skinner Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5E8, Canada
The test centre is located in suite #201.

About Avalon Career College

Avalon Career College is a career training institution located in the heart of Nanaimo on BC’s beautiful Vancouver Island. The College is just a few blocks up from the city’s famous waterfront parks, shops, cafes and city centre. Avalon’s test centre started accepting test takers in June 2020, in the midst of COVID-19, offering CELPIP testing on Saturdays and Sundays. In 2021, Avalon will expand its test centre to include CAEL testing and will add additional test dates to include at least one day during the week.


Parking Directions


Directions to Avalon Career College are simple.

If you are coming from the north or south of Vancouver Island, you can take the “inland” highway to the Nanaimo “City Centre” turnoff and drive straight down until you reach Skinner Street on your left (just over the Bastion Street Bridge and just before reaching the waterfront). Nanaimo is approximately 1.5 hours by highway from Victoria and 1.5 hours from Courtenay.

By Ferry

You can take Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay. Once off the ferry, go straight towards the City’s downtown area – it’s only a 5-minute drive. The office building is behind the Royal Bank of Canada which is just up from the Coast Bastion Hotel. If you prefer to walk on the ferry, you can hail a taxi once you’re outside the terminal and be at the test centre within minutes. You may want to schedule your taxi in advance if you are arriving close to the start time of your test session.

By Plane

You can take Harbour Air from downtown Vancouver or Richmond to Nanaimo. It’s a short walk up to the Test Centre from the seaplane terminal on the waterfront. Flights are normally 20-25 minutes.

By Car

There is plenty of pay parking in the parkade located right beside the test centre building on Skinner Street.





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