Upgrading Qualifications

By upgrading your qualifications and retraining throughout your career, you’ll be able to keep up in B.C.’s fast-changing labour market.

High School Diploma

Most jobs in B.C. require a minimum of a high school diploma. You can earn yours – as well as prerequisites for post-secondary programs – through Adult Basic Education and the Adult Graduation Diploma Program. Tuition is free, and you may be eligible for grants to help with expenses such as books and supplies.

Post-Secondary Options

In addition to a high school diploma, the majority of jobs in B.C. require some post-secondary education or training.

Post-secondary programs can take many forms – from individual training courses to multi-year degree programs. Explore post-secondary options.

Post-Secondary Credit

Complete a Prior Learning Assessment to find out if your previous work experience, training or credentials could qualify for credit toward a post-secondary course or program.

If you earned credentials in other provinces or countries, you may find that they are unfamiliar to B.C. employers. To improve your chances of finding a job, find out more about having your credentials assessed.

Education Planning

Employment Services Centres

B.C. Employment Programs

Check if you qualify for B.C. programs and services that could help you gain skills and find employment.

Some examples:

  • BladeRunners
  • Women in Trades training
  • Skills Connect for Immigrants
  • Labour Market Sector Solutions