08 July 2021

A new Skilled Trades Certification system will soon support good jobs and more career opportunities for apprentices and trades workers in British Columbia.

This is a long-term solution to provide more opportunity for trades workers to benefit from post-secondary training and credentialing. It will lead to good jobs and higher wages, while ensuring B.C. has enough skilled trades workers to meet the needs of our future economy.

There will be more than 70,000 trade job openings over the next 10 years – 77% of these due to retiring trades workers. The Skilled Trades Certification will help ensure there’s enough skilled trades workers to fill these roles.

It will also support more workers in having their skills recognized and standardized at a high level. As well, it will increase productivity for employers and encourage the trades as a career choice for existing trades workers and prospective apprentices.

Watch this video to see how the Skilled Trades Certification is valuable for journeypersons, apprentices and industries. 

To start, 10 trades are selected for certification:

  • Mechanical (4): refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, gasfitter A & B, steamfitter/pipefitter, sheet metal worker
  • Electrical (3): electrician (construction), industrial electrician, powerline technician
  • Automotive (3):  heavy duty equipment technician, automotive service technician, autobody and collision technician
Do you work in an electrical, mechanical or automotive trade? Are you one of the 10 trades slated for Skilled Trades Certification? Keep up to date on the new made-in-B.C. trades certification.