Access trade training programs

To work as a certified tradesperson, you need training combined with job experience.

Trades training usually takes from one to five years. Most apprenticeship programs take four years. The technical training takes place in a classroom or shop setting at a public institution such as a college or institute or at an approved private training institution.

To earn your “ticket” as a certified tradesperson in B.C., you must:

  • complete the required on-the-job hours and the in-school training
  • pass the examinations
  • earn the recommendation of your sponsoring employer.
Trades training in B.C. gets high marks from participants. In a 2014 survey of apprenticeship students, 96 percent said that the quality of instruction was good, very good or adequate.

Find out more about training for a career in trades.

  • Industry Training Authority Programs – Look through the list of trades in B.C. that are managed by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
  • Public and private trades training providers – Find out where to get training. In addition to colleges and universities, private institutions and unions also provide technical (or classroom) training.
  • Trades Training Seat Finder – Save time and use this tool to find trades training spaces that are available.
  • Programs for Youth – Get a head start on your training. Check out Youth Programs that give you the chance to try out different trades while you’re still in high school.
  • UpgradeBC – Need to upgrade or complete high school level courses before you can start your trades training program? Use the tool to find a post-secondary institution or school near you that offers tuition-free upgrading courses.