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Training and Preparation for Construction Careers


Preparing Your Resume for a Construction CareerMore than 30 public and private training institutions have been approved by BC’s Industry Training Authority to provide trades training and apprenticeship programs.

What Is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a learn-while-you-earn education program that teaches the theory behind the work in a classroom, and provides practical application and experience in a real-life work context. In BC there are more than 100 apprenticeship programs which, upon completion, give trades workers a government-recognized credential often referred to as a certification or “ticket”. Someone who has certification is often referred to as a “certified tradesperson”. With certification, workers are able to demonstrate a defined skill level in their trade and will typically earn more than workers who don’t have it.

Where Can I Get Training for a Career in Construction?

Construction-related training programs are available in BC at the following institutions:

BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) – offers a wide variety of trades and apprenticeship programs for the construction industry including programs for architectural/building engineering, automated woodworking processes, boiler making, carpentry, civil/structural engineering, construction management, drafting, dry waller, electrician, environmental engineering, gas fitter, glazier, heat and frost insulator, joiner, lather, millwright, painting and decorating, pile driving, plastering, plumbing, sheet metal work, steam fitting/pipe fitting, steel fabrication, welding.

Camosun College – offers programs in carpentry, sheet metal and an electrician apprenticeship.

Kwantlen University-College – offers programs in carpentry, cement masonry, drafting, electronics technician, millwright, sheet metal and welding.

Malaspina University-College – offers programs in carpentry and welding.

Northern Lights College – offers a carpentry credit which can be transferred to an apprenticeship program.

Northwest Community College – offers a certificate program in carpentry designed to prepare workers for entry-level employment.

University College of the Cariboo – offers a nine-month introductory course to carpentry, an electrical apprenticeship training program, an introduction to plumbing and a welding program.

University College of the Fraser Valley – offers a full-time drafting program designed to prepare students for entry-level employment, a joinery certificate and a welding certificate program.

Vancouver Community College – offers a variety of drafting programs.

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