Start a trade

Start a trade September

By 2022, there are expected to be one million job openings in B.C., 44% of which will be in the skilled trades, hospitality, and technical occupations.

Learn the valuable hands-on skills you need to land a good-paying job.  Choose one of the certificate programs below to start in September or view the complete list of trades offered at UFV and get your name added to a waitlist for the program of your choice.

Aircraft Structures

With an Aircraft Structures Technician certificate from UFV, you are equipped to start working for national or regional airlines, air transport companies, or aircraft and part manufacturers.

Once you complete our Transport Canada-approved training, you are qualified to start your career as an aircraft structures apprentice and go on to earn your Aircraft Maintenance Engineer S license (AME S license). 

Automation & Robotics

Opportunities for automation and robotics technicians exist in virtually every sector, from agriculture to health care to manufacturing.

If you have already earned your  Electronics Technician Common Core at UFV or elsewhere, consider entering UFV’s cutting-edge Automation and Robotics diploma program to diversify your employment opportunities or bridge into an engineering program.

Automotive Service Technician — New intake

UFV Trades is adding a new section to the Automotive Service Technician program for September. This is a high-demand program: enroll soon to reserve your seat.

 UFV's ten-month Automotive Service Technician program can provide you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to enter the automotive industry. Training is key to launching a successful career as an auto mechanic, as advances in automototive technology require knowledge of advanced diagnotic equipment and electronic systems.

At UFV, you'll have many opportunities to apply what you learn in a shop equipped with the latest technology, under the supervision of seasoned instructors with in-depth industry experience. When you complete the program successfully, you can secure advanced placement in UFV's Auto Service Technician apprenticeship training.

Carpentry

UFV's Carpentry program is designed to prepare you for employment opportunities in the construction industry and related businesses such as building equipment, supply sales, shipping and delivery, building maintenance, and renovations. Applicants may be eligible for funding through B.C. Access Grant

Once you graduate, you have the option of advanced placement in the UFV Carpentry Apprenticeship program to prepare you to earn your Red Seal certification, which opens the door to higher wages and better opportunities in the field.

Collision Repair and Refinishing

With UFV’s ten-month Automotive Collision Repair program, you acquire the technical skills necessary to perform in any shop, while also developing the design flair that is so valued when working on custom vehicles, hot rods, and race cars.

As soon as you graduate, you are ready to work in car and truck dealerships, repair shops, custom paint and body shops, and garages that specialize in collision repair.

Culinary Arts

In any restaurant, hotel, or commercial kitchen, culinary training can help you boost your earning potential as you progress from prep or line cook to sous chef, executive chef, or even restaurant owner.

UFV Culinary Arts provides the rigorous training necessary to perform in any kitchen and earn your Professional Cook Red Seal certification. Our instructors are professional chefs who support you to master the trade while also developing your own set of specialties and tested recipes. Applicants may be eligible for funding through B.C. Access Grant.

Hospitality Event Planning

UFV’s Hospitality Event Planning certificate fully equips you to plan, promote and run professional events in the growing hospitality industry.

As a successful graduate, you are qualified to work in hotels and resorts, destination marketing organizations, tour companies, food and beverage outlets, tourism associations, convention centres, cruise ships, and facilities such as golf courses, theme parks, and sports or entertainment centres. 

Joinery

UFV’s Joinery program prepares you to use CAD drafting software to design cabinets and furniture, operate computer numerical control (CNC) routers to cut wood panels, and read drawings to assemble complex designs according to specifications.

When you complete the program, you may enter into the provincial apprenticeship program with full credit for Level 1 and 2. You are fully equipped to work both in small shops with basic equipment or industrial facilities with the latest woodworking technology.

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