On December 1, 2022, Industry Training Authority (ITA) became SkilledTradesBC. While their role in advancing B.C.'s skilled trades system hasn’t changed, it has expanded. This includes a larger focus on raising the profile of skilled trades, modernizing their approach to trades training, and implementing Skilled Trades Certification.
Under Skilled Trades Certification, it is mandatory for all trade workers to be a registered apprentice or fully certified to work in specific trades, starting with seven electrical and mechanical trades in December 2023. Three automotive trades will be introduced as Skilled Trades Certification trades in 2024 and will have one year to transition once announced.
SkilledTradesBC has also enhanced supports to Apprentices and Trade Qualifiers, or experienced workers, in the Skilled Trades Certification trades.
To help Apprentices and Trade Qualifiers pass their IP Red Seal exams, SkilledTradesBC has applied a $170 subsidy per 30-hours (1 week) of course time to eligible programs. The following courses have qualified for this subsidy and their regular tuition will be reduced:
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