Interested in trade programs but not sure where to begin? Learn about the different entry points available and start building your path to a career in the trades whether it’s through a foundation program, apprenticeship training, or an alternative pathway.
Review the key features and differences between the two main pathways into the trades sector.
- Get the basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to enter a particular trade.
- Learn in the classroom and in-school shop setting.
- Get credit towards an apprenticeship and gain experience in your trade, making it easier to get an employer to sponsor your apprenticeship.
Trades apprenticeship training
- Combine paid work experience (about 80%) with technical training in the classroom or shop setting (about 20%).
- Earn a Certificate of Qualification (accepted in B.C.) or your Red Seal (recognized across Canada).
- May take up to four years to complete.
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Not interested in a program or apprenticeship training?
Choose from a large selection of part-time and full-time courses to try your hand at a specific trade, upgrade your current skills, or just explore new interests.
Offered through the Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies, these courses are ideal if you want to take classes for professional advancement or personal enrichment. While not all courses qualify for university credits, many of them are recognized by employers.