Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies
UFV’s Explore Trades Sampler program is ideal for students, young adults, or women wishing to learn practical skills, gain general employment certifications, and explore trades careers.
This program is a unique opportunity to explore a variety of trades—including Automotive, Drafting, Electrical, Heavy Mechanical, Carpentry, Welding, and Plumbing and Piping—and to acquire basic skills that will prove fundamental if you decide to become a tradesperson. At the end of the program, you are certified in Forklift Truck, First Aid, and Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS), and you are ready to enter trade foundation training or seek an apprenticeship in the trade of your choice.
Credential: Statement of completion
Format: Full time
Delivery: In Person
Duration: 12 weeks
Days and times: Jan 9- Mar 31 | 20025, M-F, 9am-3pm * Tuition waivers available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire
Location: Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre
Off-campus location: 30645 Firecat Avenue, Abbotsford
Tuition*: $1589, including tuition costs, and books
Additional costs: Cotton Coveralls and CSA-Approved Steel toed boots are required. Vouchers may be available.
Start dates: March, September
Start dates: Please note that the Explore Trades scheduled for January 2023 will be a Woman Explore Trades cohort at our Abbotsford Aerospace campus.
Registration for Women Explore Trades now open- Email email@example.com to secure a seat
The Explore Trades Sampler program is a career exploration program that gives you the opportunity to explore select trades and earn certifications in Forklift Truck, First Aid, and Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS), which can be useful to secure general employment with retailers, warehouses, manufacturers, or processing plants.
At the end of the program, you are ready to enter trade foundation training or seek an apprenticeship in the trade of your choice.
Currently in Canada, the demand for skilled tradespeople, including electricians, welders, mechanics, carpenters, and pipefitters, has never been higher. Training in a trade can open the path to an exciting and well-paid career, if you find that this type of work suits your skills and disposition.
There is no application or entrance exam required.
Minimum age is 15.
UFV’s Explore Trades Sampler is designed for you to try multiple trades to help you decide which one you’d like to pursue as a career.
As a program participant, you get to learn on top-of-the-line equipment and tools in UFV’s spacious Trades and Technology Centre, under the supervision of an experienced instructor.
You explore a variety of trades and acquire basic skills that will prove fundamental if you decide to become a trades person.
When you complete the program, you earn the following certifications, which can be useful to secure general employment with retailers, warehouses, manufacturers, or processing plants:
You also have the opportunity to complete worksite visits as well as a career preparation module.
At the end of the program, you are ready to enter trade foundation training or seek an apprenticeship.
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