Applied and Technical Studies

Trades discovery program

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.

But how do you decide which trade is for you?

UFV’s ten-week trades discovery program is a special opportunity for you to sample multiple trades to help you decide which one you’d like to pursue as a career.

It is ideal for students, young adults, or women wishing to learn practical skills, gain general employment certifications, and explore trades career opportunities.

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.

Registration begins December and is on a first come/first served registration system. There is no application or entrance exam required.

Summer 2017 Program: June 26 to September 1

Monday to Friday, 9 am-3:30 pm

Trades explored

You explore a variety of trades and acquire basic skills that will prove fundamental if you decide to become a trades person.

  • Drafting
  • Electrical
  • Heavy mechanical
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Plumbing & piping


  • $1495, including tuition costs, and books.
  • A pair of steel-toed footwear is also required and not covered in the cost.


Trades and Technology – Canada Education Park
5579 Tyson Rd
Chilliwack, BC

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Phone: 604-847-5451
Toll Free: 1-888-504-7441, local 5451
Fax: 1-604-824-7931

Certification earned

When you complete the program, you have earned the following certifications, which can be useful to secure general employment with retailers, warehouses, manufacturers, or processing plants:

  • Forklift Truck (forklift training)
  • H2S Awareness
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)

Career preparation

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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