The Trade ApprenticeshipGetting Started in the Trades

How it works:

A trade apprenticeship is how you gain the knowledge and skills you need for a career in your trade. Most apprenticeships take about four years to complete. You’ll spend approximately six to eight weeks per year in the classroom or shop learning from an instructor. The rest of the year, you’ll earn while you learn, working on a job site alongside experienced tradespeople and getting paid to do it.

Your path to apprenticeship:

As a trade apprentice, you’ll spend part of your time in a classroom or shop, learning from a skilled trades instructor. The rest of the year, you’ll earn while you learn, working on a job site alongside experienced tradespeople. At the end of your trade apprenticeship, ITA will award you a trade credential or “certificate” that allows you to work in different places in BC, throughout Canada or all over the world.

The Trade Apprenticeship:

  • 20% Classroom Training

    In a classroom or shop at a university, college or private institution.

  • 80% Work-Based Training

    Earn while you learn on a job site, working alongside your employer sponsor and experienced tradespeople in your field.

  • 6,000 - 10,000

    Hours up to 4 years to complete Apprenticeship

Certification Exam:

  • Certificate of Qualification

    Work anywhere in BC (and maybe other provinces too, depending on the trade)

  • or
  • Red Seal Endorsement

    Work in most provinces in Canada (if your trade is one of 50 Red Seal trades)

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