Apprenticeship training

Heavy mechanical

Get your Heavy Mechanical Red Seal

Heavy mechanical is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Red Seal program. Earning your Heavy Mechanical Red Seal Endorsement marks you as a skilled worker, opening job opportunities for you across Canada.

The Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship program consists of four levels of training with ten weeks for Level 1, eight weeks for Level 2, six weeks for Level 3, and four weeks for Level 4. UFV is offering all 4 Levels.

In Level 4, you have to the option to specialize in either Commercial Transport or Heavy Duty. After completion of your Level 4 apprenticeship, you are prepared to write the Interprovincial Examination leading to final Red Seal certification.

If you are not currently working as a heavy mechanical technician, you may consider enrolling first in UFV's Heavy Mechanical Foundation program to gain the entry-level skills needed to secure employment. As a graduate of the program, you get advanced apprenticeship placement when you find an employer to sponsor you.

Upcoming schedule

Level 1
 October 2020 - seats available 
Level 2

 January 6 - February 28, 2020 - waitlisted

 January 2021

 January 2022

Level 3

 March 9 - April 17, 2020 - waitlisted

 March 2021

Level 4-Heavy Duty

 September 2020 - waitlisted

 April 2021

 September 2022

Please note: this schedule is subject to change

Class days/hours

Monday to Thursday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Please email if you have any questions.

Steps to apply

  1. Submit an online application through the UFV portal for the Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship program (please note you will apply for apprenticeship but not a specific level as that will be determined in step 2).
  2. You will then receive an email, to the email address you submitted on the application, asking for additional information (level required, ITA #, employer, etc).
  3. You will then be scheduled for the next available intake.

Apprenticeship Tax Credits

If you are enrolled in an apprenticeship program administered through the Industry Training Authority (ITA), you may qualify to receive grants and subsidies.

Please visit the ITA website for more information.

There are also tax credits available for employers sponsoring students through their apprenticeships.

Fees and costs

Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship Level 1 — fees and costs 2018/19
Length 10 weeks
Tuition $1,371.90
Student Fees $156.45
Total $1528.35


Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship Level 2 — fees and costs 2018/19
Length 8 weeks
Tuition $1,097.52
Student Fees $156.45
Total $1253.97


Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship Level 3 — fees and costs 2018/19
Length 6 weeks
Tuition $823.14
Student Fees $156.45
Total $979.59


Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship Level 4H and 4C — fees and costs 2018/19
Length 4 weeks
Tuition $548.76
Student Fees $156.45
Total $705.21

Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice. Revised: November 2019

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