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Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies

Trades & industry

Start your journey in the skilled trades

Discover a career in trades, from carpenter to heavy mechanical technician to welder, and more. Choose from over 20 foundation and apprenticeship programs ranging from a few months to several years.

Whether you want to maximize your employability with an interprovincial Red Seal certification or gain foundational knowledge in a field, our hands-on, industry-based programs will prepare you for in-demand careers in the trades.

Discover trades and industry programs

  1. Browse the list or enter a keyword to find available programs. If you are not sure what type of program you are looking for, use the search field to narrow down your options by format, credential, or pathway.
  1. Click on a program name to learn more.

FT = Full-time
PT = Part-time
 = Program recognized as a Red Seal Trade

Foundation vs. apprenticeship: what's the difference?

A foundation program provides you with the basic knowledge and skills required to enter a particular trade. Apprenticeship training allows you to combine paid work experience with technical training in the classroom or shop setting.

Learn more about foundation vs. apprenticeship & other pathways to trades »

ProgramsFormatCredentialRed Seal Trade
Architectural drafting FT Certificate No
Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Foundation FT Certificate Yes  
Automotive Service Technician Foundation FT Certificate Yes  
Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship FT Certificate Yes  
Building Service Worker PT Statement of completion No
Carpentry Foundation FT Certificate Yes  
Carpentry Apprenticeship FT Certificate Yes  
Electrical Foundation FT Certificate Yes  
Electrical Apprenticeship FT Certificate Yes  
Floral Design PT Certificate No
Heavy Mechanical Foundation FT Certificate Yes  
Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship FT  Certificate Yes  
Professional Cook Apprenticeship FT Certificate Yes  
Plumbing Foundation FT Certificate Yes  
Plumbing Apprenticeship FT Certificate Yes  
Cabinetmaking (Joinery) Foundation FT Certificate Yes  
Welding Foundation FT Certificate Yes  
Welding Apprenticeship FT Certificate Yes  
Explore Trades FT Statement of completion No
Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills Employment Training (SASET) Culinary Arts program Pre-apprenticeship FT Statement of completion No
Power Line Technician Pre-apprenticeship FT Statement of completion No


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.


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