As an apprentice, you’ll spend about 80% of your time on the job, so you earn while you learn. In addition to that practical experience, you also need to sign up for a few weeks of in-school technical training each year. Practical work hours and the technical training are both required to achieve your full trades qualification.
The training schedule is posted online through Trades Training BC. To find the Camosun schedule:
- Follow the link to your specific trade.
- Select the "Vancouver Island" tab.
- Select the level you're looking for.
Direct Entry Apprenticeship programs
The following chart lists the technical training offered at Camosun.
|Architectural Trades||Carpenter||Red Seal||7 weeks|
|Construction Craft Worker||Red Seal||4 weeks|
|Electrical Trades||Electrician||Red Seal||10 weeks|
|Metal Trades||Metal Fabricator||Red Seal||7 weeks|
|Sheet Metal Worker||Red Seal||6 weeks|
|Welder||Red Seal||8 weeks|
|Motor Vehicle Trades|
|Automotive Service Technician||Red Seal||6 to 7 weeks|
|Diesel Engine Mechanic||Red Seal||8 to 10 weeks|
|Heavy Duty Equipment Technician||Red Seal||4 to 10 weeks|
|Transport Trailer Technician||Red Seal||4 to 10 weeks|
|Truck and Transport Mechanic||Red Seal||4 to 10 weeks|
|Plumbing & Pipe Trades|
|Domestic/Commercial Gas Fitter||BC Certificate of Qualification||6 weeks|
|Plumber||Red Seal||6 to 8 weeks|
|Sprinkler Fitter||Red Seal||6 weeks|
|Steam/Pipe Fitter||Red Seal||6 to 8 weeks|
|Professional Cook||Professional Cook 1||BC Certificate of Qualification||6 weeks|
|Professional Cook 2||BC Certificate of Qualification||6 weeks|
|Professional Cook 3||Red Seal||6 weeks|
Program standards for each trades's required training is set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
What to expect
To receive your "ticket" in the trade of your choice, you’ll be expected to receive apprentice training.
Each four- to 10-week, full-time apprenticeship training level requires you to come to class fully prepared.
If you’ve completed a foundation program, you are well on your way and will start apprenticeship training at Level 2.