Camosun is Vancouver Island's largest provider of trades training, and is known for training excellence in more than 20 trades and apprenticeship programs.
Design, build and power your career.
As a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning student, you are part of our School of Trades & Technology.
The School of Trades & Technology plays a vital role in training tradespeople, technicians, technologists and artisans on Southern Vancouver Island. We offer a variety of programs and courses to meet your needs, whether you’re just starting out or ready to advance your career, or looking for personal interest courses through Continuing Education. Learn more.
From Foundation to Apprenticeship
Foundation and Pre-employment programs
Foundation and pre-employment certificate programs run six to ten months each and provide a comprehensive introduction to the trade. These programs combine in-class learning with hands-on practical skills, making you well-positioned for entry-level employment or start an apprenticeship. Foundation programs also provide a head-start on apprenticeship training by covering the technical learning outcomes required in your first apprenticeship year. Foundation grads receive credit for Level 1 technical training as well as some of the required training hours. Learn more.
Technical training for registered Apprentices
If you've already been hired as an apprentice, you can get your required technical training at Camosun without starting in the longer Foundation program. Depending on which trade you've chosen, you'll be in school for five to ten weeks in each year of your apprenticeship.
Camosun offers apprenticeship training in a wide variety of trades, including 12 trades with the Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement. Successful completion of all levels leads to the BC Certificate in Apprenticeship Technical Training. Learn more.
Member of the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia's skilled trades system. ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades.
Established in 2004, the ITA is a provincial crown agency and governed by a nine-person Board of Directors. Learn more.
Graduates will find employment and apprenticeships in every facet of industry including: Construction, Shipyards, Pulp and Paper, Refineries, Commercial and Residential Heating, Building Maintenance, and Gas Distribution. These include apprenticeships in the designated compulsory pipe trades: Plumber, Domestic/Commercial Gasfitter, Sprinkler System Installer and Steamfitter/Pipefitter. The program has also benefited those students seeking employment with employers in other piping trade related fields, such as the irrigation industry, municipal services, solar systems installation, or plumbing wholesale suppliers.
Some of our business associates and work experience supporters include the following:
- Victoria Shipyard
- Department of Naval Defense
- West Bay Mechanical
- Nanaimo Shipyard
- Island Energy Inc.
As a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, your starting average annual salary will be approximately $53,000 per year.