Apprentice working on machinery

Apprentice Training

Earn while you learn. 

Program at a glance



Area of Study

Trades & Apprenticeship

Study options


Blended delivery

Work experience


Open to International



5-10 weeks depending on trade

At a glance image

a student decked out in welding gear is working on a piece and covered in sparks

Get a job, then go to school

Start dates vary

An apprenticeship is a two-way agreement between you and your employer/sponsor to provide you with appropriate opportunities to become fully competent in the trade of your choice. Your on-the-job training is supplemented with technical training in a classroom or shop setting.

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Two ways to get started in Trades

Technical training for registered apprentices

If you are currently employed as an apprentice, you can get your required technical training at Camosun. Depending on which trade you've chosen, you'll be in school for five to 10 weeks in each year of your apprenticeship.

Our instructors are certified and experienced in their fields and are passionate about sharing that knowledge. While at Camosun you will develop your skills in communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, mathematics, and safe work practices.

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 of Qualification.

Foundation & pre-employment programs

Foundation and pre-employment certificate programs combine in-class learning with hands-on practical skills, making you well-positioned to begin an apprenticeship.

When you graduate you'll also receive an equivalent credit for Level 1 technical training as well as some of the required work-based training hours.


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 technical training are both required to achieve your full trade qualification.

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Direct Entry Apprenticeship programs

The following lists the technical training offered at Camosun. Approx. cost per level. 

Architectural Trades

  • Carpenter - Red Seal - 7 weeks - $663
  • Construction Craft Worker - Red Seal - 4 weeks - $663

Electrical Trades

  • Electrician - Red Seal - 10 weeks - $1,071

Metal Trades

  • Metal Fabricator - Red Seal - 6 or 7 weeks - $561
  • Sheet Metal Worker - Red Seal - 6 or 8 weeks - $663
  • Welder - Red Seal - 8 or 10 weeks - $867

Motor Vehicle Trades

  • Automotive Service Technician - Red Seal - 7 weeks - $663
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic - Red Seal - 8 to 10 weeks - $765
  • 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 - $663
  • Plumber - Red Seal - 6 to 8 weeks - $663
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic - Red Seal - 6 to 10 weeks - $663
  • Sprinkler Fitter - Red Seal - 6 weeks - $663
  • Steam/Pipe Fitter - Red Seal - 6 to 8 weeks - 663

Professional Cook

  • Professional Cook 1 - BC Certificate of Qualification - 6 weeks - $663
  • Professional Cook 2 - BC Certificate of Qualification - 6 weeks - $663     
  • Professional Cook 3 - Red Seal - 6 weeks - $663

Program standards for each trade's required training are set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

Curriculum & courses

Camosun's Trades Apprenticeship Schedules

Trades Apprenticeship schedules

Register for Apprenticeship Technical Training

Ready to get started at Vancouver Island's largest provider of trades training? Camosun accepts applications to apprenticeship technical training programs year-round. 

Steps to register

Participation Requirements

All trades programs have a mandatory attendance requirement. If you miss three days in an apprenticeship class, you’ll be required to withdraw from the course. In exceptional cases, the Chair may recommend an exemption to this policy. The final decision on withdrawal from a program will rest with the Dean. You are ultimately responsible for your own learning and for meeting the requirements of the program. You are encouraged to communicate issues concerning your program with your instructor or Program Chair.

Trades Chairs

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

Kyle Broad

Kyle Broad

Chair, Motor Vehicle and Metal Trades

Kyle began his Trades career when he successfully completed the Red Seal apprenticeship program in Automotive Mechanical Repair at Camosun College in ...

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Faculty/staff profile

Jamie McPherson

Jamie McPherson

Plumbing and Pipe Trades; Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Following in his father’s footsteps, Jamie started his career in the piping trades back in 1987 when he started a sprinkler fitting apprenticeship. Af ...

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Faculty/staff profile

Carmen deGoey Chair, Electrical Department

Carmen deGoey

Chair, Electrical Department

Faculty/staff profile

David Lang

David Lang

Chair, Culinary Arts

Faculty/staff profile

Albert van Akker - Program Chair

Albert van Akker

Chair, Architectural Trades and Carpentry Program Leader

Al completed his four-year Carpentry Apprenticeship here at Camosun in 1996. As a carpenter he worked for Knappett Projects on a number of sites, gain ...

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Contact information

Trades Apprenticeship

Contact us

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
Trades and Technology • CTEI 102
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1