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

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.

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 the technical training are both required to achieve your full trades qualification.

Direct Entry Apprenticeship programs

The following 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 - 6 or 7 weeks

Sheet Metal Worker - Red Seal - 6 or 8 weeks

Welder - Red Seal - 8 or 10 weeks

Motor Vehicle Trades

Automotive Service Technician - Red Seal - 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

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic - Red Seal - 6 to 10 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 trade's required training are set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).


Curriculum & courses

Trades Apprenticeship Schedule

View Camosun's 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 ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

Jamie McPherson

Jamie McPherson

Chair, 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 ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

Carmen deGoey Chair, Electrical Department

Carmen deGoey

Chair, Electrical Department

Faculty/staff profile

Chair, Culinary Arts

David Lang

Faculty/staff profile

Albert van Akker - Program Chair

Albert van Akker

Chair, Architectural Trades & 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 ... Read more

Contact information

Trades Apprenticeship

Contact us

Campus location

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