​​​​Trades are diverse and often well paid jobs that are acquired through apprenticeship.  Trades apprenticeship is an alternative to University with a credential issued at the end of the in class training (15%) and work based training (85%).
There are many different occupations that are considered trades, explore them to find out the possibilities.  (see BC and Red Seal trades)

As a secondary student there are two ways to pursue trades while earning high school credit:

    Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) – Start with an employer, get paid, and do your work based training.
    Start the trade by doing a foundation course that combines school training with hands on applications. (ACE IT – Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training)

For all trades there are Essentials Skills that are required to succeed.  If you would like to know what essentials skills are needed for a specific trade please go to our essential skills area to find out more.

Short Cuts and Links
Apprenticeship Online - Ministry site
ITA Your Ticket
Career in Trades

Programs Available
Discover Trades BC
Red Seal - interprovincial
Study Guide for Able Test