Why Get Certified?
Getting certified for your trade in B.C. means greater career opportunities, mobility within Canada, and industry-recognized competency.
To challenge a trade means to assess your skills, knowledge, and experience against the standards set by SkilledTradesBC. Our Assessments team reviews applications, verifies employer references, and administers exams to applicants who qualify to challenge a trade certification or level exam. All challenge applications will be reviewed, and approved applications will be scheduled to write the certification exam at an approved location.
To find out how your level of experience compares to SkilledTradesBC’s standards, start by finding your trade and reviewing the challenge requirements.
Skilled Trades Certification
Skilled Trades Certification, also known as compulsory trades, is now in effect, requiring tradespeople working in 7 electrical and mechanical trades to be registered apprentices or a certified journeyperson. Learn more.
If you have more limited experience working in a trade, you may be eligible to challenge a level exam, and, if successful, receive credit for a level of technical training.
If you have extensive experience working in a trade, you may be eligible to write the certification exam and, if successful, receive certification.
Frequently Asked Questions
A practical assessment is not a requirement for all trades. You can check if this is a requirement by visiting the trade profile page, or reviewing the email sent to you from SkilledTradesBC upon approval of your application. This email contains details on how to schedule your practical assessment.
If you have extensive experience in your trade, you may be eligible to challenge the certification or Red Seal exam. Challenging a certification or Red Seal exam is a different process than challenging a level exam. Learn more.
Apprentices must complete technical training to be eligible, as per Service Canada. Level challengers are ineligible for this grant.