6 Steps to Success

Step 1

Read the program profile for your training program.

The program profile gives you a description of the type of work you will do and lists the requirements for your trade. Pay attention to the details like:

  • How many levels of technical training you will need to take
  • The number of hours you will need to work
  • Information about your final certification exam and how you can prepare throughout your apprenticeship
  • Other requirements for your program

It’s important that you review your program profile carefully. Talk about it with your employer sponsor so that you both understand the requirements. If anything seems unclear, ask your employer sponsor, or contact us.

Step 2

Understand the relationship with your sponsor and/or employer.

Every registered apprentice has both an employer and a sponsor.

The employer is the person or company who hires you, and pays you for your work.

The sponsor is the individual, company or organization who is registered with ITA, who commits to helping you get opportunities to learn on the job, and reports on your progress.

In most cases, the employer and sponsor are the same person or organization. Sometimes, however, they can be different: for example if a union sponsors you and sends you out to different job sites for work experience. In that case, the union is your sponsor, and the employer is the person you are working for.

Building a good working relationship with them is important to make sure the investment in you benefits everyone.

Step 3

Register for school.

Sign up for technical training with an SkilledTradesBC recognized training provider. You may find a school in your community, or you may have to travel or relocate for a couple of weeks each year to complete in-school training.

Check out Trade Programs and find a list of SkilledTradesBC Recognized Training Providers for your trade.

It’s also a good idea to talk to your employer sponsor about the best time to be in school. You will want to confirm, for example, the busiest times for your industry. Chances are, your employer will want you on the job when it is busy at work and find time for you to be away at school when business is quieter. You want to go to school about once every year so you can get a balance of in-school theory and on- the-job practical experience. Review the class schedule with your employer and choose a course that works for both of you.

Step 4

Track your hours and work with your employer sponsor to report them to SkilledTradesBC every 3 to 6 months.

Do you have experience in the trade or a related trade?

You might be able to get credit towards your apprenticeship for your previous work experience.

Sign into your account often to make sure the hours you have worked have been recorded there. If your hours are not up to date, talk to your employer sponsor.

Step 5

Pass your final certification exam with 70%.

Your final certification exam is usually scheduled at the end of training during your final level of in-school training. You will be tested on the learning of your entire apprenticeship. Your instructor will spend some time on exam preparation, including a review of the theory from all levels of technical training. Take advantage of this review and plan on spending time on your own to prepare.

Step 6

Track your Certification

Once you’ve completed your work based training hours, your technical training and your exams, SkilledTradesBC will ask your employer sponsor and the certified journeyperson who supervised you to sign a Recommendation for Certification form. By signing that form, they are saying that, in their judgment, you are now working at the skill level of a certified tradesperson. Follow up with your employer sponsor to make sure your form is signed off and returned to ITA.

Once SkilledTradesBC has received the signed Recommendation for Certification, we will send the certificate package to your employer sponsor. Again, follow up and ensure your employer sponsor signs your certificates and sends them to you.

This is your apprenticeship. Take charge of it.