On December 1, Industry Training Authority (ITA) transitioned to a new organizational name, SkilledTradesBC, along with a new mandate. While our role in advancing B.C.'s skilled trades system hasn’t changed, it has expanded. This includes a larger focus on raising the profile of skilled trades, modernizing our approach to trades training, and implementing Skilled Trades Certification. Our organization will continue to advance B.C.’s skilled trades system to meet the needs of British Columbians. We do this by working closely with employers and industry partners to uphold the highest standards in certification, fund trades training for apprentices and promote a wide range of rewarding, well-paying careers that are essential for our communities.
SkilledTradesBC’s CEO Shelley Gray shares more from her perspective about this organizational transition and why she is excited by our expanded mandate and new name which will make it easier for people across the province to understand who we are and what we do. To hear more about this, watch our short video here.
While B.C. has a strong and effective trades training system that offers multiple pathways for individuals to achieve certification, it is also the only province with no mandatory trades certification. In June of 2021, the Government of B.C. announced the new Skilled Trades Certification program to be implemented by SkilledTradesBC. We started implementing this program for the first seven trades beginning December 1, which includes the following trades:
- Electrical: construction electrician, industrial electrician, powerline technician
- Mechanical: refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, gasfitter A & B, steamfitter/pipefitter, sheet metal worker
Three additional automotive trades (heavy-duty equipment technician, automotive service technician and autobody and collision technician) will be introduced as Skilled Trades Certification trades in 2024 and will have one year to transition once announced.
Read more about the importance of certification in the Government of B.C.’s news release here. And if you are a worker or employer in one of the Skilled Trades Certification trades and want to start your journey to Skilled Trades Certification now, find out more here.
How to Reach SkilledTradesBC
Although we are now operating under a new name, our day-to-day focus on supporting the tens of thousands of apprentices, employers and other trades training partners like yourselves remains the same. Our ITA contact information, website and email addresses are being transitioned to SkilledTradesBC over the next few days, however the ITA contacts will still work. Please update and start using our new contact information which includes:
- Website: www.SkilledTradesBC.ca
- Phone: 778-328-8700; Toll Free in BC 1-866-660-6011
- Email: CustomerService@SkilledTradesBC.ca
- Social Media: @SkilledTradesBC
- How can I find SkilledTradesBC?
The good news is all of our existing ITA emails, phone numbers, website and social media will still work. However, we encourage you to start using the contact information above to contact us in the future.
- My certification is issued by ITA. Is it still valid or do I need a new certification updated?
All certificates, wallet cards and registration cards that were processed by us before December 1 will still use the name ITA. These will continue to remain effective. Any documents processed after December 1 will use SkilledTradesBC.
- Will this delay issuing certificates/wallet cards etc?
We do not anticipate any significant delay during this transition from ITA to SkilledTradesBC.
- I am a sponsor and I have apprentices who have ITA issued apprentice registration cards and SkilledTradesBC registration cards. Do I need to replace all ITA issued registration cards?
No. Registration cards issued under the name of ITA or SkilledTradesBC are valid proof of apprenticeship. There is no need for these to be reissued.
- Another business/regulator won’t accept my ITA/SkilledTradesBC certification now. What should I do?
Both certificates are still valid and you should be able to continue to use all ITA certification previously issued. Please contact our customer support team and they can provide you with guidance to ensure that you are able to continue to use any and all official documents issued by either ITA or SkilledTradesBC.
- Will the name change impact apprentices who are currently part way through the system?
No, all progress apprenticeship records will remain the same. Some apprentices who receive certification at each level will end up with some levels issued by ITA and some by SkilledTradesBC, but both are valid.
- Will my AIG or ACG grant be impacted due to the name change?
No, both ITA and SkilledTradesBC issued letters and certifications are valid to apply for your grants.