VANCOUVER – British Columbia is introducing skilled trades certification to bring more people into trades careers and “boost prestige for the sector,” a news release states.
There will be seven trades designated for certification at the beginning of the process. Four of them are mechanical trades: gasfitter class A and B, steamfitter and pipefitter, refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic and sheet-metal worker. Three more are electrical trades: powerline technician, industrial electrician and construction electrician.
Workers in these trades will have a one-year period to get certified or become an apprentice. Certification and level exams will be free until Dec. 1, 2023.
“The change will formally recognize the skills of trades workers, helping them receive standardized training, earn higher wages and better navigate evolving industry needs,” reads the release.
The Industry Training Authority will be rebranded as SkilledTradesBC with the goal of raising the profile of skilled trades, modernizing training and implementing certification.
Three automotive trades will be available for certification come 2024: heavy-duty equipment technician, automotive service technician and autobody and collision technician.
More information for employers and workers can be found at https://skilledtradesbc.ca/skilledtradescertification.