Overview

British Columbia’s skilled trades system involves many people and organizations. Here’s how the key players work together:

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is responsible for leading and coordinating the skilled trades training and credentialing system for the province. ITA provides strategic leadership, policy support and customer services to help apprentices, employers and industry. ITA sets program standards, maintains credential records and issues the highly regarded Interprovincial Red Seal and B.C. Certificate of Qualifications (C of Q) credentials.

Find out more about Who’s Who in B.C.’s apprenticeship system.

Training Providers

Training Providers are the public and private colleges and schools offering technical training to support trade programs. ITA contracts with Recognized Training Providers to offer courses at locations around the province.

Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) is responsible for the Red Seal Program, which develops common interprovincial standards and examinations. The CCDA is undertaking the Harmonization Initiative in 30 Red Seal trades by 2020. British Columbia is an active participant in this initiative.