Skilled Trades Certification

Updated as of June 15, 2021

Skilled Trades Certification will be implemented in B.C. for 10 trades, four mechanical, three electrical, and three automotive.

Government news release can be found here, news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AEST0039-001140​
Read ITA’s CEO Shelley Gray’s statement here, www.itabc.ca/news-and-events/ita-news.

Government and ITA public engagement will inform next steps. If you’d like to participate in the government’s public engagement, please visit engage.gov.bc.ca/skilledtrades.

More information on ITA’s public engagement will be posted here in the coming weeks. Please check back for updates.

FAQ

  1. What does Skilled Trades Certification mean?
  2. Why is Skilled Trades Certification being introduced and implemented in B.C. now?
  3. Which trades are affected by Skilled Trades Certification?
  4. Why these 10 trades?
  5. How are those in these trades specifically affected by the implementation of Skilled Trades Certification?
  6. How will journeyperson to apprentice ratios impact employers?
  7. Will an uncertified tradesperson be able to ‘challenge’ their trade?
  8. What will happen if I don’t get certified before full implementation?
  9. Who, or how will Skilled Trades Certification be enforced?
  10. My trade isn’t part of the 10 trades for STC. Do I need to do anything?
  11. Are there other trades that are being considered for STC?
  12. Does this change my technical training?
  13. If I have my Red Seal, do I still need a Skilled Trades Certification?
  14. Why do we need Skilled Trades Certification when we already have the Red Seal program?

1. What does Skilled Trades Certification mean?

Trades that are listed under Skilled Trades Certification (STC), see below, will be required to either be a registered apprentice or certified in their trade.


2. Why is Skilled Trades Certification being introduced and implemented in B.C. now?

B.C. is the only province in Canada without Skilled Trades Certification requirements.

This will increase the value of a career in the trades and will help us attract the tradespeople we need to support economic recovery.

861,000 job openings are expected in B.C. by 2029 due to retirements and economic development. Approximately 8.5% - 73,000 - will be in the trades.

More information on government’s announcement can be found on engage.gov.bc.ca/skilledtrades.


3. Which trades are affected by Skilled Trades Certification?

There are 10 impacted trades, within three categories:

  • Mechanical Trades
  1. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  2. Gasfitter A & B
  3. Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  4. Sheet Metal Worker
  • Electrical trades
  1. Electrician (Construction)
  2. Industrial Electrician
  3. Powerline Technician
  • Automotive trades
  1. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  2. Automotive Service Technician
  3. Autobody and Collision Technician

4. Why these 10 trades?

Government worked with a 16-member Stakeholder Advisory Working Group with representation from industry associations, labour, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous skills trainers, and the ITA to guide the selection of the 10 trades.

More information on the decision can be found at engage.gov.bc.ca/skilledtrades.


5. How are those in these trades specifically affected by the implementation of Skilled Trades Certification?

If you are a registered apprentice in one of these 10 trades, there is likely little to no impact.

If you are currently certified in one of the 10 trades, there is likely little to no impact.

For unregistered workers, upon implementation of the program they will have a period of time to register with an employer sponsor where a certified tradesperson can support the apprentice or challenge the process to obtain certification.

For employers, we are encouraging them to prepare for implementation by registering any unregistered apprentices. ITA has a seamless registration process that is accessible online or via mail. We are asking employers to please contact ITA’s customer service or to get in touch with the local Apprenticeship Advisor. Information can be found at itabc.ca or call our customer service team at 778-328-8700.


6. How will journeyperson to apprentice ratios impact employers?

This will be part of ITA’s engagement over the upcoming months. ITA’s engagement will be integral to building this into implementation and we hope employers will participate fully in this process to ensure their perspectives inform the decision-making process.


7. Will an uncertified tradesperson be able to ‘challenge’ their trade?

Yes, ITA has a robust trades qualifier process, for more information contact ITA at 778-328-8700.


8. What will happen if I don’t get certified before full implementation?

ITA will work closely with both employers and workers to ensure they have every opportunity to meet their certification requirements. This model is about supporting individuals to be successful in achieving their certification.


9. Who, or how will Skilled Trades Certification be enforced?

More information will be available in the coming months.

The purpose of engagement is to determine the best way for implementation that will support apprenticeship success. This process will include and consider the most appropriate way to ensure compliance among workers and employers moving forward once implementation begins.


10. My trade isn’t part of the 10 trades for STC. Do I need to do anything?

No.


11. Are there other trades that are being considered for STC?

At this time, we're focusing on the 10 trades. We will continue to collect feedback and input from our stakeholders to build on Skilled Trades Certification and evaluate the need for additional trades as they come up.


12. Does this change my technical training?

The technical training will continue as it does today.

ITA is very proud of the programs and training the province has in place which put the apprentices experience at the centre of program development.


13. If I have my Red Seal, do I still need a Skilled Trades Certification?

No. If you’re already certified in your trade, you’ve already met the requirements of Skilled Trades Certification.


14. Why do we need Skilled Trades Certification when we already have the Red Seal program?

The Red Seal Program is a recognized interprovincial standard of excellence in the skilled trades and ensures recognition of certification for a trade, throughout Canada, without further examination. Skilled Trades Certification is a provincial requirement to be either registered or certified in a trade to legally work in BC. If a person already has an Interprovincial Red Seal they have met the requirements of the Skilled Trades Certification.


 

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