Apprenticeship in BC

How do I become an apprentice?

Visit ITA BC to learn more about apprenticeships in BC. If you are considering a career in the skilled trades, but are not sure where to start, the CLAC Training Team can help you make informed career decisions by providing assistance with

  • understanding the apprenticeship pathway to a career in the skilled trades;
  • apprenticeship entry and educational requirements;
  • applying for apprenticeship funding, loans, and grants;
  • finding the right technical education for you;
  • career opportunities with CLAC employers; and
  • safety training required to work on the jobsite.

Contact us to learn more.

Can CLAC sponsor me?

In BC, apprentices can be directly sponsored by their union. Apprentices sponsored by CLAC will receive:

  • Convenience: We can track, organize, and support your progress through the apprenticeship.
  • Educational Expertise: We have intricate understanding of the apprenticeship system. If you have questions or concerns about your apprenticeship Red Seal, you can come to us for assistance.
  • Administration: We have contacts at the ITA, and can do all the necessary paperwork and correspondence.
  • Seamless Reporting of Hours: We will update your hours with the ITA on a regular basis.
  • Training Partnerships: We have partnered with other training/certification institutions.

What reimbursements does CLAC offer?

CLAC will reimburse member apprentices up to $850 per school year for tuition fees, exam fees, and books.

If you received a grade of 90 percent or higher on your final exam, you can receive an additional $100 bonus.

You can apply for a maximum of two claims per year.  

Courses, other than apprenticeship courses, that are covered are limited to:

  • B Pressure Welding (one time only)
  • CWB Welding (one time only)
  • Scaffolding
  • Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor
  • Construction Craft Labourer

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if:

  • You are a member in good standing of a CLAC local
  • You have worked at least 1,500 hours per school year with a CLAC signatory employer that contributes to the Education and Training Fund (ETF)
  • You have an official school document to show that you’ve successfully completed the term 
  • You can provide a receipt for tuition and/or books
  • You have returned to a CLAC signatory employer that contributes to the ETF following completion of your schooling

How do I apply?

To learn more, and to find application forms, sign in to your myCLAC profile.