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What is Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a three-party agreement between an Apprentice, an employer who is willing to provide on-the-job training, and the Industry Training Authority. The Industry Training Authority will determine the terms of your Apprenticeship, maintain your Apprenticeship records and technical training results, and will provide your final examination and certification. Apprenticeship combines paid on-the-job training, work experience and post-secondary classroom instruction.

The majority of an Apprentice’s time (80 per cent) is spent learning skills and gaining experience on the job (under the direction of a highly skilled journeyperson) and approximately 20 per cent of an Apprentice’s time is spent learning in a classroom setting. The average Apprenticeship program takes four years to complete, depending on the trade. Upon completion, an Apprentice is required to write an exam in order to receive his/her Journeyperson designation.

Most apprenticeships require that you attend technical training as a requirement for completing your trade training. Each trade requires various levels of training. Normally, an apprentice will attend a block of technical training at the College for each level of apprenticeship. The technical training will provide you with additional theory and skills necessary to prepare you for your journey person examination.

Northern Lights College offers Apprenticeship training in 11 different trades areas at our two main campuses, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. All Apprenticeship trades offered at Northern Lights College lead to Journeyperson status under the Interprovincial standards (Red Seal) endorsement program. Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated.

Apprenticeship classes are ongoing in six-, seven-, eight- and 10-week intakes throughout the year. This enables Apprentices in levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 to complete their entire training with Northern Lights College.
Links to all of NLC’s Apprenticeship level programs

Ellen Thompson
Coordinator, Apprenticeships


Ph toll free:1-866-463-6652
Ph: 250-784-7605

Mark Heartt
Dean, Trades and Apprenticeship


Ph toll free: 1-866-463-6652
Ph: 250-784-7501

You can download an Apprentice and Sponsor Registration form or contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at: 1-866-660-6011.  Their website is linked here: ITA website.

How can you increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship?
  • While you are still in high school, take courses that relate to the trade you are interested in. 
  • Complete your Grade 12 education or equivalent ensuring you have completed appropriate levels of courses such as Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Math, achieving a minimum of C+ (67%). Some trades will require appropriate levels of Grade 11 English and Grade 11 Math achieving a minimum of C+ (67%). 
  • Register in a Secondary School Apprenticeship Program in your school district. 
  • Research the trade of your choice and talk with potential employers.  
  • Take a Foundation Trades Training program from Northern Lights College. 
  • Secure employment in a related field until an Apprenticeship vacancy comes open.
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