Foundation Trades Training Programs

If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employment in industry in a specific trade, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship.

Upon completion of a Foundation Trades Training program, graduates will have completed up to two levels of technical training towards their chosen Apprenticeship, accumulated hours of work experience, and developed enhanced employability skills.

A Foundation program runs from 20 weeks to 10 months in duration, depending on the trade. Upon successful completion of the program, and after securing employment with an employer, you receive credit for your first- and/or second-year Apprenticeship technical training in that trade.

See this page for more information regarding enrollment.


Northern Lights College offers the following Foundation trades programs:

Certificate in Automotive Service Technician (Dawson Creek South Peace campus)
Certificate in Enhanced Carpentry Foundation (Dawson Creek campus and Fort St. John School District 60)
Certificate in Electrician Foundation Trades (Fort St. John campus)
Certificate in Hairstylist Foundation (Dawson Creek South Peace campus)
Certificate in Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation (Dawson Creek South Peace and Fort St. John campuses)
Certificate in Millwright Foundations (Dawson Creek campus)
Certificate in Piping Trades Foundation (Dawson Creek campus)
Certificate in Professional Cook Apprenticeship Level 1 (Dawson Creek campus)
Certificate in Welder Foundation (Dawson Creek campus)

See the schedule of upcoming intakes for more information.