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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Building Maintenance Certificate


Program update

 This program is not accepting applications.
Communities or organizations interested in offering this program locally can contact the office of the Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship Programs 


The Building Maintenance program provides students with theoretical and practical skills in building maintenance and repairs. There are three levels that make up this certificate. Students learn to perform minor carpentry, drywall, electrical, flooring, painting, plumbing, refrigeration and ventilation, and roofing repairs, maintenance, inspections, testing and problem-identification.

Career Prospects

Opportunities exist and are anticipated to increase in the local and regional district for industry camp maintenance and residential rental property maintenance which will require Building Maintenance Workers.


No intakes are scheduled at this time.


720 hours; approximately 24 weeks long.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Trades/Apprenticeship

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1$ 2,462.40$ 149.76$ 515.96$ 3,128.12

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 8,848.80$ 149.76$ 515.96$ 828.00$ 10,342.52

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Admission Requirements

Complete either A, B, or C:

A. Completion of Grade 10:

Must include all of:

  • English 10
  • Math 10 (Pre-Calculus, or Applications, or Principles, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Math)

B. Upgrading

All of:

And one of: 

C. Placement Testing

Complete the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):

  • Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher

Post-Admission Requirements

The following safety certification must be completed prior to the first day of classes:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid – Level 1
  • Fall Protection
  • Aerial Manlift
  • Confined Spaces

All five certifications must be valid throughout the program. Failure to provide proof of completion of these courses may result in immediate dismissal from the program. 

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students must provide personal tools.
  3. The program is affiliated with West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement100% of each level must be completed at Northern Lights College or by approval of the Dean
Minimum Grade Requirements70% minimum in all courses

All of:


Certificate in Building Maintenance