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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Explore Trades for Adults


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 


Explore Trades for Adults introduces students to a variety of trades paths available at NLC in a short period of time. Students will gain an understanding of the standards, materials, instructional methods and academic performance associated with various foundation and apprenticeship trades pathways through exposure to four of the trade areas available for study at Northern Lights College.

The four trades areas of focus will be a combination selected from the following: Carpenter, Welder, Plumber, Electrician, Auto Service Technician, Heavy Mechanical Trades Technician, Millwright, Cook, or Oil & Gas Operator.


No intakes are scheduled at this time.


300 hours; approximately 12 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$ 1,026.00$ 71.88$ 295.61$ 1,393.49

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 3,687.00$ 71.88$ 295.61$ 828.00$ 4,882.49

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Admission Requirements

  • Must be 19 years old by the first day of classes.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students must provide personal protective equipment (CSA approved steel toed safety boots).  Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.
  3. The program is affiliated with SkilledTradesBC.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement100% of each level must be completed at Northern Lights College or by approval of the Dean
Minimum Grade RequirementsPASS (70%) minimum in all courses

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