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Machinist: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Average Cost Range: $45 to $200; Contact: 604.456.8100 for details
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • Machinist- Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement; Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Coordinator Contact
    BCIT Apprentice Services: 604-456-8100 or 1-800-667-0676 (Canada & US only). Email

Application Deadline Advice

This program is not available to international students.  View available programs.

Please refer to the Apprentice Admissions information on the BCIT website. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 01
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Level: 02
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Level: 03
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Level: 04
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Related Foundation Programs

Not ready for an apprenticeship program? This Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) program may be of interest:

Apprenticeship Training

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:


For updated details regarding Machinist, please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.

Machinists set up and operate all machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, saws, grinding machines, drilling and boring machines, shapers, planers, precision measuring tools, hand and power tools, and related attachments and accessories.
The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.
The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 870 hours (typically 29 weeks).  Level One is 7 weeks (210 hours), Level Two is 8 weeks (240 hours), Level Three is 8 weeks (240 hours) and Level Four is 6 weeks (180 hours). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.
The work-based training totals 6,330 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 211 weeks of training. 
Note: For more information about previous changes to the program due to the Pan-Canadian Trades Harmonization Initiative, visit: OPSN 2019 006.
Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Perform Safety Related Tasks
  • Perform Hand Processes
  • Use Applied Mathematics
  • Use Measuring Tools
  • Interpret Drawings and Reference Materials
  • Select Materials
  • Refurbish Components
  • Use Drilling Machines
  • Use Power Saws
  • Use Lathes
  • Use Milling Machines
  • Use Support Machines
  • Use Precision Grinders
  • Use C.N.C. Machines


(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)

Grade 10 or equivalent, including:
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent
Advisor Tips
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credits Granted

Too and Die Maker - Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: None

Millwright - Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: None
Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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