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Intake
  • Fall
  • Winter

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Training Type
    Foundation (Pre-Apprenticeship)
  • Location
    Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River
  • Campuses
    Cowichan

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  • Length
    Eight Months
  • Tuition Estimate
    $4628 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1300 Total
  • Credential Granted
    • Certificate
    • Trades Foundation Program

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Qualified applicants are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is strongly recommended.

Application Fee: $39.30

Academic

One of:

Non-Academic 
  • be at least 17 years old
  • physically fit and able to adapt to working conditions
  • good hand/eye coordination
  • good health, free of vision, hearing or respiratory ailments
  • interview (if required)
Note: You should also refer to VIU's Trades general admission requirements.

Admission Advice

1. If you wish to operate vehicles and equipment a valid driver's license will be needed.

2. Enrollment in the program is limited. Admission is on a competitive basis.

English Language Requirements

Summary

If your first language is not English, you must have one of the following (minimum scores):

  • Completion of VIU's English Language Centre's University Preparation Program
  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) with no score under 19
  • An IELTS score of 6.0 with no score under 5.5
  • A CAEL score of 60
  • A B score on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

View details on Admission.

On the above web page you will have to scroll down to the following sections:

  • General Admission Requirements for University and Career/Technical Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs

 

 

Out-of-Province

View details on Admission.

On the above web page you will have to scroll down to the following sections:

  • General Admission Requirements for University and Career/Technical Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs

 

BC Transfer Student

For entry into University Programs - You must have completed at least 24 transferable university credits to be eligible for admission.

Students enrolled in a university program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Credit is assigned based on an official transcript, and where requested, by course outlines and other supporting documentation.

The Admission Office assesses transfer credit for courses taken in an academic program at other institutions. Credit may be granted for specific VIU courses, or where direct course-by-course equivalencies can not be determined, 'unassigned credit' may be granted.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

For entry into Career/Technical Programs - Students in Career/Technical programs who wish to have transfer credit assessed must submit a form to request advance credit. These forms are available from the Registration Centre.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For entry into University Programs - You must have completed at least 24 transferable university credits to be eligible for admission.

Students enrolled in a university program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Credit is assigned based on an official transcript, and where requested, by course outlines and other supporting documentation.

The Admission Office assesses transfer credit for courses taken in an academic program at other institutions. Credit may be granted for specific VIU courses, or where direct course-by-course equivalencies can not be determined, 'unassigned credit' may be granted.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

For entry into Career/Technical Programs - Students in Career/Technical programs who wish to have transfer credit assessed must submit a form to request advance credit. These forms are available from the Registration Centre.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

Mature Student

See admission details for Mature Students.

International Student

View admission information for International Students.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For other admission categories check here.

Note: By scrolling down you can access the following categories:

  • General Admission Requirements - Unclassified Students
  • Admission on the Basis of a Previous Degree
  • Special Admission
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Program

 

How to Apply

View details on How to Apply for Admission.

Note: You will have to scroll down to near the bottom of the web page for the above heading.

 


Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

Graduates of a pre-apprenticeship program may seek employment as an apprentice. After starting their apprenticeship they normally are required to complete less technical training and fewer workplace hours than those who have not completed a pre-apprenticeship program.

Individuals are strongly recommended to contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at www.itabc.ca to confirm the number of credits that their pre-apprenticeship training may provide towards their total apprenticeship requirements.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

These links lead to occupational descriptions on WorkBC.