Trades, Apprenticeship and Technical

All NIC training programs follow the criteria set by SkilledTradesBC to ensure your trade qualifications meet current industry standards. From foundation through apprenticeship levels, NIC’s expert faculty will guide you on your journey to your Red Seal.


Foundation programs combine apprenticeship Level 1 with theory, knowledge and skills needed for entry into a trade, without needing an employer sponsor.

Apprenticeship Levels

Apprenticeship levels are the in-class portion of your apprenticeship training, following the criteria set by SkilledTradesBC, as you work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) ticket.

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The NIC Advantage

  • Harmonized curriculum allows for easy transferability
  • Trades classes capped at 16 students
  • New workshops at NIC’s Campbell River campus
  • Industry-connected faculty
  • Significant hands-on-experience

Youth Train in Trades

Youth Train in Trades is a SkilledTradesBC approved youth program which allows students to earn high school graduation credits, foundation trades (pre-apprentice) credentials and workplace hours required for trade certification while still in high school.

NIC Alumni Say


The student-to-instructor ratio is low, so you get a lot of hands-on time and time to ask questions and really delve into the materials. I would definitely recommend coming to NIC.

Cassandra Kuryliak
NIC plumbing Apprenticeship student