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Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Training

Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved apprenticeship training

Where: Campbell River
Starts: See schedule and note below
  • Advance your skills and qualifications in the heavy duty mechanics trade
  • Be in demand. The BC 2025 Labour Market Outlook predicts heavy duty mechanics will be among the most in-demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary education in BC, with 2,800 job openings by 2025.
  • Work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) designation


  • Quality education. Our student success rate confirms the quality of instruction at NIC as our graduates have some of the highest completion rates in the province.  
  • Excellent facilities. Exceptional value. We have up-to-date shops and equipment and highly experienced instructors. Our tuitions are some of the lowest in the province and accommodations in this beautiful part of Vancouver Island are very reasonable.  
  • Industry-approved training. NIC works closely with a program advisory committee, comprised of industry professionals and local employers, to ensure you receive the best, most current training possible. 

Heavy Duty Technical Training

All NIC, training programs follow the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority of BC (ITA) to ensure your trade qualifications meet current industry standards. NIC works closely with industry to ensure your apprenticeship training is of the highest quality.

Note: The ITA has implemented changes to the heavy duty mechanic trade. For the next few years, NIC will be offering both a new stream and an old stream of technical training levels. To ensure you are enrolling in the appropriate stream, see the schedule tab. Please visit the ITA website for more detailed trade information: 

Old Stream
HVA-200 Level 2: six weeks
HVA-300 Level 3: six weeks
HVA-400 Level 4: six weeks
New Stream
HVA-100 Level 1: 10 weeks
HVA-200 Level 2: eight weeks
HVA-300 Level 3: six weeks
HVA-400 Level 4: four weeks

For more information on apprenticeships visit the ITA website.

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to students in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration Office.

You are required to obtain the following basic supplies and tools:

  • coveralls
  • steel-toed safety boots or shoes (WCB-approved)
  • safety glasses (CSA-approved)
  • pens, pencils, eraser, paper
  • calculator, Sharp EL-520WBBK recommended
  • text books and learning guides for your level

All supplies are available for purchase at the NIC Bookstore.


Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must be ITA registered apprentices.
  2. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing "Heavy Duty" and the level of training as the program name.
  3. Complete and submit the NIC Apprentice Training Registration form. 

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

To Be Successful

  • You will find greater ease and success in your training if your abilities in mathematics, reading and writing are at a sufficient level. NIC Assessment Services is available to provide math and English assessments year-round. If you need to refresh your skills or upgrade in a few areas, those classes are available at NIC.
  • You are encouraged to develop a workplace plan with your employer to make sure you are practicing all related trade skills.
  • School training periods can be very intense, especially because of the quantity of reading you will be required to do. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to complete readings in advance.
  • The math pre-test link is a review exercise and can be used as an indicator of your current math skills. Should you find you need further support please contact our student services department about upgrading classes.

Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Training Classes

Dates and classes may change or be cancelled depending on demand. 
Apprentices enrolling in technical training must take their training in sequential order, Level 1, then 2, then 3, then 4.  You must complete all levels of technical training to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination.
HVA-100 – Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Level 1
  • 2017 Fall: October 10 - December 15 *new stream
  • 2019 Winter: February 18 - April 26 *new stream
  • 2019 Fall: October 15 - December 20 *new stream

HVA-200 - Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Level 2

  • 2018 Winter: February 13 - April 6 *new stream
  • 2018 Fall: September 10 - November 2 *new stream
  • 2020 Winter: February 3 - March 27 *new stream

HVA-300 - Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 2018 Winter: January 2 - February 9 *new stream
  • 2018 Winter: April 16 - May 25 *new stream
  • 2019 Winter: January 7 - February 15 *new stream
  • 2019 Fall: September 3 - October 11 *new stream

HVA-400 - Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Level 4

  • 2017 Fall: November 20 - December 15 *new stream
  • 2018 Fall: November 12 - December 7 *new stream
  • 2020 Winter: January 6 - January 31 *new stream


Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Grand Total
Tuition $925 $740 $555 $370
NISU Fees $45 $35 $30 $20
Learner Resource $50 $35 $35 $20
Total $1,020 $810 $620 $410 $2,860

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an apprenticeship?
    An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and an employee where the employee (the apprentice) commits to learn the trade while working for the employer and the employer commits to provide on the job training, time away from the workplace for the apprentice to attend technical training classes and to pay the apprentice a certain percentage of the journeyperson wage rate, which increases as the apprentice progresses through the training.
  2. What is a journeyperson?
    A journeyperson is a person who has received a Certification of Qualification in a trade. A journeyperson is then entitled to be referred to by the trade name (ie: carpenter, electrician, millwright, heavy duty mechanic, etc.)
  3. What training will I take?
    Apprenticeships normally consist of approximately 80 per cent on the job training and 20 per cent in-school technical training. While working on the job site, the apprentice is to learn the trade under the tutelage of a journeyperson, who is assigned responsibility for the apprentice’s training. The apprentice is also required to attend technical training classes. The classes are most commonly held in colleges and depending on the trade consist of six to 10 weeks of classroom training during each year of the apprenticeship.
  4. How long does an apprenticeship last?
    An apprenticeship lasts one to five years, depending on the trade, and the rate the apprentice progresses through the training. Most apprenticeships are four years.
  5. How much will I earn?
    The rate of pay depends on the rate being paid a journeyperson in the same trade with the same employer. Although it is dependent on the employer, the rates are often 50 per cent for the first six months and rising through 55 per cent, 60 per cent, 65 per cent, 70 per cent, 75 per cent, 80 per cent, 90 per cent at the end of each six month period. Rates vary by trade and by employer. 
  6. What certification will I receive upon completion of my apprenticeship?
    You will receive a Certification of Apprenticeship and upon completion of the BC exam you will also receive a BC Government Certification of Qualification (C of Q). Apprentices in many trades may also write the Interprovincial (Red-Seal) exam. This certification is recognized across the country and enables Red-Seal qualified journeypersons to work in those trades across the country. In some trades in BC, the Red-Seal exam is used as the C of Q exam.

Daren Germaine

Daren Germaine


Trades & Apprenticeships

RSE, Commercial Transport

Subjects: Heavy Duty Apprenticeship
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 ext. 7826 | Location VIG - 214

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