Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Training

Advance your skills and qualifications in the heavy duty mechanics trade. Develop specialized skills for a career as a heavy duty equipment technician, truck and transport mechanic, transport trailer technician, or diesel engine mechanic. NIC offers all four levels of apprenticeship training in line with the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: See schedule and note below
Length: 6-10 weeks/lvl
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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Forestry is one of the key industries in Campbell River, and there is a need for a lot of heavy duty mechanics in this area.  A lot of the guys I went to school with are working locally so it’s important to have the program here.

Jake Manners, NIC Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Level 4 student 

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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
  • 2021 Winter: January 4 - March 12 *new stream
  • 2021 Fall: September 7 - November 12 *new stream

HVA-200 - Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Level 2

  • 2020 Fall: October 13 - December 4 *new stream
  • 2021 Spring: May 10 - July 2 *new stream
  • 2022 Winter: January 10 - March 4 *new stream
  • 2022 Winter: April 19 - June 10 *new stream

HVA-300 - Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 2021 Winter: March 22 - April 30 *new stream
  • 2021 Fall: November 15 - December 24 *new stream

HVA-400 - Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Level 4

  • 2020 Fall: September 8 - October 2 *new stream
  • 2022 Winter: March 14 - April 8 *new stream


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. 

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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.
  • You can access math review resources from: https://www.nic.bc.ca/student-services/assessment-services/placement-assessments/math-placements/. Should you find you need further support please contact our student services department about upgrading classes.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

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

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

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


In addition, 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.

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.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Grand Total
Tuition $979 $785 $586 $393
NISU Fees $50 $35 $35 $20
Books $1,200 $450 $450 $450
Learner Resource $56 $41 $41 $20
Total $2,285 $1,311 $1,112 $883 $5,591

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.