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Table of Contents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ______________________________________________________v. INTRODUCTION __________________________________________________________1

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PLANNING YOUR WAY

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SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS

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INDUSTRIAL WORKSITE TRAINING

Where Do You Start? ________________________________5 • Career Maps and Decision Trees ___________________7 • Deciding on a Career Path ________________________8 • How to Get There ________________________________8 • Decision Tree A: Planning Your Way _________________10 Get the Right Grounding for Your Career ________________11 • Essential Skills __________________________________13 • High School Diploma/Upgrading ___________________15 • Post-secondary and Career/Trades Training Preparation ____________________________________17 • Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) _______18 • Where Can I Find these Programs? _________________19 • Funding Options _________________________________20 Get Certified – Keep Safe ____________________________23 • What is It? Certification Descriptions ________________26 – Airbrakes Endorsement ________________________26 – ATV Rider Safety ______________________________26 – Bear Aware/Awareness _________________________27 – Level 1 Chainsaw Safety ________________________28 – Coastal Spill Response _________________________28 – Confined Space Entry __________________________29 – Fall Arrest/Protection/Working at Heights__________29 – Fire Suppression ______________________________30 – Forklift Safety_________________________________30 – Hoisting and Rigging ___________________________31 – H2S Alive ____________________________________31 – Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 ______________32 – Snowmobile Safety ____________________________33 – Spill Response ________________________________33 – Traffic Control and Flagging _____________________34 – Transportation Endorsement (for First Aid) _________34 – Transportation of Dangerous Goods Certificate _____35 –

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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Certificate _____________________________35

Where Can I Get It? _____________________________ 36 Programs with Certification Packages _______________40 Certifications Offered as Part of Occupational Training _42

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IN-DEMAND TRADES INFORMATION

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Decision Tree B: Trades Programs____________________ 49 Getting Started in the Apprenticeship Trades ___________ 52 The Six In-demand Apprenticeship Trades _____________ 57 – a. Construction Millwright ________________________57 – b. Crane Operator _______________________________59 – c. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic ________________61 – d. Heavy Equipment Operator _____________________65 – e. Industrial Electrician___________________________67 – f. Welder ______________________________________71 The Two In-demand Non-Apprenticeship Trades ________ 74 – g. Drillers and Blaster ____________________________74 – h. Truck Driver _________________________________77 Decision Tree C: Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs ________________________________________ 83 1. Field of Work: Biology and Environmental Sciences/ Natural Resources Management __________________ 88 – 1a. Biology/Ecology _____________________________89 – 1b. Environmental Sciences/Resource Management __98 – 1c. Forestry ____________________________________112 2. Field of Work: Geology and the Geosciences _________ 115 – 2a. GIS/Geomatics ______________________________117 – –

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2b. Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences/ Geoscience _________________________________120 2c. Mining _____________________________________124

3. Field of Work: Engineering ________________________ 125 – 3a. Diploma Programs ___________________________128 – 3b. Degree Transfer Programs ____________________130 – 3c. Degree Programs ____________________________136

Get Ahead, Make the Most of Your Career ________________ 139 • Decision Tree D: Career Advancement ________________ 141 • Career Advancement Decisions ______________________ 143 • Acquire a Mentor__________________________________ 144 • Obtain Red Seal Qualification for Apprenticeship Trades _ 144 • Obtain Professional Credentials _____________________ 145 • Acquire Complementary Skills _______________________ 146 • Take Supervisory and Management Courses ___________ 154 • Use Your Skills in a New Way ________________________ 155 • Acquire Post-graduate Credentials ___________________ 157 • Start Your Own Business ___________________________ 162

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TRANSITIONS

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Changing Lanes______________________________________ 167 • In a Training Program and Considering a Switch ________ 169 • In a Training Program and Can’t Continue in Full-time Studies__________________________________________ 170 • Need to Retrain, but Need an Income at the Same Time _ 170 • Current Industry Sector is in a Downturn ______________ 171

DIRECTORY: NORTHWESTERN BC TRAINING PROVIDERS AND ORGANIZATIONS ______________ 175

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THE END …OF THE BEGINNING _________________________________________________ 181

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Acknowledgments

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he Northwest Labour Market Partnership would like to acknowledge all the organizations and individuals who have given their time and expertise to the Regional Training Plan initiatives. Special thanks to the Government of British Columbia for recognizing the importance of, and providing the funding for, the Partnership project through the Labour Market Development Agreement, and to BC Hydro, the sponsor of the Northwest Labour Market Partnership. The result of the collaboration between these partners has been the development of this resource, The Northwestern BC Careers Sourcebook.

Loren Kelly Steering Committee Member BC HYDRO: Bruce Barrett, P. Eng. Vice-President, T & D Major Project Delivery LMP Project Contributor Tim Jennings, P. Eng. Senior Project Manager, T & D Major Project Delivery LMP Steering Committee Member Lesley Wood Stakeholder Relations Specialist, Capital Projects Communications and Consultation LMP Project Contributor Gail Murray Steering Committee Member BC HR Task Force Exploration, Mining, Stone, Sand & Gravel (BC Task Force) David Bazowski Steering Committee Member Alex Pietrella Steering Committee Member Community Representative – Terrace Executive Director of Kitimat Terrace Industrial Development Society Kathy Bedard Steering Committee Member Community Representative – Prince Rupert Executive Director of Hecate Strait Employment Development Society

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Avanti Kitsault Mine Mark Premo Steering Committee Member SHELL CANADA: Daria Hasselmann Steering Committee Member Murray Slezak Alternate Steering Committee Member Claire Marshall Steering Committee Member

Northwest Community College Lorrie Gowen Steering Committee Member

Skeena-Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics Don Ramsay Implementation Coordinator

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development Tracy Black Ex-officio

Northern Development Initiative Trust Dean McKinley Steering Committee Member

Labour, BCGEU Doug Dykins Steering Committee Member

Aboriginal Economic Development Ryan Leighton Steering Committee Member

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Clean Energy BC Loch McJannett Steering Committee Member Pacific Northwest LNG (Petronas) Tessa Gill Steering Committee Member BG Group Herb Pond Steering Committee Member University of Northern British Columbia Phil Burton Steering Committee Member

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elcome to the Northwestern BC Careers Sourcebook. Do you want to learn, work, live and play in Northwestern BC? If yes, then this Sourcebook is for you! The Northwestern BC Careers Sourcebook is one of the initiatives of the Northwest Labour Market Partnership project and sponsored by BC Hydro. It was developed to address the lack of information about training programs identified in the Labour Market studies conducted in 2011. Through this research, the Northwest Labour Market Partnership project identified eight trade areas and four fields of work that are in-demand in the Northwest: 1. Heavy Equipment Operators 2. Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics 3. Drillers and Blasters 4. Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics 5. Truck Drivers 6. Crane Operators

1. Biologists, Forestry Technologist and Technicians, Land Survey Technologists and Technicians 2. Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists 3. Engineers: Civil, Electric, Geological, Mechanical, Mining 4. Supervisors/Managers

7. Industrial Electricians 8. Welders These occupations will be in high demand during the next decade to meet the needs of current and future projects in the region. The Northwestern BC Careers Sourcebook highlights these eight in-demand trades and four in-demand fields of work. The information provided in the Sourcebook focuses on these occupations and organizations that can provide support to apprentices/students. This resource has been designed to assist those looking to start and develop their careers, for example: high school students/graduates, the unemployed, and the underemployed. The sourcebook provides information about training programs, includes links to other resources, and makes suggestions to help you determine your path towards achieving your career goals. Each section of this sourcebook has a specific purpose. Check the Table of Contents to direct your search. Career Maps and Decision Trees are tools to help you identify potential careers.

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The following is a list of abbreviations used in the Sourcebook and their meanings. This list will help you understand and find your way to great organizations and training providers on your journey to a career in Northwest British Columbia.

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ABCFP

Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals

ABE

Adult Basic Education

ACE

Applied Coastal Ecology

ACE-IT

Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Industry Training

ASET

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training

ASTTBC

Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia

BCAMTA

British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association

BCCA

British Columbia Construction Association

BCIT

British Columbia Institute of Technology

BEAHR

Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources

BEng

Bachelor of Engineering

BSc

Bachelor of Science

CAD

Computer-aided design and drafting

CCEE

Canadian Centre for Environmental Education

CCPG

Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists

CEAB

Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board

CFIB

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

CNC

College of New Caledonia

COQ

Certificate of Qualification

CTAB

Canadian Technology Accreditation Board

ELTT

Entry Level Trades Training

EMAT

English/Math Achievement Test

ESA

Employment Skills Access

ETCP

Environmental Technician Certificate Program

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FCAW

Flux-cored Arc Welding

FPDT

Fox Professional Driver Training

FWR

Fish, Wildlife and Recreation

GIS

Geographical Information Systems

GMAW

Gas Metal Arc Welding

GPA

Grade Point Average

GPS

Global Positioning Systems

GTAW

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

HEO

Heavy Equipment Operator

HRSDC

Human Resource and Skills Development Canada

HSEDS

Hecate Strait Employment Development Society

ICBC

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

ITA

Industry Training Authority

KVI

Kitimat Valley Institute

LF

Literacy Foundations

LMA

Labour Market Agreement

MA

Master of Arts

MSc

Master of Science

NEC

Native Education College

NIC

North Island College

NLC

Northern Lights College

NRES

Natural Resource and Environmental Studies

NRET

Natural Resources and Environmental Technology

NVIT

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

NWCC

Northwest Community College

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PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

PLA

Prior Learning Assessment

PLAR

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition

PWP

Portable Pressure Welding Procedure

RFT

Registered Forest Technologist

RRU

Royal Roads University

SFU

Simon Fraser University

SMAW

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

SRM

Sustainable Resource Management

SSA

Secondary School Apprenticeship

STEP

Skilled Trades Employment Program

TES

Trades Employment Specialist

TFT

Trainee Forest Technologist

TOWES

Test of Workplace Essential Skills

TRICORP

Tribal Resources Investment Corporation

TRU

Thompson Rivers University

TWID

Trade Worker Identification

TWU

Trinity Western University

UBC

University of British Columbia

UBCO

University of British Columbia Okanagan

UFV

University of the Fraser Valley

UNBC

University of Northern British Columbia

UVIC

University of Victoria

VIU

Vancouver Island University

WWNI

Wilp Wilxo’oshkwhi Nisga’a Institute Indicates that the program being provided by a training provider is available in the Northwest region of BC

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PLANNING

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o you know what you want to do after you graduate from high school? Maybe you haven’t finished high school, maybe you are working as a labourer, or in a minimum wage job. Perhaps you’re tired of your current field of study and are wondering what else is out there. Whatever you are currently doing, if you are reading The Northwestern BC Careers Sourcebook, you are ready to make a change. The Sourcebook is focused on the in-demand trades and fields of work that are anticipated to be in high demand in northwestern BC for the next decade.

Career Maps and Decision Trees The Career Maps and the Decision Tree included at the end of this section are designed to help you decide what your career goals are and to provide you with information on how to get there. Check out the Career Maps. One map is for careers in the in-demand trades of: •

Construction Millwright and Industrial Mechanic

Crane Operator

Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic

Heavy Equipment Operator

Industrial Electrician

Welder

Driller and Blaster

Truck Driver

The other map is for the three in-demand fields of work: •

Biologists and Related Scientists and Forestry Technologists and Technicians, Land Survey

Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists, Geoscientists and Oceanographers, and Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians

Engineers – Civil, Electric and Electronic, Geological, Mechanical, Mining

Decision Trees are also included at the beginning of sections III. In-demand Trades Information, V. Certificate, Diploma and Degree Program Information for In-demand Fields of Work and VI. Moving Up: Career Advancement. Any of these occupations or fields of work will provide you with a challenging and rewarding career. Reading this guide, and following up on the information within it, can be the first step towards a new job and a new career in a high-demand and wellpaying field.

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Deciding on a Career Path But what if you don’t know what you are interested in? How can you decide what career to choose? Access local resources, such as an employment centre or school counsellors to discuss options and/or take interest tests. There are also web-based tools that might help you determine a career path. Check out these websites. CHECK Click on the button to download the resource on this site for a free guide that leads you through a self-assessment to help you identify your strengths, interests and potential career paths. www.cfeebc.org/resource/assessing-you-the-first-step-in-career-planning/ This free interactive tool helps you identify potential career options based on occupations and education. Have some fun plotting out a career. www.workbc.ca/Jobs/JobSeekers/CareerExplorer.aspx Check this free website if you want to find out information about different occupations. This directory provides brief descriptions of occupational areas within the National Occupational Classification System. www.workbc.ca/Careers/Career-Profiles/Pages/Career-Profiles-List.aspx

How to Get There Once you know what direction you want to move towards, it is important to decide how you want to get there:

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How do you decide on the type of training program to select?

Where should you go to get your training?

How do you make sure you are qualified to take the program?

The Decision Tree included in this section can help you make these decisions. The tree will provide a series of questions and points to consider as you work through your choices. It will direct you to other parts of the Sourcebook or provide suggestions and information. Make sure you consider the realities of your life as you make your decisions. This will make your goals realistic and attainable. Financial considerations like tuition and school fees, books and school supplies, tool costs, living costs (i.e. rent, food, family support); and other factors such as the availability of transportation; may be some of the things that you will need to consider as you make your decisions.

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Think about the following questions: •

Do I need to leave the region or my community to get the training I want or need?

How will I get to the school?

Where will I live?

Can I afford the tuition and fees?

Do I need to work and earn a living at the same time that I’m training for a career?

What scholarship and grant programs are available to me?

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Check out what you can achieve in the Northwest. There are training options and

CHECK career counselling services available in the region. Check in with local education and

employment organizations; call training institutions near you to find out what courses they are offering; and check with school districts and training institutions to find out about scholarships and bursaries. Take advantage of opportunities to tour local industries, job shadow, check current job postings for the region. Your career can begin and grow in Northwestern BC.

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Decision Tree A Planning Your Way

The following Decision Tree is designed to help you determine your career and work options. Consider the questions as you move through the decision-making process. Think about what you want to do and think about the future that you want to create for yourself. Deciding on a career means taking a close look at yourself. Be honest. Consider the kinds of activities you like to do, your financial situation and how much time you want to spend furthering your education. If you want to pursue further education, think about the type of work you want to do and the type of program that you will need to take. Once you decide on the type of program, move on to the Decision Trees in sections IV. In-demand Trades and/or V. Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs for In-demand Fields of Work. If you need to find work immediately, be aware of the community organizations that are out there to help you find work, prepare a résumé and other job-searching services. Once you get established in a job, take advantage of the experience you are gaining and think about the future. Check out the Decision Tree in section VI. Move Up: Career Advancement. Whichever pathway you select, it is the first step in making your future happen!

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SETTING UP

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o ensure success in the future, you have to start with the right building blocks. If you are unemployed or underemployed, a good place to start is to look at what skills and training are needed to give you the most opportunities for a new career. This section provides a guide for you to investigate your current Essential Skills and where you can find opportunities to improve them. It also looks at options for achieving your high school equivalencies and for upgrading your courses. There is additional information related to preparing for post-secondary education and trades/career training that you may find helpful.

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Essential skills are the skills needed for work, learning and life. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills. There are nine official essential skills, but the three that are often focused on for workplace readiness are: reading, numeracy, and document use. Many occupations require you to have a good grounding in these three areas. In order to be successful in many training programs, you need to have good reading and math skills.

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Reading text Document use Writing Numeracy Oral communication Thinking skills Working with others Computer use Continuous learning

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How do I know what level of essential skills I have? Different jobs require different levels of essential skills. Check with local aboriginal and non-aboriginal employment/education organizations to access testing. There are also several free online tools that can help you to determine your current level of essential skills and where you could improve them. Some of the tests include: Human Resources Development Canada (HRSDC) has a free online tool called the Essential Skills Indicator. www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/les/tools/assessment/online_indicator.shtml

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HRSDC also links to a free online essential skills tool that provides you with a learning plan including free online training and a list of local organizations that provide training that could benefit you. http://en.careers.essentialskillsgroup.com/?p=build

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The Industry Training Authority (ITA) in BC also has a free online tool that can help you assess your current levels of essential skills. The tool provides some information about whether your skill levels match up to the job you would like to do. www.ita.essentialskillsgroup.com/index.php

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The BC Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council has another free online essential skills test. http://measureup.towes.com/

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There is a test used by some training institutions and employers to assess essential skills, called TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills). You may see this test referred to, or you may be asked to take the test so that your level of essential skills can be assessed. The test has a cost associated with it. However, there are free sample tests you can take to get an idea of what TOWES is all about. www.towes.com/en/home/home

How can I improve my essential skills? The tools noted above will give you an idea of areas where you could improve, and will give you a learning plan that will help you to do that. The websites will provide options for online exercises you can take to upgrade your essential skills from providers such as SkillPlan, The Open University, AlgebraHelp, and the Khan Academy. There are links to activities that are usually free and will help you to improve your essential skills as you head into training and working in new jobs and new industries. Many communities will have resources that address particular essential skills such as reading. Over 400 communities in BC are served by Decoda Literacy Services (formerly Literacy BC), which has literacy coordinators in many locations. http://decoda.ca/communities/loc-contacts/

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If you don’t have a high school diploma, you may need to achieve your diploma or upgrade particular courses in order to move ahead into your chosen field. For the following programs, check out the LearnNow BC website. The site provides information on different options for completion and where you can find both classroom-based and online courses. Courses are tuition-free for those who qualify. www.learnnowbc.ca/services/adults/default.aspx Academic advisors are available to help you choose the right courses and programs. 1 (888) 412-5622 (ext.2) email: academic_advising@learnnowbc.ca

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Literacy Foundations (LF) Curriculum If you have been struggling in school and the idea of taking on high school courses is overwhelming, you might want to look into taking courses in the Literacy Foundations Curriculum. These are bridging courses that help set you up for success when you take the courses for the Dogwood program. Courses are offered in five areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Information and Communications Technology. You can search for Literacy Foundations courses and where they are offered at the Course Finder site: www.learnnowbc.ca/course_finder/course_finder.aspx

Community Adult Literacy Program If you could use further support in getting ready to take on your schooling, BC has launched a Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP) that provides small group sessions and one-on-one tutoring in specific communities. This support provides individualized attention to help you to achieve your goals. Where this program is offered changes year-to-year. In 2012-2013, for example, the program was offered through organizations in Prince George, Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat, among others. For up-to-date information, use the contact information on this site: www.aved.gov.bc.ca/literacy/ There is also a literacy program called ReadNow BC that offers programs throughout BC. 1 (888) READ234 [1 (888) 732-3234]

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Do you have only one or two courses left to complete your high school? Then the Dogwood Program is for you. Students in this program have to complete the Graduation Transitions course. www.learnnowbc.ca/services/adults/dogwood.aspx

Employers like to see employees with a High School Diploma or Dogwood because it shows that you have proven basic writing, reading, math, and thinking skills.

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If you have been out of school for five years or more, and need three or more courses to graduate, this is the program for you. You must be 18 years or older to take this program. Courses can be taken through BC school districts and/or BC post-secondary colleges/universities (ABE - Adult Basic Education Programs) in classrooms or online. Students enrolled in this program are not required to take provincial exams. www.learnnowbc.ca/services/adults/adultdogwood.aspx

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If you have decided to pursue post-secondary education or career/trades training, you may need to improve your grades or receive credit for additional courses.

Improve your Grades If you have already taken a course, but need to improve your grade in a high school course to get into a chosen training program, you can take the course again at no cost. www.learnnowbc.ca/services/adults/other.aspx You can find details on particular courses, including where they are offered and if they are offered online at the Course Finder: www.learnnowbc.ca/course_finder/course_finder.aspx

Prepare for Post-Secondary or Trades Training If you have decided to pursue post-secondary or trades training you may need particular courses in order to qualify. Many of the courses you need are available in classroom-based or online training at no cost. Once you know what courses you need, you can find them through LearnNow BC. www.learnnowbc.ca/services/adults/other.aspx If you are preparing for career or trades training, there is an advisor available specifically to help you. The Career and Trades Advisor with LearnNow BC can be reached at: 1-800-663-3381 (ext.2460)

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Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR), or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), is a process through which a person receives credit towards a course or a program. Through PLAR, a person’s past education and work experience are examined to determine if they can get credit that will help them to achieve their training goal. A person may not have to take all the courses in a program, as their previous experience can qualify them for credit. The PLAR process can differ from program to program and from training provider to training provider. Check with your training provider if you think you may qualify for credit through a PLAR process. CHECK

fact Through PLAR, you can … …get credit for past education and work experience that can count towards your certificate, diploma or degree.

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5 Where Can I Find These Programs? The above programs are offered in several communities and online. A sample of organizations offering these programs is found below. For a full listing, contact LearnNow BC. You may want to contact local community resources such as an education coordinator or band manager to determine if these programs are going to be offered in your area in the near future. BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BCAMTA) Get Started application process and Pathways to Success www.bcamta.ca/get-started/step-1-appointment www.bcamta.ca/certificates/pathways-to-success

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BC Construction Association (BCCA) • Skilled Trades Education Program (STEP) Programs include: Women, Immigrants, Aboriginal People in Trades Training. Offices in NW BC – Terrace and Prince Rupert. www.stepbc.ca/about College of New Caledonia (CNC) • Adult Education Centre www.cnc.bc.ca/programs-courses/adult-education-centre.htm Ebus Academy • Adult Education Online www.ebus.ca/adult-education Hecate Strait Employment Development Society (HSEDS) Adult Dogwood, Life and Employment Skills http://hseds.ca/ Kitimat Community Services • Adult Literacy Program www.kitimatcommunityservices.ca/KALP.html Kitimat Valley Institute (KVI) • CEDARS Program www.kvic.ca/images/pdfs/CEDARS%202013.pdf First Nations Training and Development Centre • Adult Basic Education Program www.metlakatla.ca/development_corp/training_and_capacity_building Native Education College (NEC) • Aboriginal Adult Basic Education www.necvancouver.org/?q=programs/aboriginal-adult-basic-education Northern Lights College (NLC) • Career and College Preparation www.nlc.bc.ca/programs/allprograms/careerandcollegepreparation.aspx Northwest Community College (NWCC) • Career and College Preparation www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/career-college-preparation-ccp TRICORP (Tribal Resources Investment Corporation) T.E.S.T.S. (TRICORP Employment Skills and Training Services) Knowledge and Skills Assessment, funding for skills training www.tricorp.ca/index.php/tricorp_employment_and_skills_training_services_tests Wilp Wilxo’oshkwhi Nisga’a Institute • Career and College Preparation http://wwni.bc.ca/?page_id=42

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If finances are a barrier to your success, there are options for you to explore. Check the availability of scholarships and bursaries in your area with your training provider or school district. The following are links for the school district scholarship and bursaries.

School District 50 http://sd50.bc.ca/students/scholarships-and-bursaries/ School District 52 http://sd52.bc.ca/chss/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/

chss-scholarships-bursaries-awards-2009.pdf

School District 82 http://cmsd.bc.ca/contact-us-2/ Contact the School District office for information on NW Education 88 Foundation for scholarship and bursary information. School District 87 www.sd87.bc.ca/Documents/Scholarship%20Handbook%2012-13.pdf School District 92 www.nisgaanation.ca/funding-scholarships-bursaries Post-secondary training institutions also offer scholarships and bursaries. Check the following Northwest post-secondary training providers: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Check the financial aid tab on the website for what is available in your community. www.nwcc.bc.ca University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) www.unbc.ca/financial-aid

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There are other funding resources provided at the provincial level. Check these online resources; some of these resources are search engines and charges may apply. CHECK Scholarships Canada www.scholarshipscanada.com Provincial Government of BC https://studentaidbc.ca/explore/grants-scholarships Aboriginal Learning Links www.aboriginallearning.ca/resources/1/1/2 Studentawards.com www.studentawards.com Aboriginal Multi-Media Society www.ammsa.com/content/bc-scholarships The WorkBC site also offers information on money management and funding options. www.workbc.ca/Education-Training/Finance-Your-Education/Pages/

Scholarships-And-Loans.aspx

Go online and check industry sector organizations, and service organizations such as Rotary Clubs, Lions, and major employers in your region. They may also provide education funding.

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ifferent work environments require specific qualifications and specialized skills. For instance, you might be working in a forested area where there is wildlife, or in a confined space like a mine as part of your new career. Depending upon your working environment, you may require one or more of the certificates outlined in this section. These courses may be arranged for or provided by your employer, or may be provided as part of a program delivered by a training provider. In many cases, you will take one or several of these certificates as they become relevant to where you are working. Employers look favourably on workers who already hold these certificates, as they won’t have be trained again and can start to work in a safe manner immediately upon being hired. The majority of the certificates outlined here address workplace safety considerations and are required for certain situations; for example, if you are working in the forest you may require a certificate for chainsaw safety before you can use the equipment as part of your job. The following tables outline the major workplace certificates that are currently required by industry, including what topics are covered, how long the certificate is valid, any prerequisites, the length of the course and where it is offered.

In some cases several of these certificates can be achieved as part of a larger training program, such as an entry-level forestry or mining training program. Some examples of these training programs are included at the back of this section.

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Studies show that workplace safety training has the potential to result in a 20% drop in onsite injuries.

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Certification Descriptions Name of Credential: Airbrakes Endorsement Valid for: Not specified Prerequisites: Valid Class 7 or 5 BC driver’s license with no outstanding charges.

Brief Description: Covers the basic functions of air brake systems, their

maintenance and service. Students require this safety course, and then take a knowledge and pre-trip inspection test from ICBC to achieve the endorsement. Student may receive credit for pre-inspection test if he or she passes the course.

Length of course (range): 20 hours/3 days Offered at: CNC, FPDT, HSEDS (with FPDT), KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: $269-495, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

Name of Credential: ATV Rider Safety Valid for: Not specified Prerequisites: None. Individuals under 18 years of age may require parents’ permission.

Brief Description: The ATV Rider course is a program to teach ATV riders the

principles and behaviours of safer and more responsible ATV riding. The course consists of both discussion lessons and riding lessons. The lessons provide discovery and discussion of the principles and practices of riding an ATV. The riding lessons provide riders hands-on practice of riding exercises under the supervision of a licensed instructor. Students will learn basic techniques for riding an all-terrain vehicle responsibly. Including starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency stopping and swerving, and riding obstacles; as well as, specific requirements for classes attended by children under the age of 16.

Length of course (range): 7-8 hours Offered at: CNC, KVI, NLC, NWCC, UNBC Approximate Cost: $185-250, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

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Name of Credential: Bear Aware/Awareness Valid for: Not specified Prerequisites: None Brief Description: This course provides up-to-date instruction on black and

grizzly bear behaviour so that you can proactively reduce the risk of encountering and attracting bears. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to distinguish between types of bears and their mobility, diet, distribution and annual cycle, available deterrents and applicable legislation. It will provide the guidance and pre-planning tips for working in and enjoying bear country.

Length of course (range): 4-8 hours Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC, UNBC Approximate Cost:: $30-119, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

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Name of Credential: Level 1 Chainsaw Safety Valid for: 3 years Prerequisites: None. Recommended 16 years of age or older. Brief Description: Topics in this course include personal protection; chainsaw maintenance and handling; and safe falling, limbing, and bucking practices. This course includes both theory and hands–on practice. Students successfully completing the prescribed practical skills and examination will receive a certificate of completion.

Length of course (range): 16 hours Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC, UNBC Approximate Cost:: $175-1300, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

Name of Credential: Coastal Spill Response Valid for: Not specified Prerequisites: None Brief Description: This course begins with participants becoming familiar with

oil spill legislation in Canada. Participants gain awareness of various sources of marine spills and the characteristic of oil and water. Emphasis is on safety to both the environment and the responder. Initial spill site safety assessments are demonstrated and oil spill responder health and safety is examined at length. The afternoon session consists of theory and teaching of various techniques of containment, recovery and storage of the product. The first part ends with a demonstration and discussion on the decontamination of the shore-line, equipment and most importantly the responders. The second half of the course consists of a full mock drill with teams assigned to: Shoreline crew; Marine crew (on small shoreline skimmer boats and much larger skimmer, the Eagle Bay); Decontamination crew, and Inventory supervisor.

Length of course (range): 2 days Offered at: NWCC Approximate Cost:: $750

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Name of Credential: Confined Space Entry Valid for: Not specified Prerequisites: None Brief Description: This training is designed to increase the awareness of an

individual’s responsibilities, and requirements to complete confined space entry procedures. This awareness is designed to prevent personal injuries, loss of life, equipment malfunction, meet industry government regulatory requirements and corporate policies. Topics covered include, recognizing a confined space, identifying and meeting industry government regulatory requirements, identifying and controlling confined space hazards, identifying required safety equipment, completing a confined space entry pre-plan, and preparing personnel for entry.

Length of course (range): 4-6 hours Offered at: CNC, FPDT, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: ~$195 Name of Credential: Fall Arrest/Protection/Working at Heights Certificate

Valid for: 3 years Prerequisites: None Brief Description: This course includes theoretical and practical knowledge

regarding industry fall protection practices. The course addresses human and legal requirements for fall protection; introduces the principles and proper procedures for several types of fall protection systems; teaches the proper selection, usage, limitations, maintenance, and daily inspection of Personal Fall Arrest Systems through hands-on exercises; and use of anchorages, connectors, and full body harnesses.

Length of course (range): 6-8 hours Offered at: CNC, FPDT, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost:: $100-225, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

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Name of Credential: Fire Suppression Valid for: 1 year Prerequisites: None Brief Description: The Worker’s Compensation Board of BC requires all

workers to be trained before fighting a forest fire and also requires workers that fight forest fires to be retrained annually. In addition, the BC Forest Service requires this course for forestry harvesting crews holding licenses and some other crews working within 1 km of a forest or woodland. This course meets BC Forest Service and WCB regulations. It is designed to introduce students to fire suppression, including an introduction to wildfire, fire behaviour, fireline safety, communications, use of heavy equipment on fires, and the operator’s role in fire suppression.

Length of course (range): 8-16 hours Offered at: CNC, KVI, NLC, NWCC, UNBC Approximate Cost: $195-265, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

Name of Credential: Forklift Safety Certificate Valid for: 2 years Prerequisites: None. Some courses require prior forklift experience, check calendar listings for course offerings.

Brief Description: This training session provides comprehensive training for

operators and an in-depth discussion on inspection, load handling, rated capacity, stability and how to maintain a forklift’s centre of gravity. The last session in this course consists of participation exercises that evaluate the worker’s knowledge of forklift safety. Topics covered are stability, safe driving skills, travelling-fork position, pedestrian safety, pre-inspection, load handling, identifying potential hazards, and accident statistics.

Length of course (range): 7-8 hours Offered at: CNC, FPDT, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: $195-299, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

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The approximate number of fatalities in Canada from forklift accidents each year. The majority of fatal accidents are due to tip-overs (42%).

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Name of Credential: Hoisting and Rigging Safety Valid for: Not specified Prerequisites: None Brief Description: This course covers the basic aspects of safe rigging and

lifting practices. The course also includes inspection of rigging equipment and safe operation of overhead cranes and other lifting devices.

Length of course (range): 8- 32 hours Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: ~$359 Name of Credential: H2S Alive (Hydrogen Sulphide Alive) Certificate Valid for: 3 years Prerequisites: None Brief Description: The goal of the Alive program is to prepare a worker to

recognize Hydrogen Sulphide hazards and save himself, as well as perform basic rescue during an H2S incident. The course is a combination of theory and practice with each student having to use detection equipment, don breathing apparatus and perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Topics covered include: six properties, probable locations and health hazards of H2S, application of the seven-step Initial Response Strategy, major components of selfcontained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and supplied airbreathing apparatus (SABA), putting on and operating an SCBA correctly, use and limitations of detector tubes, preuse inspection and operation of a detector tube device, rescue techniques and rescue breathing

Length of course (range): 7-20 hours Offered at: CNC, FPDT, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: $185-250, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

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Name of Credential: Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 Valid for: 3 years Prerequisites: Must be 16 years of age or older Brief Description: This Worksafe BC approved course provides training in

basic first aid skills including C-spine control, respiratory and circulatory emergencies, soft tissue injuries, identification and management of stroke, diabetes, seizures and fainting. Students will receive certification valid for three years upon successful completion of the course. This course also includes the use of automated external defibrillator (AED) trainers.

Length of course (range): 7 hours/one day Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: $109-150, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

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Knowing what to do and reacting quickly in a medical emergency can limit the severity of the health scare or injury and even prevent a death.

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Name of Credential: Snowmobile Safety Valid for: Not specified Prerequisites: None Brief Description: The Snowmobile Rider Course provides hands-on training

with emphasis on the safety implications relating to each lesson. Students will learn basic techniques for riding a snowmobile responsibly. The lessons include introduction to snowmobile operation, rules to follow during practice, controls/safety equipment, riding strategies, starting/warming-up/stopping the engine, moving backward and forward, braking, turns, obstacles, safe riding practices, riding over hills, as well as day/night riding.

Length of course (range): 7 hours Offered at: CNC, NLC Approximate Cost: not available Name of Credential: Spill Response Valid for: Not specified Prerequisites: None Brief Description: This field course deals with prevention and response of the

release of petroleum hydro-carbon into the environment. It also cover chemical characteristics and behaviour of fuel in addition to safety.

Length of course (range): 4 hours Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, NWCC Approximate Cost: ~$179

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Name of Credential: Traffic Control and Flagging Valid for: 3 years Prerequisites: None. Class 5 Driver’s License recommended. Recommended age minimum of 16.

Brief Description: Upon completion of this course students will be able to

legally perform traffic control duties in a proper, safe and effective manner in BC, Alberta and the Yukon. Includes theory and extensive practical hands-on training. Topics covered include: WCB’s safety regulations, personal safety and equipment, traffic control devices, construction equipment, traffic control zones/sites, site set-up, visual/audible/radio signalling, control of equipment and workers.

Length of course (range): 20 hours/2 days Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: $279-450, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

Name of Credential: Transportation Endorsement (for First Aid) Valid for: 3 years Prerequisites: Occupational Level 1 First Aid Certificate Brief Description: This course is designed to deliver the skills and knowledge

needed to manage life threatening emergencies and transport injured/ill workers to medical aid. These skills are necessary if the worksite is more than twenty minutes from medical aid.

Length of course (range): 7 hours Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: $109-150, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

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Name of Credential: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Certificate (TDG)

Valid for: 3 years Prerequisites: None Brief Description: Comply with Transportation of Dangerous Goods

regulations. This course is designed for people who handle and/or transport dangerous goods by land and rail. The course will provide a simple guide for employees, which will enable them to understand and comply with the basic requirements of the transportation of dangerous goods regulations.

Length of course (range): 4-5 hours Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: ~$95 Name of Credential: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certificate

Valid for: 1 year Prerequisites: None Brief Description: WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information

System) is information and training in the safe handling, recognition, storage and disposal of controlled products (hazardous materials). Emergency procedures, as well as an understanding of the risk and necessary precautions, will help prevent workplace injury or loss of life.

Length of course (range): 4-9 hours Offered at: CNC, HSEDS, KVI, NLC, NWCC Approximate Cost: $43-95, costs vary depending on program length and provided supplies

fact It is important for WHMIS training to be ongoing, so that all workers are educated and safe, and to make sure the training is fresh at all times.

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Providers (Private): British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BCAMTA)

Certifications: • First Aid • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) • Working in Confined Spaces

Delivery Options: Offers training at several centers; contact closest centre for certificate program delivery schedule

Program Link: www.bcamta.ca/programs-services Providers (Public): College of New Caledonia (CNC) Certifications: • Airbrakes Endorsement • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

ATV Rider Safety Bear Awareness Level 1 Chainsaw Safety (Enform) Confined Space Entry Fall Arrest/Protection/Working at Heights Fire Suppression Forklift Safety Hoisting and Rigging Safety H2S Alive Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 Snowmobile Safety Spill Response Traffic Control and Flagging Transportation of Dangerous Goods WHMIS

Delivery Options: Offered at several campuses; check website for details. Program Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/IndustryTraining.htm

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Providers (Private): Fox Professional Driver Training Certifications: • Air Brakes Endorsement • • • •

Forklift Safety Confined Space Fall Arrest/Protection/Working at Heights H2S Alive

Delivery Options: Offers training at several centers; check website for details. Program Link: www.foxpro.bc.ca/course-dates.html Providers (Private): Hecate Strait Employment Development Society (HSEDS)

Certifications: • Airbrake Endorsement • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Bear Aware Chainsaw Safety Confined Space Fall Arrest/Protection/Working at Heights Forklift Safety Hoisting and Rigging Safety H2S Alive Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 Spill Response Traffic Control and Flagging Transportation Endorsement (FA) Transportation of Dangerous Goods (also offered online) WHMIS (also offered online)

Delivery Options: Offers training at three campuses; check website for details. Some courses offered online.

Program Link: http://hseds.ca/

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Providers (First Nations): Kitimat Valley Institute Certifications: • Airbrakes Endorsement • • • • • • • • • • • • •

ATV Rider Safety Bear Awareness Chainsaw Safety Confined Space Entry Working at Heights S-100 Fire Suppression Forklift Safety H2S Alive Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 Traffic Control and Flagging Transportation Endorsement (FA) Transportation of Dangerous Goods WHMIS

Delivery Options: Offered at training centre in Kitimat Program Link: www.kvic.ca Providers (Public): Northern Lights College (NLC) Certifications: • Airbrakes Endorsement • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

ATV Rider Safety Bear Aware Boating Safety Level 1 Chainsaw Safety (Enform) Confined Space Entry Fall Arrest/Protection/Working at Heights Fire Suppression Forklift Safety Hoisting and Rigging Safety H2S Alive Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 Snowmobile Safety Traffic Control and Flagging Transportation Endorsement (FA) Transportation of Dangerous Goods WHMIS

Delivery Options: Offered at several campuses; check website for details. Program Link: www.nlc.bc.ca/Programs/WorkforceTraining.aspx

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Providers (Public): Northwest Community College (NWCC) Certifications: • Airbrakes Endorsement • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

ATV Rider Safety Bear Awareness Level 1 Chainsaw Safety (Enform) Coastal Spill Response Confined Space Entry Fall Arrest/Protection/Working at Heights Fire Suppression Forklift Safety Helicopter Safety Hoisting and Rigging Safety H2S Alive Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1 Spill Response Traffic Control and Flagging Transportation Endorsement (FA) Transportation of Dangerous Goods WHMIS

Delivery Options: Offered at several campuses; check website for details. Program Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/programs-courses/explore-ourprograms/ workforce-training-continuing-studies Providers (Public): University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Certifications: • ATV Rider Safety • Bear Aware • Level 1 Chainsaw Safety (Enform) • Fire Suppression

Delivery Options: Offered at several campuses; check website for details. Program Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies

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Package Program: Mining Skills for Entry Level Workforce Provider: British Columbia Aboriginal Mining Training Association (BCAMTA)

Certificates Included: Confined Space, OFA Level 1, WHMIS, etc. Length of Program: Contact BCAMTA for more info Cost: Contact BCAMTA for more info Program Link: www.bcamta.ca/certificates/intro-to-mining Package Program: Forestry Industry Safety Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Certificates Included: Selection from wide variety of certificates, including ATV Rider Safety, Bear Aware, Chainsaw Safety, OFA Level 1, etc.

Length of Program: Contact CNC for more information Cost: Contact CNC for more information Program Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/FIST.htm Package Program: Construction Trades Helpers/Labourers Program Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Certificates Included: 9 modules: 1)Safety certificates include Occupational First Aid

1, Transportation Endorsement, Rigging and Lifting Safety, Specialized Chain Saw Safety, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Traffic Control Flagging (2days), H2S Alive, Bear Awareness, S-100 Fire Suppression (2 days) Fall Protection, Confiined Space Hazard Awareness, WHMIS, Helicopter Safety, General Radio Operator, 2) Basics of Construction, 3) Operation of Tools, 4) Backfill and Compaction, 5) Basics of Concrete, 6) Ladders and Scaffolding, 7) Working Safely Around Electricity, 8) Skills for Work and Life, 9) Job search and interview skills

Length of Program: 8 weeks Cost: Contact NWCC for more information Program Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/programs-courses/explore-ourprograms/workforce-training-continuing-studies

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Package Program: Pipeline Construction Bootcamp Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Certificates Included: Safety certificates include Occupational First Aid 1,

Transportation Endorsement, WHMIS Transportation of Dangerous Goods, S-100 Fire Suppression (2 days), Bear Awareness, Rigging and Lifting Safety, General Radio Operator Specialized Chain Saw Safety, H2S Alive, Fall Protection,

Length of Program: 11 days Cost: Contact NWCC for more information Program Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/programs-courses/explore-ourprograms/workforce-training-continuing-studies

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Occupational Program: Surface Diamond Driller’s Helper Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Certificates Included: • Bear Awareness • • • • • •

Chainsaw Safety Occupational First Aid Level 1 Transportation Endorsement (FA) Transportation of Dangerous Goods Spill Response WHMIS

Length of Program: Approximately 2 weeks Approximate Cost: Contact college for info. Program Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/Campuses/Nechako_Campus/ Nechako_programs_courses/ Surface_Diamond_Driller_s_Helper.htm Occupational Program: Electrical Foundation Trades Training Provider: Northern Lights College (NLC) Certificates Included: • Occupational First Aid Level 1 • H2S Alive • WHMIS

Length of Program: 21 weeks Approximate Cost: $1800 Program Link: www.nlc.bc.ca/Programs/AllPrograms/ ElectricianFoundationTradesTraining.aspx

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Duty/Commercial Transport Technician Occupational Program: Heavy Foundation

Provider: Northern Lights College (NLC) Certificates Included: • Airbrakes

• Forklift Safety • WHMIS

Length of Program: 37 weeks Approximate Cost: Check website for current fees. Program Link: www.nlc.bc.ca/Programs/AllPrograms/ HeavyDutyCommTransportTechFoundationDC.aspx Occupational Program: Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Certificates Included: • Occupational First Aid Level 1

• Traffic Control and Flagging • Transportation of Dangerous Goods • WHMIS

Length of Program: 150 hrs. / 33 days Approximate Cost: $1100-1200 Program Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/heavy-equipment-operatorfoundation-training

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Occupational Program: ESA*: Pro Driver Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Certificates Included: • Occupational First Aid Level 1 • • • •

General Radio Operator Transportation of Dangerous Goods WHMIS Airbrakes

Length of Program: 2 weeks classroom study and 56 driving hours Approximate Cost: Tuition and fees waived for those who qualify Program Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/employment-skills-access-esa Occupational Program: ESA*: Mining Fundamentals Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Certificates Included: • Bear Awareness • • • • • • • • • •

Chainsaw Safety Confined Space Fall Protection Occupational First Aid Level 1 Rigging and Lifting H2S Alive Traffic Control and Flagging Transportation Endorsement Transportation of Dangerous Goods WHMIS

Length of Program: 8 weeks

Tentatively scheduled for Fall 2013 and onwards; check with NWCC for details.

Approximate Cost: Tuition and fees waived for those who qualify Program Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/employment-skills-access-esa

*ESA = Employment Skills Access

This program helps unemployed and underemployed workers develop their skills and transition into new or better jobs. Program covers tuition and fees for specific intensive training programs offered throughout the region. The program may also cover costs such as books, course materials, transportation and childcare.

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Occupational Program: Surface Diamond Driller’s Helper Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Certificates Included: • Bear Awareness • • • • •

Chainsaw Safety Occupational First Aid Level 1 Spill Response Transportation Endorsement WHMIS

Length of Program: 2 weeks hands-on Approximate Cost: $3690 Program Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/sites/default/files/content-files/ exploration-and-mining/Drillers%20Helper%202013.pdf

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Decision Tree B Trades Programs

If you are looking at this Decision Tree, it means that you are interested in pursuing a career in the trades. Use the Decision Tree to navigate the different ways of getting into your apprenticeship-training program. If you have not decided on a particular trade, consider checking out a Discover the Trades program. If you are a high school graduate from the ACE-IT or SSA programs, congratulations! You are well on your way in your apprenticeship towards your chosen trade. This section of the sourcebook contains information about ITA initiatives, descriptions of the in-demand trades, and information about training providers in Northwestern BC. Don't forget you are not alone in your quest for a great career. Use the resources that are available such as your training provider’s counselors, the ITA website and staff, and your sponsor. They are available to help you, to answer questions and to provide support. If you are interested in a trade that is not an in-demand trade listed in this Sourcebook, access the ITA website to consider your options. There are lots of trades to choose from.

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INTROduction

Apprenticeship Trades: •

Construction Millwright and Industrial Mechanic

Crane Operator

Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic

Heavy Equipment Operator

Industrial Electrician

Welder

Non- Apprenticeship Trades: •

Driller and Blaster – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction

Truck Driver

For many trades, a great benefit is that you can work and earn a salary while receiving your education. In this section we will look at training options that lead to employment in these occupations.

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Aboriginal People in the Trades

If you want to build your career in the heart of a city or work close to your First Nations community, chances are there's a skilled trade job that's right for you. www.itabc.ca/aboriginal-people-trades/overview

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Six of the eight in-demand occupations are part of the apprenticeship system in BC, which is overseen by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). There are several ways you can get into the high-demand apprenticeship trades. If you are still in high school, the Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Industry Training (ACE IT) and Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) programs can give you a head start before you even graduate. If you are looking for a new job or career, you can get into the trades through Foundation Programs or through direct entry into apprenticeship. No matter which path is right for you, it will end with a great job and a bright future. If you have significant work experience in a trade, but no formal education or Certificate of Qualification (COQ), you may apply to challenge the apprenticeship program to achieve your COQ credential. In some cases, you may need to upgrade some of your high school courses to get into a trades training program. For information on how to do this, please see the “II. Setting up for Success” section in this Sourcebook.

High School Programs – ACE IT and SSA If you are still in high school, you can access these programs to get a head start into your career. In the ACE IT program, you can take trades training classes and receive credits towards both your high school diploma and your trades training. The ACE IT program is also tuition-free. Through the SSA program, you can start your apprenticeship before you even leave high school. If you are enrolled in these programs, you may also be eligible for scholarships. For more information on the ACE IT and SSA programs, you can access the Industry Training Authority’s website at: http://itabc.ca/youth-trades/programs You can find out where these programs are offered by using the Trades Program Finder on the LearnNow BC website at: www.learnnowbc.ca/trades/TradesFinder.aspx …or the Trades Training BC website at: www.tradestrainingbc.ca/youthprograms/schedules

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ITA Aboriginal Initiatives Programs Aboriginal/First Nations people have access to the apprenticeship system and technical training across the province. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) works with the community-based network of First Nations and Aboriginal community training and employment service agencies across the province. In addition to Bands and Tribal Councils, the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training (ASET) holders provide support to Aboriginal people for employment and training, including in the skilled trades. ITA works with these agencies that have strong local support and contacts within the Aboriginal community, by providing information and contacts. In some instances, ITA also funds apprenticeship-training projects in partnership with the Aboriginal community, industry and training providers for entry-level training projects that support Aboriginal/First Nations people in the trades. Project supports may include tuition, books and more. The funds are provided through the Canada-BC Labour Market Agreement (LMA) on a competitive process. In the Northwestern BC, ITA works with: Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) www.tricorp.ca 344 - 2nd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1G6 Tel: (250) 624-3535 Toll-Free: 1 (800) 665-3201 Email: tricorp@citytel.net For more information check out the ITA website: www.itabc.ca/aboriginal-people-trades/programs

ITA Women in Trades Training Initiative The Women in Trades Training initiative helps eligible women kick start their trade careers. ITA contracts service providers to deliver introductory trade training programs that expose women to a variety of trades, upgrading and job placement support. Service providers help women get started in Foundation programs to get job ready, learn technical training and provide tailor-made programs that may include: •

Funded tuition

Introductions to employers

Tools and books

Safety training

Childcare subsidies

Upgrading and essential skills training

Transportation subsidies

Exposure to a range of trades

Career counselling

The service provider in the Northwest is the BC Construction Association (BCCA)-STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program) for Women, which is geared towards matching trades employers with women who want to start a career in the trades. Programs are delivered through the BCCA's main regional offices in Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George, and Victoria, as well as through Trades Employment Specialists (TES) throughout the province. For more information check out the BCCA STEP program at: www.stepbc.ca/

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ITA Immigrants in Trades Training Initiative ITA's Immigrants in Trades Training initiative is designed to help immigrants overcome specific financial, cultural and other challenges to establishing trade careers. ITA contracts service providers to deliver programs tailored to meet immigrants’ needs. Supports may include: •

tuition funding

free work gear such as clothes, tools and equipment

funding for childcare

English courses

safety courses

career counselling

hands-on training

introductions to employer

The main service provider for this initiative is the BCCA-STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program) for Immigrants, designed to assist immigrants in gaining the necessary skills and training to have successful careers in the trades. Trades Employment Specialists assess each person's skills and suitability for various trade occupations, and assist them in identifying and eliminating barriers to employment. Immigrants who have experience or interest in the trades can be matched to employers who need workers. For more information, check out the BCCA STEP program at: www.stepbc.ca/

Foundation Programs

(previously Entry Level Trades Training [ELTT]) If you are just starting out in the trades, and do not currently have an employer to sponsor you in your chosen field, you can begin your training through a Foundation Program. These programs allow you to learn the basic skills and knowledge for entry into a trade. It is usually taught in both a classroom and in-school shop setting. Fulltime Foundation Programs vary from 13 weeks to 10 months in duration. The courses cover material related to one or more apprenticeship programs and provide credit towards the completion of an apprenticeship. To access this program, you must register directly with a training provider. To make sure that the program you are considering will qualify for apprenticeship, make sure the training provider is Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved. The list of approved providers can be found at: http://itabc.ca/training-providers/overview Up-to-date offerings and locations of Foundation Programs can be found on the Trades Training BC website: http://www.tradestrainingbc.ca/foundation/schedules

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Apprenticeship – Certificate of Qualification (COQ) Apprenticeship training is a form of post-secondary education that combines paid, work-based training (about 80% of training), with technical training in a classroom or shop setting (about 20% of training). Successful completion of both components, along with examinations, is required to earn a certificate or ticket, and become a certified tradesperson. In-school technical training typically ranges from 4 to 10 weeks per year depending on the trade and takes approximately one to four years on average to complete. Graduates of the apprenticeship program receive a “Certificate of Qualification” (COQ), which is recognized across BC. Once you have a COQ, you may go through a further process to achieve your Red Seal in the occupation, which is recognized across Canada. For the in-demand trade occupations in this section, a Red Seal endorsement is available for millwrights, electricians, heavy equipment operators, heavy duty equipment technicians and welders. To confirm that the program you are considering will qualify for apprenticeship, make sure the training provider is Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved. The list of approved providers can be found at: http://itabc.ca/training-providers/overview Up-to-date offerings and locations of Apprenticeship Programs can be found on the Trades Training BC website: www.tradestrainingbc.ca/apprenticeship/schedules

Challenging Apprenticeship If you have years of experience in a trade, whether it’s in BC, in Canada, or in another country, challenging certification might be right for you. You will need to provide the name and contact information for employers who can attest to your hours and skills, and will need to have at least 1.5 times the hours of work experience needed for the typical apprenticeship program. If you qualify, you will need to write and pass the certification exam with a mark of at least 70%. Some trades also require a practical exam. You can check your trade profile at the following link for more details: http://itabc.ca/discover-apprenticeship-programs/search-programs

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Red Seal Program The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program (also known as the Red Seal Program) was established more than 50 years ago to provide greater mobility across Canada for skilled workers. Through the program, tradespersons can obtain a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial/territorial Certificates of Qualification by successfully completing an interprovincial Red Seal examination. The Red Seal Program acknowledges their competence and ensures recognition of their certification throughout Canada without further examination. A Red Seal endorsement allows you to work in your trade anywhere in Canada. The endorsement is available on some, but not all, apprenticeship trades. For the in-demand occupations in this section, a Red Seal endorsement is available for: •

millwrights

electricians

heavy equipment operators

heavy duty equipment technicians

welders

fact Women in the Trades

Women are finding challenges, job satisfaction and good pay in the skilled trades. There are programs for women that can include funded tuition and tools, subsidized childcare and transportation costs, among other features. www.itabc.ca/women-trades/overview

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a. Construction Millwright and Industrial Mechanic Description: Millwrights install, repair, overhaul and maintain machinery and heavy mechanical equipment, such as conveyor systems in diverse settings including repair shops, plants, construction sites, mines, logging operations, ski hills and most production and manufacturing facilities. Millwright is designated as Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Millwrights also perform routine maintenance activities, such as cleaning and lubricating equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and investigating breakdowns.

Link: Full information on Millwright apprenticeships can be found on the ITA website:

www.itabc.ca/program/industrial-mechanic-millwright.

Entry Requirements: The following is recommended for individuals entering the

program. They are not prerequisites, but a desire level of skill and knowledge that will set a person up for success: • Grade 10 or equivalent, including English 10, Mathematics 10 and Science 10

• Grade 12 preferred

Certification Requirements: Technical Training: Minimum 70% in each level of technical training • Level 1: 210 hours or 7 weeks

• Level 2: 210 hours or 7 weeks • Level 3: 210 hours or 7 weeks • Level 4: 210 hours or 7 weeks

Red Seal Exam: Minimum 70% to pass Work-Based Training: 6,600 hours Recommendation for Signed by sponsor and individual holding a credential eligible Certification: for sign-off authority Program Length: 4 years in most cases

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Construction Millwright and Industrial Mechanic Training Programs

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Name of Program: Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)/Machinist Foundation Level Location: Lakes Region: • Burns Lake

Nechako Region: • Vanderhoof

• Grassy Plains

• Fort St. James • Fraser Lake

Entry Requirements: Grade 10 including English 10, Mathematics 10, with C grade in both

Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/ Industrial_Mechanic_Millwright_Machinist.htm Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) - Foundation Training Location: Kitimat Entry Requirements: • Grade 12 recommended • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032 and Math 10 Essentials, Principles or Applications, or MATH 0301/0302, or MATH 032, or GED or Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 (AWM 10) • Successful completion of a CAT 3 Assessment Test or permission of instructor

Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/programs-courses/ explore-our-programs/trades-rewarding-careers Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) - Apprenticeship Levels 1 – 4 Location: Terrace Campus Entry Requirements: Students entering Millwright Apprenticeship classes must be registered as an apprentice and submit a Trades Worker Identification (TWID) # upon registration.

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b. Crane Operator Description: Crane operators operate cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place

machinery, equipment and other large objects at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines and other similar locations. They are employed by construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling and railway companies. There are five different types of crane operators, which are described below. All crane operators must take and pass a Crane Common Core Level 1 curriculum, which consists of 90 hours of technical training, work experience and a written exam. After this requirement has been completed, a person can specialize in one or more of the following areas. Mobile Crane Operator Hydraulic 80 tonnes and under means a person who operates a mobile crane to perform lifts and hoists, sets up cranes, takes down cranes and plans lifts and crane procedures. Information on the ITA program can be found at:

www.itabc.ca/program/mobile-crane-operator-hydraulic-80-tonnes-and-under Mobile Crane Operator Hydraulic unlimited tonnage means a person who operates a mobile crane to perform lifts and hoists, sets up cranes, takes down cranes and plans lifts and crane procedures. Information on the ITA program can be found at:

www.itabc.ca/program/mobile-crane-operator-hydraulic-unlimited-tonnage Mobile Crane Operator Lattice Boom Friction Crane means a person who operates a mobile crane to perform lifts and hoists, sets up cranes, takes down cranes and plans lifts and crane procedures. Information on the ITA program can be found at:

www.itabc.ca/program/mobile-crane-operator-lattice-boom-friction-crane Mobile Crane Operator Lattice Boom Hydraulic Crane means a person who operates a mobile crane to perform lifts and hoists, sets up cranes, takes down cranes and plans lifts and crane procedures. Information on the ITA program can be found at:

www.itabc.ca/program/mobile-crane-operator-lattice-boom-hydraulic-crane Tower Crane Operator means a person who operates a tower crane (including luffing jib and articulated jib tower cranes) to perform lifts and hoist loads, and have experience with rigging practices and procedures. Information on the ITA program can be found at:

www.itabc.ca/program/tower-crane-operator The BC Association for Crane Safety lists current qualified training providers for crane operating programs at:

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…Crane Operator continued …

Entry Requirements: The following is recommended for individuals entering the

program. They are not prerequisites, but a desire level of skill and knowledge that will set a person up for success: • Grade 12 or equivalent

Certification Requirements: Mobile Crane Operator Hydraulic 80 Tonnes and Under

Technical Training: Minimum 70% to pass each level of technical training:

• Crane Common Core Level 1: 90 hours (3 weeks) and ITA standardized written exam

• Hydraulic 80 Tonnes and Under Level 2: 120 hours (or 4 weeks) • ITA Certificate of Qualification Exam: Minimum 70% to pass • ITA Standardized Practical Assessment: Pass

Work-Based Training: Completed logbook signed off by sponsor showing all required competencies

Recommendation for Signed by sponsor and individual holding credentials eligible Certification: for sign-off authority Program Length: 2 years

Crane Operator Training Programs

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia Name of Program: Mobile Hydraulic Crane 80 tonnes and under Location: MacKenzie Campus Entry Requirements: • Successful completion of Grade 12, or ABE/CCP Advanced Certificate or equivalent or mature student status

• Submission of transcripts (proof of graduation) and submission of a statement of interest letter

Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/Campuses/Mackenzie_Campus.htm

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c. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Technician) Description: Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics work on industrial and

construction vehicles, such as mining trucks and bulldozers; on heavy equipment used in construction, forestry, materials handling, landscaping, and land clearing; as well as on buses and large trucks. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics overhaul, repair and service equipment such as graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts, drills, and wheeled and tracked vehicles. Working from manufacturers' specifications, they identify and repair problems in structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems.

Links: Full information on Heavy Duty Equipment Technician apprenticeships can be found on the ITA website at:

www.itabc.ca/program/heavy-duty-equipment-technician-mechanic For an up-to-date listing of offerings for training, access the Trades Training BC website at:

www.tradestrainingbc.ca/apprenticeship/schedules/224

Entry Requirements: The following is recommended for individuals entering the

program. They are not prerequisites, but a desired level of skill and knowledge that will set a person up for success: • Grade 10 or equivalent, including English 10, Mathematics 10 and Science 10 • Grade 12 preferred

Certification Requirements Technical Training: Minimum 70% in each level of technical training • Level 1: 180 hours or 6 weeks

• Level 2: 180 hours or 6 weeks • Level 3: 180 hours or 6 weeks • Level 4: 180 hours or 6 weeks

Red Seal Exam: Minimum 70% to pass Work-Based Training: 6,000 hours Recommendation for Signed by sponsor and individual holding a credential eligible Certification: for sign-off authority Program Length: 4 years

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Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Technician) Training Programs

Training Provider: British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association Name of Program: Heavy Duty Mechanic Location: Check with closest office to determine program delivery locations

Link: www.bcamta.ca/apprenticeships/heavy-duty-mechanic Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Name of Program: Heavy Duty Mechanics/Commercial Transport Mechanical Repair, Foundation-Level

Location: Prince George Entry Requirements: • Grade 10 with English 10 with a “C” or higher. • Common Grade 10 or Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or Trades Math 041 or Math 030 with a “C” or higher Students who do not have these requirements but may qualify as a mature student are urged to contact the college.

Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/ Heavy_Duty_Mechanical_Repair.htm Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Name of Program: Heavy Duty Mechanics/Commercial Transport Mechanical Repair, Apprenticeship Level 1-4

Location: Prince George Entry Requirements: Contact College for up-to-date information. Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/Apprenticeships.htm

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Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Heavy Duty Mechanics/Commercial Transport Mechanical Repair, Foundation-Level

Location: Terrace Entry Requirements: • Grade 12 recommended Grade 10 accepted • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032 and Math 10 Essentials, Principles or Applications or MATH 0301/0302 or MATH 032 or GED or Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10, and • Successful completion of a CAT 3 Assessment Test, or • Permission of instructor.

Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/heavy-duty-equipmenttechnician-commercial-transport-foundation-training Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician – Apprenticeship Level 1

Entry Requirements: • Students entering Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

apprenticeship classes must be registered as an apprentice and submit a Trades Worker Identification (TWID) # upon registration.

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Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/heavy-duty-equipmenttechnician-apprenticeship-level-1

Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians Work on: • industrial and construction vehicles (such as mining trucks and bulldozers) •

heavy equipment used in construction, forestry, landscaping and land clearing (such as graders, loaders, tractors)

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Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Technician) Training Programs

Training Provider: Northern Lights College Name of Program: Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician Foundation Level

Location: Fort St. John Entry Requirements: Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or

equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 10 level that includes: • Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL030 (Intermediate/Grade 10); and

• Grade 10 Math (Applications; or Principles; or Apprenticeship and Workplace), or Career and College Preparation MATH030 (Intermediate/Grade 10), both with 67 per cent (C+) or higher. -ORComplete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT): • Reading Comprehension: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher • Number Operations: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher • Problem Solving: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher

Link: www.nlc.bc.ca/Programs/AllPrograms/ HeavyDutyCommTransportTechFoundationFSJ.aspx Training Provider: Northern Lights College Name of Program: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship

Location: Fort St. John Entry Requirements: Entry Requirements for Level 1:

• Registered Apprentice with the Industry Training Authority -OR• Proof of successful completion of related Foundation Trades Training program and Successful completion of Module 1 program/examination -OR• Completion of Module 1 exemption form by employer

Link: www.nlc.bc.ca/Programs/AllPrograms/ HeavyDutyEquipmentTechnicianApprenticeship.aspx

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d. Heavy Equipment Operator Description: Heavy Equipment Operators operate heavy machinery such as

heavy articulating rock trucks, loaders, excavators, backhoes, dozers and graders. These machines are used universally for all manner of heavy construction, earth moving, road building, mining, forestry, and mega projects. Operators may also be responsible for the basic maintenance of equipment, safety around equipment and compliance with markers, grades and stakes.

Links: Full information on Heavy Equipment Operator apprenticeships can be found on the ITA website at:

www.itabc.ca/discover-apprenticeship-programs/2357/program-details For an up-to-date listing of offerings for training, access the Trades Training BC website at:

www.tradestrainingbc.ca/apprenticeship/schedules/300

Entry Requirements: Prerequisites to apprenticeship:

• Completion of Road Building and Heavy Construction Foundation Program or minimum one year directly-related work experience The following is recommended for individuals entering the program. They are not prerequisites, but a desired level of skill and knowledge that will set a person up for success: • Grade 10 or equivalent, including English 10, Mathematics 10

Certification Requirements: Technical Training: Minimum 70% in each level of technical training Level 1: 120 hours or 4 weeks

Endorsement: • Articulated Haul/Rock Truck work-based training of 200 hours (minimum of one) • Backhoe work-based training of 200 hours • • • • • • • • • •

Dozer work-based training of 200 hours Excavator work-based training of 400 hours Loader work-based training of 300 hours Grader work-based training of 600 hours Feller/Buncher work-based training of 400 hours Wheel skidder work-based training of 200 hours Track skidder work-based training of 200 hours Dangle head work-based training of 400 hours Grapple yarder work-based training of 600 hours Log loader work-based training of 300 hours

Red Seal Exam: Minimum 70% to pass Recommendation for Signed by sponsor and individual holding a credential eligible for Certification: sign-off authority Program Length: 1 year

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Heavy Equipment Operator Training Programs

Training Provider: British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association Name of Program: HEO Training Program

includes Road Builder and Heavy Construction Foundation Program and the following equipment: backhoe, bulldozer, road grader, rock truck, loader, excavator and packer

Location: Check with closest office to determine program delivery locations

Link: www.bcamta.ca/certificates/ heo-training-program-ita-certification Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation Training

(Road Builder and Heavy Construction Foundation Program)

Location: Terrace Entry Requirements: • Grade 12 recommended • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032, and • Math 10 Essentials, Principles, Applications or Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 or MATH 0301/0302 or MATH 032 or GED, or Successful completion of a CAT 3 assessment test, or • Permission of instructor

Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/ heavy-equipment-operator-foundation-training

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e. Industrial Electrician Description: An industrial electrician is a skilled individual who must

possess fundamental and specialized knowledge and skills related to the installation and maintenance of electrical devices and components found in industrial settings. Industrial electricians inspect, install, troubleshoot, repair and service (includes calibration and preventive/predictive maintenance) electrical equipment such as motors, generators, pumps, heavy duty machines, illumination systems, environmental regulating systems, communication systems; and associated electrical and electronic controls. Individuals who work in this trade are also referred to as marine, mill or mine electricians, maintenance electricians, or plant electricians. These trade persons are employed by maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards, oil and gas rigs, as well as platforms, and other industrial enterprises. Some of the tasks and sub-tasks associated with the analysis overlap with the responsibilities of other skilled trades. Possible overlap exists in trades such as: Construction Electrician; Domestic, Rural and Low-rise Residential Electrician; Facilities Technician/ Mechanic; Millwright; Stationary Engineer; and Instrumentation Technician/Mechanic. Full information on Industrial Electrician apprenticeships can be found on the ITA website at:

www.itabc.ca/program/electrician-industrial For an up-to-date listing of offerings for Electrician training, access the Trades Training BC website at:

www.tradestrainingbc.ca/apprenticeship/schedules/183

Entry Requirements: The following is recommended for individuals entering the

program. They are not prerequisites, but a desired level of skill and knowledge that will set a person up for success: • Grade 12 or equivalent including English 12, Mathematics 12 and Physics 12

Certification Requirements: Technical Training: Minimum 70% in each level of technical training

• Level 1 Construction Electrician: 300 hours or 10 weeks • Level 2 Construction Electrician: 300 hours or 10 weeks

• Level 3 Industrial Electrician: 300 hours or 10 weeks, plus ITA exam • Level 4 Industrial Electrician: 300 hours or 10 weeks

Red Seal Exam: Minimum 70% to pass Work-Based Training: 6,000 hours

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Industrial Electrician Logbook recording work experience records work experience Logbook and is used to validate completion of required competencies: core and elective workplace credits

Recommendation for Signed by sponsor and individual holding a credential eligible Certification: for sign-off authority Program Length: 4 years

Electrician Training Programs

Training Provider: British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association Name of Program: Electrician Apprenticeship Location: Check with closest office to determine program delivery locations

Link: www.bcamta.ca/apprenticeships/electrical Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Name of Program: Electrical – Foundation Location: • Prince George • Quesnel • Mackenzie • Vanderhoof

Entry Requirements: • English 11 or English 045 or Communications 12, or equivalent (with a "C" grade).

• Principles of Math 11 or Math 045 or Applications of Math 12 or TRADES MATH 042, or equivalent. • Physics 11 or Physics 045 or Applications of Physics 12, or equivalent. • Submission of a résumé and a handwritten statement indicating reasons for wishing to enter the program. • Completion of two pre-Trades evaluations: • A mechanical reasoning skills test • The College English/Math Achievement Test (EMAT)

Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/Electrical.htm

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Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Electrical, Foundation Location: Terrace Entry Requirements: • Grade 12 recommended • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032 and Math 10 Principles or MATH 0302 or MATH 032, or • Satisfactory placement on the CAT3 Assessment Test, or • Permission of instructor.

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Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/electrical-foundation-training

Industrial Electricians are in high demand in NW BC.

$66,000-$95,000

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Electrician Training Programs

Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Electrical, Levels 1-4 Location: Terrace Entry Requirements: • Students entering Electrical Apprenticeship classes must be registered as an apprentice and submit a Trades Worker Identification (TWID) # upon registration

• Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion

Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/electrical-apprenticeshiplevel-1-4 Training Provider: Wilp Wilxo’oshkwhl Nisga’a Institute Name of Program: Entry Level Electric

(Program has been offered in the past; check with the Institute for current offerings)

Location: Gitwinksihlkw Entry Requirements: Not specified Link: www.wwni.bc.ca/?p=135

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f. Welder Description: In general, Welders use manual or semi-automatic welding

equipment to fuse metal pieces together. They use flamecutting, brazing and soldering equipment. Heat is applied to the pieces to be joined, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. They use metal shaping machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines. They generally plan work from drawings or by analyzing damaged metal, using their knowledge of welding and metals. Welders may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, ship building and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding. Workers use blueprint symbols to determine machining operations. They check product specifications using precision measuring instruments, and maintain equipment and replace parts when required.

Through training, you can achieve a certificate that qualifies you to be a Welder C, a Welder B or a Welder A. You must achieve the previous level before moving onto the next (i.e. Certificate of Qualification or Apprenticeship for Level C before Level B, etc.). If you have a sponsor, you can enter through the apprenticeship system. If you do not have a sponsor, you can go through Welding Modular Training, which is for individuals who are not in a formal welding apprenticeship with their employer through the ITA. Welder Level C (Levels 1 and 2) is a person who has training in, and is capable of, welding various steel and aluminum parts using the SMAW, GMAW and FCAW processes, in the fabrication, construction, erection and repair of components or structures, in plate and structural applications. Welder Level B means a person who has training in, and is capable of, welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes. These welders qualify to test for Portable Pressure Welding Procedure tests in British Columbia (PWP), and such other work as is usually done by a Level B Welder. Welder Level A means a person who has advanced training, skills and abilities to weld all materials, including specialized alloys, by any manual welding process, in any position, and such other work as is usually done by a Level A Welder.

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Links: Welder apprenticeships information can be found on the ITA website: www.itabc.ca/discover-apprenticeship-programs/search-programs?page=13 For an up-to-date listing of offerings for training, access the Trades Training BC website at:

www.tradestrainingbc.ca/apprenticeship/schedules/239

Entry Requirements: The following is recommended for individuals entering the program.

They are not prerequisites, but a desired level of skill and knowledge that will set a person up for success: • Grade 10 or equivalent, including English 10, Mathematics 10 and Science 10 • Grade 12 preferred

Certification Requirements: Welder C (Level 1):

Technical Training: Minimum 70% in each level of technical training 180 hours or 6 weeks

Work-Based Training: Accumulate hours Logbook: Accumulate competencies Welder C (Level 2):

Technical Training: Minimum 70% in each level of technical training 180 hours or 6 weeks

Work-Based Training: 1000 hours Logbook: Submitted ITA Exam: Minimum 70% to pass Welder B:

Technical Training: Minimum 70% in each level of technical training 180 hours or 6 weeks

Work-Based Training: 3060 hours for Certificate of Qualification -OR5,400 hours for Red Seal Endorsement

Logbook: Submitted ITA Exam: Minimum 70% to pass Welder A:

Technical Training: Minimum 70% in each level of technical training 180 hours or 6 weeks

Work-Based Training: 4,680 hours Logbook: Submitted Red Seal Exam: Minimum 70% to pass Length of Program: Duration varies depending on how training is delivered, but program

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Welder Training Programs

Training Provider: British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association Name of Program: Welding Apprenticeship Location: Check with closest office to determine program delivery locations

Link: www.bcamta.ca/apprenticeships/electrical Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Name of Program: Welding Levels A, B, C Location: Contact College for current offerings Entry Requirements: • English 10 or ENGL 030 or equivalent • Essentials of Math 10 (“C” grade or higher) or credit in Applications of Math 10 or Principles of Math 10 or Math 041

Links: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/Welding.htm www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/Welding_Level_C.htm

Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Welding Levels A, B, C Location: • Prince Rupert • Terrace

Entry Requirements: • Grade 12 recommended • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032 and Math 10 Essentials, Principles or Applications or MATH 0301/0302 or MATH 032 or GED or Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10, or, • Successful completion of a CAT 3 Assessment Test, or, • Permission of instructor.

Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/welder-traininglevel-c-level-b-level-modular-apprenticeship

$18-$36

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The two in-demand non-apprenticeship trades are: •

Driller and Blaster*

Truck Driver

*Technically driller and blaster are two occupations, *but often one person does both.

These occupations are not included in the apprenticeship program. Individuals looking to train in these occupations can apply for direct entry into a training course. Unlike apprenticeship occupations, which can require one to four years to complete, the required training for these occupations require only weeks or months of training before employment. In these occupations, you can train and be working in a new career in a very short period of time.

g. Driller and Blaster – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction Description: Drilling and blasting are two different occupations. A driller has

the knowledge and skills to drill blast patterns. A blaster has the skills, knowledge and certification to blast. Many individuals are qualified to perform both jobs. Drillers operate mobile drilling machines to bore blast holes in open-pit mines and quarries and to bore holes for blasting and for building foundations at construction sites. Blasters in this group fill blast holes with explosives and detonate explosives to dislodge coal, ore and rock or to demolish structures. They are employed by mining, quarrying and construction companies and by drilling and blasting contractors. Blasters in BC must hold a valid Blaster’s Certificate from WorkSafe BC.

Link: www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/Blasting/ CertificationRequirementsAndExaminations.asp? ReportID=33988

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Driller Training Programs

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Name of Program: Surface Diamond Driller Assistant Location: Contact College for current offerings Links: www.cnc.bc.ca/Campuses/Nechako_Campus/ Nechako_programs_courses/ Surface_Diamond_Driller_s_Helper.htm Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Drill Core Technician Basic Training Location: Program currently under review; contact College for more information.

Links: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/drill-core-technicianbasic-training#program-outline Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Surface Diamond Driller’s Assistant Location: Contact College for current program locations Links: www.nwcc.bc.ca/programs-courses/ nwcc-schools/school-exploration-mining/ school-exploration-mining-courses-programs

$44,000-$53,000 The average annual salary for drillers and blasters in BC.

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Blaster Certification Blasters must hold a valid Blaster’s Certificate from WorkSafe BC.

Links: www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/Blasting/ CertificationRequirementsAndExaminations.asp?ReportID =33988 Entry Requirements: • be at least 18 years of age, • demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken, • be physically capable of safely carrying out the duties of a blaster, and • forward written proof acceptable to the examining officer that: – the candidate has had at least 6 months experience in blasting operations as an assistant to a blaster, and/or – the candidate's character, knowledge, qualifications and experience would make the candidate competent to handle explosives

Certification Requirements: Exam: Must successfully pass exam demonstrating knowledge about

Part 21 of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and applicable sections of the WorkSafeBC Blaster's Handbook. Other reference information can be found in the Transportation of Dangerous Good Regulations, the Explosives Act and the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act.

Length of Certification Blaster's certificates will normally be issued for a period of

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h. Truck Driver Description: Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and

materials over urban, inter-urban, provincial and international routes. They are employed by transportation, manufacturing, distribution and moving companies, and trucking employment service agencies, or they may be selfemployed. This group also includes drivers of special purpose trucks and shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots.

Truck drivers in British Columbia require a Class 3 commercial license to operate vehicles with more than two axles. This includes smaller commercial vehicles such as tow trucks and dump trucks. For trucks with semi-trailers, drivers require a Class 1 driver’s license. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age to obtain a Class 3 license, and at least 19 to obtain a Class 1 license. All drivers must also meet required medical standards before receiving a license. Vision, hearing and physical and medical conditions are screened prior to licensing.

Links: To get information about types and classes of driver’s

licences in B.C., go to: Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC):

www.icbc.com

Entry Requirements: To hold a commercial license, you must:

• hold a full-privilege BC driver’s licence (Class 5 or 6) or an out-of-province equivalent

• have and provide an acceptable driving record with less than four penalty point incidents in the past two years and no motor vehicle-related criminal convictions within the past three years • be at least 19 years old if applying for a Class 1, 2 or 4 licence • be at least 18 if applying for a Class 3 licence or for a heavy trailer endorsement

Licencing Requirements: Knowledge Exam: Pass the commercial knowledge test Practice Time with Individuals are encouraged to practice road skills in advance Commercial Learner’s of taking the practical road test. Licence: Commercial Road Test: Practical exam of commercial driving skills

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Truck Driver Training Programs

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Name of Program: Class 1-5, Air Brakes Location: • Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, and Vanderhoof (in partnership with E & R Professional Driver Training)

• Burns Lake (in partnership with BV Driving School)

Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/ class4_5_Nechako_PG.htm Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Name of Program: Heavy Haul Truck Location: MacKenzie Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/Campuses/Mackenzie_Campus.htm Training Provider: Fox Professional Driving Training Centres, Ltd. Name of Program: Class 1 and 3, Air Brakes Location: Multiple locations; check website for details Link: www.foxpro.bc.ca/class-01.html Training Provider: Kitimat Valley Institute Name of Program: Class 1, Air Brakes Location: Kitimat Link: www.kvic.ca/index.php Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Name of Program: Class 1, Class 3, Air Brakes Location: Contact College for current program locations Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/programs-courses/ explore-our-programs/ workforce-training-continuing-studies/

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Training Provider: Philcan Professional Driving School Name of Program: Class 1 and 3, Air Brakes Location: • Terrace • Thornhill

Phone: 1 (250) 615-0485 Training Provider: R.K.’s Pro Driving School Name of Program: Class 1 and 3, Air Brakes Location: Port Edward Link: www.rkpro.net

*ESA = Employment Skills Access

This program helps unemployed and underemployed workers develop their skills and transition into new or better jobs. Program covers tuition and fees for specific intensive training programs offered throughout the region. The program may also cover costs such as books, course materials, transportation and childcare.

Check for eligibility with your training provider. www.nwcc.bc.ca/programs-courses/explore-our-programs/ workforce-training-continuing-studies/employment-skills-access *

$44,000-$53,000

The average annual salary for a truck driver.

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If you have decided that one of the in-demand occupational areas in Biology, Geology or Engineering is for you, then work through the following Decision Tree. Consider your training options in terms of finances and the amount of time you want to spend in a post-secondary institution. There are many options for entering a career in these fields of work. With careful selection, you can build your career slowly by interspersing work experience with certificate, diploma and degree programs. This career laddering can help build your experience and expertise as you acquire educational credentials. Another option is to complete the educational requirement for your chosen profession quickly by taking 4-5 years to get your degree. Selecting a post-secondary institution is an important decision for ensuring success. Consider the pros and cons of each institution with the program you want. If you want to live, work and play in the Northwest, then consider learning options in the Northwest. If you move away from where you live, there are extra costs to consider, for example, accommodation and transportation, on top of tuition, books and program supplies.

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Post-secondary institutions offer many delivery options for students including parttime, co-op, and online/distance programming. Check with your training provider to determine if they have program delivery options that will allow you to learn while you earn. Also check into services that they may provide, such as subsidized childcare and tutoring support.

Your decisions are an investment in your future.

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Biology and Environmental Sciences/Natural Resources Management Geology and the Geosciences Civil, Electrical, Geological, Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Each field of work forms a section in this part of the guide. Each section provides a brief explanation of the field of work and a series of tables that provide information on available certificate, diploma, associate science degrees and degree programs.

How Training Programs Differ and Why Training providers offer programs that provide different levels of knowledge and skills, that vary in terms of program length and focus, and that lead to four different types of credentials: certificates, diplomas, associate science degrees and degrees. The table below outlines the general differences between these types of credentials. TYPE OF CREDENTIAL

Certificate Diploma Associate Science Degree Degree

COURSE LENGTH (ACADEMIC YEAR) 1 year

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POTENTIAL TYPE OF WORK Technical Assistant, e.g. assist technician/technologist with implementation and information collection Technician/Technologist, e.g. implements and/or monitors work methodologies and collects information Professional such as a Scientist, e.g. sets parameters of work, determines work methodologies and oversees work activities

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Certificate level programs are entry-level educational programs. They typically provide a broad overview of a field of study to provide a foundation for understanding, but with a focus on application and field-work. Certificate holders would work as an assistant under the supervision of a technician or professional. Diploma programs provide a level of understanding of the foundations of the area of study and focus on the technical aspects of the field of study. Under the direction and supervision of a professional, they would be responsible for assisting the professional with the technical aspects of the work, for example: setting up field equipment, collecting data, monitoring processes, etc. Many colleges and universities offer Associate Science Degrees, with or without specializations, which prepare students to transfer to programs that offer degrees in their areas of interest. This is useful for students who have not decided which aspect of the sciences they wish to pursue. Graduates of Associate Science Degree programs typically select a specific field of study and go on to enrol in degree programs. Students enrolled in Associate Degree programs who are interested in transferring to degree programs at other training institutions should check to ensure that the courses they are taking are transferable and recognized by their selected training institution. Many degree-granting universities have agreements with colleges to accept students from Associate Science programs. Check with a counsellor or use the BC Council on Admissions and Transferability Guide. http://bctransferguide.ca/ CHECK Holders of an Associate Science degree have the same level of work responsibility as someone with a diploma. They typically work under the direction and supervision of a professional. Graduates of Degree programs are considered scientists or specialists working in their field of study. In some fields of study they can apply for Professional status, and may need this status to practice in their field of work. Professionals in their field of work lead projects and studies, determine the parameters of the work, determine what scientific methods will be applied, analyze and interpret collected data, and write reports on their work.

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Build on previous programs. Have a certificate? Add a year and get your diploma. Got a diploma? Add two years and get your degree.

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Training Program Tables For each of the following three sections, there is a broad explanation of the field of work followed by tables of training providers of certificate, diploma, associate science degree and degree programs. More detailed information has been provided for programs in the Northwestern Region and each table contains a link to the program description on the training institution’s website, if available. It is important to check the websites of training institutions to get the most current information about programs that you may be interested in. Program requirementsCHECK such as academic prerequisites, costs, and application processes are subject to change. When selecting programs, be sure to think about your future career goals to ensure that the programs you select are recognized by other institutions, professional organizations and employers. For information on course transferability, use the BC Council on Admissions and Transferability guide at: http://bctransferguide.ca/ Check the websites of professional organizations, such as those listed below, to ensure your program will meet their academic requirements for membership.

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The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC: www.apeg.bc.ca/reg/ The Association of BC Forest Professionals: www.abcfp.ca/regulating_the_profession/practicing_in_bc.asp The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC: www.asttbc.org/registration/technologists/professionaltechnologist.php The Association of Professional Biology: www.cab-bc.org/registered-professional-biologist

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Get work experience between programs. Have a certificate? Work for a while and then go back to get your diploma. Got a diploma? Work for a while and then go back to get your degree.

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Biology and Environmental Sciences/ Natural Resources Management Description: Biology is a natural science that studies living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution and taxonomy, including how organisms interact in their environment. The work of biologists often informs Natural Resource Management, which is the study of how people and the natural landscape interact. People and their livelihoods, the sustainability of industries, rely on the health and productivity of landscapes. Biologists and natural resource management professionals are responsible for measuring and monitoring the impact of human activities and the maintenance of the landscape. These areas of study form the basis for environmental monitoring, which is the process and activity that takes place to characterize and monitor the quality of the environment. The environment includes water bodies, forests, plants, animals, soil, and cultural artifacts/heritage sites. The training programs for the Biology section have been divided into three areas of interest: 1a. Biology/Ecology

1b. Environmental Sciences/Resource Management 1c. Forestry

Each area of interest will list programs in order by certificate, diploma, associate science degree and degree. Programs are listed in alphabetical order by training provider. For programs provided in the Northwest, look for the

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1a. Biology/Ecology Certificates and Courses in Biology/Ecology Name of Program: Environmental Field Assistant Certificate Description: Participants in this 13-week program will gain the practical environmental monitoring skills required to assist environmental monitoring professionals: biologists, environmental technicians, hydrologists, engineers, etc.

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/__shared/assets/ Enviro_Field_Asst22935.pdf Name of Program: Citation in Ecology Description: The Citation in Ecology recognizes students who have

completed a number of ecology-related Biology courses while working toward an Associate of Science Degree, a Diploma in Arts and Science, or another university-transfer program.

Training Provider: Langara College Link: www.langara.bc.ca/programs-and-courses/programs/ biology/program-curriculum.html#Associate %20of%20Science%20Degree%20in%20Ecology

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Name of Program: Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE) Certificate Description: Prepares students for careers in coastal natural resources

management, ecosystem restoration, environmental monitoring, and many others. Program balances foundational learning in areas such as biology, geography, chemistry and oceanography with applied courses in areas such as salmon, ground fish and shellfish management, stream habitat restoration, rainforest ecology, wildlife management, as well as technology training in computer database management, GIS mapping, surveying and technical writing and presentation. Includes real-world, community-based projects to gain employment-ready experience. Courses are transferable to diploma or degree programs.

Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Location: Prince Rupert Entry Requirements: • Prerequisites to the program are on a course-by-course basis.

Graduate Requirements: • 28 credits with a minimum of 8 credits from ACE courses for certificate

Program Length: 1 year Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/applied-coastal-ecology-ace

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Diplomas in Biology/Ecology Name of Program: Diploma of Arts and Science (Biology) Description: Program provides a Biology focus for two years of science

study. It is intended to give students a solid foundation for further study in Biology and to provide strong laboratory and field skills.

Training Provider: Langara College Link: www.langara.bc.ca/programs-and-courses/programs/ biology/program-curriculum.html Name of Program: Applied Coastal Ecology Diploma Description: Prepares students for careers in coastal natural resources

management, ecosystem restoration, environmental monitoring, and many others. Program balances foundational learning in areas such as biology, geography, chemistry and oceanography with applied courses in areas such as salmon, ground fish and shellfish management, stream habitat restoration, rainforest ecology, wildlife management, as well as technology training in computer database management, GIS mapping, surveying and technical writing and presentation. Includes real-world, community-based projects to gain employment-ready experience. Courses are transferable to degree programs.

Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Location: Prince Rupert Entry Requirements: • Completion of ACE certificate program • Can be completed as a post-degree program for students with a related BSc degree which includes 6 credits of first year chemistry, 6 credits of first year biology and 6 credit of second year biology

Graduate Requirements: 38.5 credits from required course list and 35 credits of

elective courses, with 15 credits from second year courses: • Geography 204, Oceanography 208, Oceanography 209; and, • A minimum of 14 credits of A.C.E. courses; and, • Any 6 credits of the following: all other A.C.E. courses, BIOL211, BIOL235, GEOG150, GEOG160, ANTH111, ANTH112, ANTH212, ANTH240, ANTH250, ANTH245.

Program Length: 2 years Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/applied-coastal-ecology-ace

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Associate Science Degrees in Biology/Ecology Name of Program: Associate Science Degree in Biology Description: A two-year program, of a well-rounded slate of studies, to

prepare graduates to successfully meet new challenges in employment or further education. Co-op opportunities are available. There is a transfer agreement with Royal Roads University.

Training Provider: Camosun College Link: http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/biol/adsci/ Name of Program: Associate Science Degree Description: The curriculum for this program is two years of university level study in a variety of specific science disciplines, such as biology. Transfer credit recognition is given by full degreegranting universities and colleges.

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/Science_AD.htm Name of Program: Associate of Science degree - Biology Description: An Associate of Science Degree with a discipline

specialization requires the same number of credits as any other Associate of Science Degree. To obtain a discipline specialization, Douglas College students must complete 18 or more credits (of the 60 credits required for their degree) in a given academic discipline, and nine of those 18 credits must be considered second-year courses. To qualify as a second-year course, a course must transfer to one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic, or UNBC) at the second-year level.

Training Provider: Douglas College Link: www.douglas.bc.ca/calendar/credent/ crintro.html#associateOfScience

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Name of Program: Associate of Science Degree in Biology/Geography

Description: This two-year associate degree is designed to provide an

educational experience that prepares students for work, citizenship and an enriched life as an educated person, and to lay a solid foundation for further study in the field of Biology/Geography. Transfer to BSc programs available.

Training Provider: Kwantlen Polytechnic Links: www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/2012-13/ science-hort/biology-asc.html www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/2012-13/

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Name of Program: Associate of Science Degree in General Biology Description: A two-year program that provides an excellent grounding in a

broad range of biology topics. You will also be able to choose courses in numerous specialties, such as ecology, microbiology, genetics, as you focus more closely on your personal interests and career goals.

Training Provider: Langara College Link: www.langara.bc.ca/programs-and-courses/programs/ biology/program-curriculum.html Name of Program: Associate Science Degree Description: A two-year program for students preparing to complete their

studies in a selected profession only offered at another institution. Associate Degrees are available in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Mathematics, Computing Science, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, PreNaturopathic, Pre-Optometry and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. It is an option for those still undecided on their specific field of study.

Training Provider: Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Link: www.tru.ca/science/programs/ degrees.html#Associate%20of%20Science

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Name of Program: General Associate of Science Degree Description: This program consists of two years of courses, and fulfills

most or all course requirements to enter the third year of Bachelor of Science degree programs at universities in British Columbia. Students may complete a General Associate of Science degree, or choose from discipline-specific Associate of Science degrees in either Biochemistry or Biology.

Training Provider: Selkirk College Link: http://selkirk.ca/program/ general-associate-science-degree/overview

Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biology/Ecology Name of Program: Bachelor’s Degree in Ecological Restoration Description: An additional two year post-FWR or SEM diploma program;

Ecological Restoration is a scientific discipline that has recently emerged due to the increasing need to restore damaged ecosystems. This program provides a strong foundation in the methods available to restore a broad range of ecosystems that have been impacted by human influences in British Columbia, across Canada and in other parts of the world.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/8040btech Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Biology including Majors in General Biology, Animal Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology

Description: 4-5-year science program with Majors in Animal, Ecology and

Environmental Biology. Honours programs and co-op education opportunities are available.

Training Provider: Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Link: www.tru.ca/science/programs/biology/about.html

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Name of Program: Natural Systems and Resources Emphasis (B.Sc.) Description: This degree is a hybrid of both geography and biology. It is ideal for those interested in wildlife, reclamation, parks, ecological restoration, forest systems, marine systems, agriculture, land use planning, environmental consulting, resource management, conservation, and other naturalist occupations.

Training Provider: Trinity Western University (TWU) Link: www.twu.ca/academics/interdisciplinary/ environment/emphases.html Name of Program: Biology Major Bachelor of Science Description: Program provides students the opportunity of studying a broad

range of biological fields in contemporary cell biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, botany, zoology and ecology. Courses of study in a major fully meet the requirements for professional schools as well as those for graduate schools.

Training Provider: Trinity Western University (TWU) Link: www.twu.ca/academics/science/biology/ programs/biology-major.html Name of Program: Biology Honours Bachelor of Science with Ecology emphasis

Description: Students in the Ecology honours program study the living

creation around them and the interactions within it. Course work is focused in organismal biology in Botany, Zoology and Microbiology, involving taxonomy and phylogeny, and the relationships between organisms and their surroundings. Ecology courses provide a broad understanding of ecosystems, as well as the role of human activities in the environment. Opportunities for hands-on experience are available.

Training Provider: Trinity Western University (TWU) Link: www.twu.ca/academics/science/biology/programs/ honours-ecology.html

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Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Freshwater Science Description: The Freshwater Science program integrates and synthesizes

aquatic aspects of biology, chemistry, geography and earth and environmental sciences. Students will study water quality and quantity, aquatic organisms and the health of aquatic ecosystems. Fourth-year students undertake an individual project in their area of interest, and participate in a group research project under the direction of the program coordinator.

Training Provider: University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) Link: http://eesc.ok.ubc.ca/undergrad/program/fresh.html Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Biology Description: This four-year program integrates coursework from the

departments of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Each department in the Faculty offers programs of varying levels of specialization in one or more disciplines leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc). Co-op opportunities are available.

Training Provider: University of Victoria (UVIC) Link: http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2013/FACS/ FoSc/DoBi/BiPr.html Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Earth and Ocean Sciences

Description: This four-year program integrates course work from the

departments of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics and Astronomy, and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Each department in the Faculty offers programs of varying levels of specialization in one or more disciplines leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc). Co-op opportunities are available.

Training Provider: University of Victoria (UVIC) Link: http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2013/FACS/ FoSc/DoBi/CBanEaOSPR.html

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Name of Program: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Major option, Biology

Description: The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a broadly based

undergraduate program in biology that is designed to present the major concepts of contemporary biology at the molecular, cellular, organismic, population and community levels. The degree is designed to have sufficient flexibility for the student to follow interests ranging from microbial to plant to fish or wildlife biology. Capitalizing on the northern setting of the University, there is an emphasis on northern flora and fauna, morphological, biochemical, physiological and behavioural modifications to temperate and arctic conditions and the dynamics of microbial, plant and animal populations in northern ecosystems.

Training Provider: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Location: Northwest (Terrace, Prince Rupert) Entry Requirements: • English 12 and three approved Grade 12 courses • Pre-calculus 12 recommended for pre-requisite purposes • A fifth Grade 12 course • Minimum admission average of 65%

Graduate Requirements: • At least 65 credit hours of biology-oriented courses, of

which 42 credit hours must be upper division (i.e. 300 or 400 level) Note: NRES 430-6 can count as up to six credit hours toward this requirement (with permission of the Biology Program Chair.

• Minimum requirement for the completion of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology is 126 credit hours.

Program Length: 4-5 years Tuition: Fees are based on the number of credit hours of the courses being taken in each semester. Additional fees apply; check the website.

Link: www.unbc.ca/calendar/undergraduate/biology

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1b. Environmental Science/Natural Resource Management Certificates and Courses in Environmental Science/ Natural Resource Management Name of Program: Environmental Resources Technician Certificate Description: This one-year program is the basis for the Environmental Resource Technology diploma program.

Training Provider: Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) Link: www.nvit.bc.ca/ program.aspx?pgmID=49&expandDept=true Name of Program: Environmental Technician Certificate Description: A series of five 1-week training modules that are delivered in

communities using the local environment for fieldwork. Program develops the environmental monitoring skills and abilities required to assist: biologists, environmental technicians, engineers, hydrologists, and site restoration and environmental monitoring professionals. Designed to address the nation-wide need for certified, skilled aboriginal environmental field technicians. Courses include: • Land Monitoring Skills (5 days) • Water Monitoring Skills (5 days) • Construction Site Monitoring Skills (5 days) • Fish and Fish Habitat Monitoring Skills (5 days) • Essential Environmental Skills (5 days)

Training Provider: Kitimat Valley Institute (KVI) Location: Kitimat Entry Requirements: Appropriate First Aid with CPR (Occupational First Aid Level 1

or Equivalent) for Fish and Fish Habitat Monitoring Skills course PLUS leak-proof chest waders, brimmed hat and wading belt and polarized sunglasses. Personal rain gear/clothing, footwear, work gloves, visi vest and clinometer are mandatory for the whole program.

Graduate Requirements: 90% attendance, demonstration of practical field skills and completion of field journal assignments

Program Length: 5 weeks Link: http://www.kvic.ca/index.php/test-menu-2

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Name of Program: Environmental Monitor Assistant Certificate Description: Tailored to the needs of northern BC, this training program

prepares students for entry-level fieldwork with a focus on environmental monitoring. Training topics include data collection methods and information management; monitoring aquatic and terrestrial environments; traditional knowledge; site characterization and reclamation and safety certifications.

Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Location: Can be offered anywhere in Northwestern BC region Entry Requirements: Minimum age 18 years; pass a pre-assessment for literacy

and math (grade 10 level); be in good physical condition; be prepared to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions; submit a Criminal Record Check along with their application

Graduate Requirements: • Average of 70% to pass the course • Students must successfully complete each course/ module of the program in order to receive a certificate. • If a student does not pass a safety certificate component of the program, students may receive up to one year to complete. Upon completion of safety certification, students may be issued a certificate for the program.

Program Length: 56 days (length of schedule may vary depending on modules) Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/ environmental-monitor-assistant-program-emap

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Name of Program: Guardian Watchmen Training Certificate Description: The Guardian Watchmen training program is a locally-

developed, regionally-appropriate and accessible program. It builds and strengthens local peoples' capacity as environmental stewards – the "on-the-ground-eyes-andears"– of resource activity on the Central and North Coast. The course consists of four modules. • Safety • Natural Resources and Ecology • Cultural Knowledge and Interpretation • Monitoring and Compliance

Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Location: Communities in Northwestern BC Entry Requirements: • Math 10 or MATH 0301/0302 (or MATH 032 or MATH

033) and English 10 (or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032) or completion of program Personal Profile and permission of program coordinator

• Grade 10 recommended. • Credit given for previously obtained courses/certificates that are part of Module 1.

Graduate Requirements: Module 1 is required to graduate Program Length: Under review. Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/guardian-watchmen Name of Program: Environmental Monitor – Training Program – Regulatory Specialization

Description: • Regulatory monitors learn how to monitor the activities of

Industry to ensure they are in line with land use and other environmental impact agreements. This Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources’ (BEAHR) training program provides instruction on how to observe the environment and the impacts of human and industrial activities, how to communicate this information to stakeholders, and help mitigate negative environmental impacts. Instruction is also provided on how to use standard equipment and tools, including safety equipment, maps, GPS, and recording equipment.

Training Provider: Tricorp Entry Requirements: Not specified, contact jnelson@tricorp.ca Graduate Requirements: Successful completion of program Program Length: 5 weeks Link: http://www.tricorp.ca/index.php/up_coming_opportunities

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Name of Program: Environmental Technician Certificate Program (ETCP)

Description: A series of five 1-week training modules that are delivered in

communities using the local environment for fieldwork. Program develops the environmental monitoring skills and abilities required to assist: biologists, environmental technicians, engineers, hydrologists, and site restoration and environmental monitoring professionals. Designed to address the nation-wide need for certified, skilled aboriginal environmental field technicians. Courses include: • Land Monitoring Skills (5 days) • Water Monitoring Skills (5 days) • Construction Site Monitoring Skills (5 days) • Fish and Fish Habitat Monitoring Skills (5 days) • Essential Environmental Skills (5 days)

Training Provider: Vancouver Island University (VIU) Link: www.viu.ca/nrep/environment/Certificates/aet.asp

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Diplomas in Environmental Science/Natural Resource Management Name of Program: Fish, Wildlife and Recreation (FWR) Diploma Description: The two-year provides hands-on training in managing

fisheries, wildlife, and parks and recreational lands. The program is designed provide a broad range of applied skills, experiences and knowledge. A significant amount of course time is spent outside to learn to identify, inventory, and monitor BC’s fish and wildlife species and the habitats they use. Students will learn how parks and protected areas are established, designed and managed. Upon completion graduates will be ready to work in the dynamic and diverse field of resource management.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/7200diplt#fwr Name of Program: Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) Diploma

Description: This two-year fully integrated diploma of technology program

focuses on forestry, arboriculture and natural resource management supporting the growth of sustainable communities. Graduates can choose to work in the rural or urban environment in a variety of positions. Graduates are eligible to receive Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) status in British Columbia.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/7270diplt Name of Program: Natural Resources and Environmental Technology (NRET) Diploma

Description: A two-year program that provides skills valuable to forestry,

oil/gas/mining exploration, utilities sector, municipalities, parks, and any organization that develops, explores, researches or protects forests and natural resources. The Association of BC Forest Professionals recognizes this diploma. The program has good transfer credit to TRU, UNBC, UBC and the University of Alberta.

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/cnc_programs/nretech.htm

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Name of Program: Diploma in Environmental Technology Description: In this science-based, 32-month program, academic

expertise is combined with hands-on laboratory and field skills to prepare students for immediate work. Environmental Technologists work within assessment teams collecting, collating and presenting information that will help decisionmakers understand how their decisions will affect the Earth and its inhabitants. The program also provides up to two years of transfer credit, allowing transfer to a university and directly into third year studies to complete a degree in biology, geography or environmental studies. It contains 13 courses (minimum), which have academic transfer to most universities. The Environmental Technology program has a full block transfer for students with the appropriate prerequisite qualifications into the third year for the BSc Environmental Sciences program or BSc in Environmental Management at Royal Roads University. Co-op programs are also available.

Training Provider: Camosun College Link: http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/envr/ Name of Program: Diploma in Applied Environmental Science Description: Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary two-year

program drawing upon Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics to study the nature and interactions of the four basic Earth systems: the Lithosphere, the Biosphere, the Atmosphere and the Hydrosphere. A theme in Earth Sciences, Biology or Oceanography is selected in the second year of study. Co-op opportunities are available.

Training Provider: Douglas College Link: www.douglas.bc.ca/calendar/programs/ applied-environmental-science-diploma.html

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Name of Program: Diploma of Technology in Environmental Protection

Description: Graduates develop the skills needed to offer professional

advice on a wide range of subjects, including: environmental impact assessment; hazardous and non-hazardous waste management; waste reduction and reuse strategies; air, soil and water pollution prevention and monitoring; compliance auditing; and contaminated site investigation and remediation. This skill set is based on an integrated, handson training program that gives graduates a good working knowledge of physical and life sciences, including general biology, ecology, toxicology, chemistry, physics and statistics. Transfer to degree programs and co-op education option are available.

Training Provider: Kwantlen Polytechnic Link: www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/2012-13/science-hort/ environmentalprotectiontechnology-dip.html Name of Program: Diploma of Arts and Sciences in Environmental Sciences

Description: A two-year program intended to give students a solid

foundation for further study in Environmental Sciences. Transfer of credits to degree program is possible.

Training Provider: Langara College Link: www.langara.bc.ca/programs-and-courses/ programs/environmental-studies Name of Program: Environmental Resource Technology Diploma Description: The two-year program provides training that reflects

traditional native ethics of respect and care in the management and protection of forests, grassland, range, fish, wildlife and other wilderness resources. The NRT diploma is recognized by the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals (ABCFP) for graduates applying for registration with the ABCFP as Trainee Forest Technologists (TFT). The program is also nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.

Training Provider: Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) Link: www.nvit.bc.ca/program.aspx?pgmID=7

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Name of Program: Integrated Environmental Planning Diploma Description: A nationally accredited, integrated two-year Environment

Planning (IEP) diploma program that offers a diverse and complementary set of courses for professional opportunities in land use planning, environmental management and environmental technology.

Training Provider: Selkirk College Link: http://selkirk.ca/program/iep Name of Program: Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Diploma Description: This two-year program uses cutting-edge technology with

field-based learning to provide hands-on skills and knowledge necessary to successfully compete for jobs like Park Rangers, Fisheries and Wildlife Technicians, outdoor recreation, and in the forest industry.

Training Provider: Selkirk College Link: http://selkirk.ca/program/rfw Name of Program: Resource Management Officer Technology Diploma

Description: A two-year diploma program designed to prepare students for careers related to the protection and management of Canada’s fisheries, wildlife, and parks resources. Students are required to participate in a two-week practicum at an offcampus location in the Fall semester of the second year

Training Provider: Vancouver Island University (VIU) Link: www.viu.ca/calendar/Technology/rmot.asp

$33,000

The average entry-level wage of an environmental monitor with a college-level diploma. Those with several years of

experience can make between $42,000 and $72,000/year.

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Associate Science Degrees in Environmental Science/ Natural Resource Management Name of Program: Associate Degree in Environmental Science Description: The Associate Degree in Environmental Science is awarded to students who complete the general requirements for an Associate of Science Degree (described above) but who wish to focus their interest on courses concerned with important and pressing environmental issues. As such, this program concentrates on the fundamental principles of science that govern and describe the physical and biological character of the Earth and on matters concerned with environmental degradation. Therefore, this program will be suitable for those interested in issues such as resource depletion, air and water pollution, waste management, global warming, and species extinction.

Training Provider: Douglas College Link: www.douglas.bc.ca/calendar/credent/ crintro.html#environmentalScience Name of Program: Associate of Science Degree in Environmental Studies

Description: This interdisciplinary program draws from four critical study

areas - biology, chemistry, English, geography – as well as including a number of specific environmental courses. Elective courses are chosen from a wide range of subjects to suit a particular student’s interests. A one-week field school is conducted at the end of the second year. All courses have university-transfer credit providing students with the option of further study should they wish to obtain a university degree in Environmental Studies or other arts and science disciplines. Block transfer agreements with BC universities allow entry into the third year of certain programs. Co-op education options are available.

Training Provider: Langara College Link: www.langara.bc.ca/programs-and-courses/programs/ environmental-studies/program-curriculum.html

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Bachelor of Science Degrees in Environmental Science/ Natural Resource Management Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management

Description: This is a degree completion program, encompassing years

three and four of a four-year undergraduate degree. The BSc in Environmental Management is a two-year, interdisciplinary program that combines three intensive three-week, oncampus residencies with online learning at a distance. This blended-delivery model will allow students to complete their degree while continuing to work. It is an integrated, interdisciplinary program that provides the skills, knowledge and tools to identify and assess the qualitative, scientific, and technical components of environmental issues. Students will acquire and apply relevant skills and knowledge in the fields of environmental ecology, atmospheric and ocean sciences, geomorphology, soil sciences, environmental hydrology and remediation. Students will examine global issues through land use planning, global processes, tools for management and decision-making and, will integrate their skills to address environmental issues from a sustainability perspective.

Training Provider: Royal Roads University (RRU) Link: www.royalroads.ca/prospective-students/ bachelor-science-environmental-management Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Description: This is a degree completion program, encompassing years

three and four of a four-year undergraduate degree, building on prior environmental studies. The BSc in Environmental Science is a full-time, interdisciplinary program that combines years three and four into an intensive one year, on-campus experience. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSc-ES) program includes courses in environmental management, economics, law, community relations, communications skills and sustainable development.

Training Provider: Royal Roads University (RRU) Link: www.royalroads.ca/prospective-students/ bachelor-science-environmental-science

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Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice Description: The Environmental Practice programs are 30-credit, online

programs offered as either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science (BAEP/BScEP) degree. These are degree-completion programs, which requires completion of third year of postsecondary education. The Environmental Practice program allows completion of a four-year undergraduate degree. Both programs are coordinated by Royal Roads University and utilize courses from universities and colleges across the country. The BAEP/BScEP programs are offered through the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education (CCEE), which is a partnership between Royal Roads University and Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada).

Training Provider: Royal Roads University (RRU) Link: www.royalroads.ca/prospective-students/ bachelor-science-environmental-practice Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Description: This is an interdisciplinary four-year program that fosters

critical thinking about our natural surroundings and educates students to understand and use science to resolve environmental issues. The program provides a broad education with a specialization in one of four concentrations: • Applied Biology • Environmental Earth Systems • Environmetrics • Water Science The course requirements for the concentrations differ primarily in their upper level courses, although there are a few differences in the lower level courses. Co-op education options available.

Training Provider: Simon Fraser University (SFU) Link: www.sfu.ca/evsc/program-overview.html

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Name of Program: Bachelor of Natural Resource Sciences Description: A four-year program to prepare students for careers in a wide

range of natural resource sector jobs and for further academic study in graduate school. The program provides a unique combination of courses covering biology, ecology, scientific methods, and sector-specific resource management skills in a co-operative education format. Upon graduation, students will have acquired a wide range of technical abilities to assess the status of aspects of ecosystems such as forestry, fisheries, range, and recreation. Courses meet requirements for professional accreditation (certification by the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters (ABCPF), or B.C. Institute of Agrologists (PAg). Co-op education opportunities are available.

Training Provider: Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Link: www.tru.ca/science/programs/nrs.html Name of Program: Biochemical Emphasis (B.Sc.) Description: This emphasis is ideal for those interested in applying

chemical knowledge to biological systems, environmental toxicology, health effects, bioremediation, phytoremediation, biogeochemistry, applied chemistry, hazardous waste disposal, global elemental cycles, environmental consulting, chemical ecology, agriculture, pesticides, and toxic organics.

Training Provider: Trinity Western University (TWU) Link: www.twu.ca/academics/interdisciplinary/ environment/emphases.html Name of Program: Physical and Analytical Emphasis (B.Sc.) Description: This degree emphasis focuses on physical and chemical

processes, mechanisms, and the analysis of environmental parameters. It is ideal for those interested in environmental monitoring (industrial, agricultural, natural), environmental cleanup, environmental chemistry, environmental laboratory analysis, hazardous waste storage and remediation, biogeochemistry, global warming, environmental consulting, and energy issues

Training Provider: Trinity Western University (TWU) Link: www.twu.ca/academics/interdisciplinary/ environment/emphases.html

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Name of Program: Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Major option, Natural Resources Management Three majors options:

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Forest Ecology and Management Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Wildlife and Fisheries

Description: Program offers students an integrated resource management

approach with specialization through majors in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, and Outdoor Recreation and Conservation. Multiple and sustainable resource management is emphasized. The Forestry major is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board and meets certification requirements for the BC Forest Professional.

Training Provider: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/calendar/undergraduate/nrem Name of Program: Bachelor of Science Honours in Environmental Science

Description: The BSc Honours-Environmental Science provides a higher

level of specialization and research experience, especially for students planning to proceed to postgraduate work.

Training Provider: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Location: Northwest (Terrace, Prince Rupert) Entry Requirements: • Provincial requirements, recommended courses: Biology 11 or 12, Principles of Math 12 or pre-calculus 12, Physics 12

Graduate Requirements: • Honours students are required to complete the degree

requirements for the BSc Environmental Science Major.

• Honours students must complete an undergraduate thesis. The undergraduate thesis must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. • The minimum requirement for a BSc Honours degree is 127 credit hours.

Program Length: 4-5 years Tuition: Fees are based on the number of credit hours of the courses being taken in each semester. Additional fees apply; check the website.

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Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation, Science and Management

Description: The Science and Management Major focuses on the

conservation and management of renewable natural resources, and landscape and local level planning for both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Training Provider: University of British Columbia (UBC) Link: http://forestry.sites.olt.ubc.ca/undergraduate/ prospective/degree-programs/ natural-resources-conservation/ science-and-management-major/

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1c. Forestry Certificates and Courses in Forestry Name of Program: Five-Day Silviculture Survey Training Description: Five-day classroom and fieldwork program designed to assist individuals preparing for survey field season. Course prepares individuals to write the Silviculture Survey Accreditation Examination.

Training Provider: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies Name of Program: Silviculture Survey Accreditation Exam Description: Two-day accreditation exam includes questions, case studies and a practical examination in the field.

Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies Name of Program: Silviculture Surveys for Contract Administrator Description: Review of Stocking and Free Growing Survey Procedures

Manual to identify impact on operational procedures and contract documentation.

Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies Name of Program: What’s New in Silviculture Surveys Description: Updating of surveyors with the most current information that impacts silviculture survey procedures. Includes distribution of current Stocking and Free Growing Procedures Manual

Training Provider: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies

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Diplomas in Forestry Name of Program: Forest Technology Diploma Description: This nationally accredited two-year Forest Technology

diploma program bridges the environment with people to ensure the balanced use of forested landscapes. Forestry professionals are trained to use an ecologically responsible approach in maintaining the integrity of the whole forest in the short and long term. Includes four-month co-op experience.

Training Provider: Selkirk College Link: http://selkirk.ca/program/forest-technology Name of Program: Forest Resources Technology Diploma Description: This two-year program provides the technical training required for starting a career in most fields of forest technology. The program emphasizes the recognition and appreciation of all the major values of the forest including timber, recreation, wildlife, range, fish, water, and visual landscapes. The program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board. Graduates of this program meet the required standard for membership in the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals (ABCFP) as Registered Forest Technologists (RFT).

Training Provider: Vancouver Island University (VIU) Link: www.viu.ca/calendar/Technology/forestresources.asp

$33,000-$37,000

The wage range Forest Technologists can expect to make in their first few years of work.

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Forest Resources Management

Description: Students learn how to integrate the use of a wide variety of

natural resources including range, recreation, timber, water and wildlife. They study the basic sciences upon which forest resources management is based, and, through a choice of electives, emphasize biological, economic, social, or quantitative aspects. An International Specialization is also possible to focus on forest management in another part of the world. Students from this program can apply to become Registered Professional Foresters.

Training Provider: University of British Columbia (UBC) Link: http://forestry.sites.olt.ubc.ca/undergraduate/ prospective/degree-programs/ forest-resources-management/ Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Forestry Description: Students study the scientific principles related to the growth

and development of forest organisms, and the ecology of plant and animal communities. Students select an area of concentration during their second year and specialize their studies according to their own interests, including genetics, ecology, entomology, pathology, silviculture, and fire science. This program provides a partial basis for acquiring professional certification (Registered Professional Foresters or Registered Professional Biologists).

Training Provider: University of British Columbia (UBC) Link: http://forestry.sites.olt.ubc.ca/undergraduate/ prospective/degree-programs/forest-sciences/ Name of Program: BSc-Honours in Forest Ecology and Management Description: The Honours in Forest Ecology and Management recognizes undergraduate students who both excel at their studies and complete the Undergraduate Thesis.

Training Provider: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/calendar/undergraduate/nrem

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Field of Work: Geology and the Geosciences Geoscience includes the sciences (geology, geophysics, geochemistry) that study the structure, evolution and dynamics of the planet Earth and its natural mineral and energy resources. Geoscience investigates the processes that have shaped the Earth through its 4600 million year history and uses the rock record to unravel that history it is concerned with the real world beyond the laboratory and has direct relevance to the needs of society.

Geoscience includes the study and mapping of the distribution of rocks exposed at the Earth's surface, how they are folded, fractured and altered by geological processes and how to determine their ages and field relations. This data informs the production of geological maps and databases, which are the basic tools underpinning the use of geological resources. Geoscience provides the knowledge and understanding of how energy resources such as oil and gas, coal and uranium are formed and where they may be found - key information for the design of costeffective exploration program. Geoscience is also involved in the search for sources of geothermal energy: several types of rock act as heat reservoirs and in many parts of the world this heat is used as an energy resource.

Engineering Geology involves major construction projects such as dams and tunnels, which disturb the physical environment. Engineering design parameters need to be based on geoscientific investigation of local ground conditions. This also applies to the design and safety of landfill sites and other environmentally sensitive developments. This area of study also includes the movement, behaviour and quality of groundwater, and potential sources of pollution, and design exploration programmes for new water supplies.

Geologists and Geoscientists apply their knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology and other sciences to study the liquid and solid matter that constitutes the earth and the processes that have shaped it. Geologists are engaged in exploration for mining companies in search of metals, oils, and other Earth resources. They are also in the forefront of natural hazards and disasters warning and mitigation, such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, tsunamis, and weather storms. Their studies are used to warn the general public of the occurrence of these events.

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Geological Engineers apply their knowledge of geological sciences and/or engineering analysis, methods and principles to interpret, consult, investigate, plan, design and/or supervise construction for the purpose of assuring that the geologic elements affecting the structures, works or projects are appropriately treated by the responsible engineer.

Mining Engineers apply their knowledge of geological sciences and/or engineering analysis, methods and principles to decide how valuable a mineral deposit is and how best to mine it, to plan the day-to-day schedule and path of mining to maximize extraction and profit, and to ensure the safety of people and equipment through mine ventilation and rock mechanics. The training programs for the Geology section have been divided into three areas of interest: 2a. GIS/Geomatics

2b. Environmental Sciences 2c. Mining

Each area of interest will list programs in order by certificate, diploma, associate science degree and degree. Programs are listed in alphabetical order by training provider. Programs in engineering are provided in the next section, 3. Engineering. For programs provided in the Northwest, look for the

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2a. Geographical Information Systems (GIS)/Geomatics Certificates and Courses in GIS/Geomatics Name of Program: Intro to GIS and GIS Data and Analysis (These are two Continuing Education courses.)

Description: GIS combines elements of geography, computing, natural

resource management and spatial decision-making. Prepares individuals to learn the basic concepts and practical skills they need to begin creating maps and reports using ArcGIS.

Training Provider: Camoson College Link: http://camosun.ca/ce/ computer-training.html#cect573A Name of Program: Introduction to GIS Online Description: This course provides the convenience of learning ArcView GIS

while at work or at home. Provides online instructor interaction and feedback to insure success. Go from the basics of using ArcView to gather and map the data used in your daily GIS work to more advanced topics, which will help you become a skilled and knowledgeable GIS user.

Training Provider: Okanagan College (OC) Link: www.okanagan.bc.ca/Programs/Areas_of_Study/ cs/all-certificates/Computers_and_Technology/ GIS_Certificate/Geographic_Information_Systems_GIS_/ Programs/Intro_to_GIS_Online.html Name of Program: GIS Certificate Description: Provides students with little to no previous knowledge in

Geographical Information Systems software with the skills and knowledge needed for an advanced level of competence using industry-standard software. Program consists of three courses: • GIS Basics and Applications

• Programming and Automation • Advanced Arc/Info Course work includes three major projects and one major class project.

Training Provider: Okanagan College (OC) Link: www.okanagan.bc.ca/Programs/Areas_of_Study/ cs/all-certificates/Computers_and_Technology/ GIS_Certificate.html

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Name of Program: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Description: The program is designed for those individuals with little or no experience in mapping and GIS that will provide them with a level of competence and a broad skill set. Course includes six modules: • Data Creation and Manipulation

• Software Customization, Data Symbolization, Labeling and Map Elements • Geodatabases, Attributes and Data Conversion • Vector GIS Analysis and Modelbuilder • Raster GIS Analysis • Tins, Perspectives, Flys, Referencing and Rectification Additional module: Geographic Information Systems for the Gas and Oil Industry

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Program Length: 4 months Location: Terrace Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies/ geographical-information-systems

Diploma Programs in GIS/Geomatics Name of Program: Geomatics Engineering Technology Diploma Description: The Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma program is a

two-year course of study leading to a Diploma in Geomatics that is nationally accredited. Program provides a solid background in applied math, physics, cartography, photogrammetry, plane surveying, geodetic surveying and computer applications. Practical skills include field surveying, GPS and total station data collection and analysis together with computer assisted digital mapping using aerial photography and laser scan data.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/7490dipma

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Degree Programs in GIS/Geomatics Name of Program: Bachelor of Technology in GIS Description: This program will appeal to graduates from many areas, who wish to learn how to integrate GIS technology in their profession, for example: • Environmental Management Land Use Planning • Engineering • Natural Resource Management Transportation • Utilities • Mineral Exploration Two years full-time; one year (35 weeks full-time for major courses and part time for balance) accelerated program; three to seven years part-time. Also available online.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/8310btech Name of Program: Bachelor of Technology in Geomatics Description: This two-year program leading to a degree will appeal primarily to graduate Geomatics Engineering technologists who wish to pursue professional accreditation as Land Surveyors or develop their careers in other areas of Geomatics such as mapping or hydrography.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/8550btech#entry Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science and Bachelor of Science Honors in Geographic Science

Description: Four-year program offering full range of computer science, geography, and math courses

Training Provider: Simon Fraser University (SFU) Link: http://students.sfu.ca/calendar/2013/fall/programs/ geographic-information-science/major/ bachelor-of-science.html Name of Program: Geographic Information Systems Bachelor Degree

Description: A top quality, four-year program in GIS Training and GIS

Education to prepare students with essential skills to succeed in today's ever-changing Geomatics industry.

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2b. Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences/GeoScience Certificates and Courses in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences/GeoScience Name of Program: Applied Earth & Environmental Studies Certificate Description: Program is a one-year program that emphasizes the practical application of earth and environmental studies. Program has Geostudies or Geosciences options. Hands-on curriculum includes community-based projects and field-based studies. Courses may include: • Biology • Oceanography • Geology • Geography • Mining Exploration Field Assistant • Geostudies: – Anthropology/Cultural Resource Management – Environmental Monitoring Assistant or Reclamation and Prospecting • Geoscience: – Biology – Ecology and Ecosystems – Geography

Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Location: All campuses in Northwest BC Entry Requirements: Currently under review Graduate Requirements: Successful completion of all courses Program Length: Currently under review Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/ applied-earth-environmental-studies

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Associate Science Degree Programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences/GeoScience Name of Program: Associate Science Degree Description: The curriculum for this program is two years of university

level study in a variety of specific science disciplines, such as geology. Transfer credit recognition is given by full degreegranting universities and colleges.

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/Science_AD.htm Name of Program: Associate of Science Degree –

Environmental Geoscience Specialization

Description: Graduates will be well versed in atmospheric, hydrological,

ecological, and geological studies and may go on to complete degrees in geography, geology or biology or may find work in a variety of fields, such as mining and mineral exploration, fisheries, wildlife and freshwater management, climate modeling and wind and solar energy production. Fieldwork and field-based methods are an integral part of this Associate Degree. Many of the courses are transferable to science degree programs especially geosciences degree programs and are recognized by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.

Training Provider: Northwest Community College (NWCC) Entry Requirements: • BC High School Minimum: Grade 12 graduation preferred; individual course pre-requisites

• Alternate Minimum: Mature students, 19 and over, and students entering from CCP may be admitted without Grade 12

Graduate Requirements: Successful completion of all courses Program Length: 2 years Link: www.nwcc.bc.ca/program/ associate-science-degree-environmental-geosciencespecialization

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Degree Programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences/ GeoScience Name of Program: Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Description: This multi-disciplinary 4-5 year B.Sc. program provides an

education reflecting the direction of modern Earth and Environmental Science programs in Canada and elsewhere. It is intended to prepare students to meet the knowledge requirements for professional designation according to the guidelines of the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG).

Training Provider: University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) Link: http://eesc.ok.ubc.ca/undergrad/program/earth.html Name of Program: Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Major options: Environmental Science, Geography

Description: The Environmental Science Bachelor of Science degree is an

interdisciplinary degree in which students take a core curriculum along with an area of specialization. Program focuses on geography as an earth science, with introductions to biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, followed by upper-level courses in climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, soils and weathering, and geomatics. This combination enables the understanding of the interactions between the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, aided by the use of statistical techniques, mapping, remote sensing and geographic information systems. Courses will develop applied field and technical skills for associated career paths.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Entry Requirements: • English 12 and three approved Grade 12 Courses • Pre-calculus 12 recommended for pre-requisite purposes • A fifth Grade 12 course • Minimum admission average 65%

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… Bachelor of Science (BSc) Major options: Environmental Science, Geography continued …

Graduate Requirements: • A total of 97 credit hours of program core requirements in addition to an Area of Specialization.

• The major requires elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University • Geography major requires a minimum of 11 Geography courses (31 credit hours). Of these courses, a minimum of five must be upper division. • Students are required to take a minimum of 24 credit hours of Elective Science Courses, of which 15 credit hours must be upper division in order to successfully complete degree requirements. • Additional electives are required to ensure the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Program Length: 4-5 years Tuition: Fees are based on the number of credit hours of the courses

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$64,000-$75,000 The annual wage range of experienced environmental scientists in Canada.

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2c. Mining Certificates and Courses in Mining Name of Program: Mining Industry Work Experience Certificate Description: Certificate is achieved upon completion of first year of BCIT’s Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology Diploma.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/6610diplt#details

Diploma Programs in Mining Name of Program: Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology Diploma

Description: The curriculum is a current, practical, intensive and broad-

based, two-year curriculum. In the first year, students receive training in basic science, math and communications as well as geology, mining methods, blasting, surveying and computer applications. In the second year, the emphasis is on mining and the engineering and science skills required for the mining industry. Second year includes a week of mine tours, a week's exploration field school and completion of a mining project report. The mining project integrates many of the courses taken during the second year into the development of an industry-standard report detailing a proposed new mine development plan.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/6610diplt#details

$58,000-$74,000

The average annual wage range of Mine Technologists in Canada.

Mine Drilling Coordinators make between $75,000 and $116,000/year.

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Field of Work: Engineering Engineering is an applied science. It is the application of scientific, mathematical, economic, social and practical knowledge used to solve real world problems. Engineering is used to design, build, and maintain structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes. The discipline of engineering is extremely broad, and encompasses a range of more specialized fields of practice, each with a specific emphasis on particular areas of technology and types of application. The in-demand fields of practice in Northwestern BC are:

Civil engineering

The design and construction of public and private works, such as infrastructure (airports, roads, railways, water supply and treatment etc.), bridges, dams, and buildings.

Electrical and Electronic engineering

The design and study of various electrical and electronic systems, such as electrical circuits, generators, motors, electromagnetic/ electromechanical devices, electronic devices, electronic circuits, optical fibers, optoelectronic devices, computer systems, telecommunications, instrumentation, controls, and electronics.

Geological engineering The application of the geological sciences to engineering practice for the purpose of assuring that the geologic factors affecting the location, design, construction, operation and maintenance of engineering works are recognized and adequately provided for. Mechanical engineering

The design of physical or mechanical systems, such as power and energy systems, aerospace/aircraft products, weapon systems, transportation products, engines, compressors, powertrains, kinematic chains, vacuum technology and vibration isolation equipment

Mining engineering

An engineering discipline that involves the practice, the theory, the science, the technology, and application of extracting and processing minerals from a naturally occurring environment.

Additional fields of practice include: • Aerospace engineering • Acoustical engineering • Architectural engineering • Audio engineering • Biomedical engineering • Biosystems engineering • Chemical engineering

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Computer engineering Corrosion engineering Naval engineering Nuclear engineering Petroleum engineering Systems engineering Software engineering

The Northwestern BC Careers Sourcebook is focusing on the fields of Civil, Electric and Electronic, Geological, Mechanical, and Mining Engineering.

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An engineer applies knowledge to implement ideas in a cost effective and practical way. They clearly define a problem and its relevant constraints (such as time, cost, etc.) and provide a simple solution. Senior engineers usually perform less technical work (calculations and designs) and spend more time on managing a project or team of engineers. In British Columbia, engineers are licensed and regulated by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. by the authority of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act. The Association sets and maintains high academic, experience and professional practice standards for all members. Professional members licensed by APEGBC are the only persons permitted by law to undertake and assume responsibility for engineering and geoscience projects in the province of BC. There are many different ways to find employment in the field of engineering. Oneyear certificates and short-term courses can provide an introduction to engineering. There are both 2-year technical diploma programs and 4-year degree programs that can lead to careers in engineering technology and engineering. Students who are interested in taking diploma and certificate programs, should check to ensure that the courses they are taking are transferable and recognized by other training institutions. Many degree-granting universities have agreements with colleges to accept students from diploma programs. For example, these postsecondary institutions offer the UBC Engineering Transfer programs: •

Capilano University

College of New Caledonia

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Langara College

Selkirk College (2 year program)

Thompson Rivers University

University of the Fraser Valley

Vancouver Island University

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The training programs for the Engineering section have been divided into three areas of interest: 3a. Diploma Programs

3b. Degree Transfer Programs 3c. Degree Programs

Each area of interest will list programs in order by certificate, diploma, associate science degree and degree. Programs are listed by their field of practice, in the following order: •

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Mechanical

Mining

Environmental

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$64,000 The starting annual salary for a Civil Engineer in BC.

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3a. Diploma Programs in Engineering Name of Program: Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology Description: As part of an engineering team, you may become involved in

all phases of a variety of projects, including the design and construction of structures, highways, airports, dams, subways, subdivisions and water and sewage treatment plants. In this two-year program you’ll be introduced to CAD and drafting techniques, surveying on state-of-the-art equipment, computer-based design systems and all aspects of project management. You’ll acquire the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career within the wide-ranging field of civil engineering.

Training Provider: Camosun College Link: http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/civil/index.html Name of Program: Civil Engineering Technology Diploma Description: The civil engineering technologist is involved in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, highways, streets, parks, subdivisions, dams, drainage and irrigation systems, water supply and sewer systems, and plants. Aspects of civil engineering and urbanization in Canada are studied throughout this program. Civil Engineering Technology incorporates field trips to reinforce theoretical background, and to develop appropriate methods of approach and solution.

Training Provider: Okanagan College (OC) Link: http://webapps-1.okanagan.bc.ca/ok/calendar/ calendar.aspx?page=civilengineeringtechnology

fact Civil engineers and technologists team together to plan, design, construct and maintain road and rail transportation systems, port and airport facilities, bridges, tunnels, dams, and buildings of all types; water, gas and oil pipelines; energy-generating facilities, water, air and waste treatment plants, to name but a few of their activities in an ever expanding field of endeavour.

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Name of Program: Electronic Engineering Technology Description: The Electronic Engineering Technology Program is a two-year

diploma program that opens the door for an exciting career as an electronics technologist. Through this program students develop a solid background in areas such as analog and digital electronics, communications and control systems, microprocessors, computer programming and robotics. The program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) and graduates are eligible to become certified with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Opportunities also exist for students to continue their studies upon graduation. The Electronic Engineering Technology program at Okanagan College has partnerships with Electrical Engineering degree programs at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, UVIC in Victoria, and Lakehead University in Ontario.

Training Provider: Okanagan College (OC) Link: http://webapps-1.okanagan.bc.ca/ok/calendar/ Calendar.aspx?page=ElectronicEngineeringTechnology Name of Program: Mechanical Engineering Technology Description: The Mechanical Engineering Technology program gives

students an opportunity to enter the exciting and demanding field of mechanical engineering. The program is structured to provide a solid foundation in: • Computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) • Design (mechanical, electro-mechanical, fluid flow, thermal, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and heating, ventilating and air conditioning [HVAC]) • Manufacturing (metal and plastics processing, automation, robotics, and computer-aided manufacturing [CAM] for computer numeric control [CNC] machining) • Management (quality, production operations, and project management) Co-op opportunities are available.

Training Provider: Okanagan College (OC) Link: www.okanagan.bc.ca/Programs/Areas_of_Study/ engineeringtechnologies/Mechanical_Engineering.html

$20-$43/hr.

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3b. Degree Transfer Programs in Engineering Certificate Transfer Programs in Engineering Name of Program: Certificate in Civil Engineering Technology Access Description: This six-month long program allows you to pursue the courses in Mathematics, Physics and English that you’ll need for the Civil Engineering Technology program. You’ll earn credits for the Civil Engineering Technology program through additional courses in surveying, technical drawing, graphics and computing and you’ll be able to decide whether to pursue a career in civil engineering. Upon completion, you'll have acquired: • a seat reserved for the next Civil Engineering Technology program intake • a certificate in Civil Engineering Technology Access

Training Provider: Camosun College Link: http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/civilacc/ Name of Program: Certificate in Engineering Transfer Description: With the Engineering Transfer program, you get an

introduction to engineering mechanics and project design in addition to a solid foundation in first year science and English. When you’re finished, you’ll be ready to enter either the second year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSEng) at the University of Victoria (UVIC). Or, you can apply for course-to-course transfer to engineering programs at other post-secondary institutions.

Training Provider: Camosun College

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The three universities in British Columbia offering Engineering programs, namely … • The University of British Columbia (UBC); • Simon Fraser University (SFU); and, • The University of Victoria (UVIC), …reserve space in their second year for students who have completed the equivalent of first-year engineering at another institution.

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Name of Program: Engineering (Applied Science) Certificate Description: This one-year program is a transfer program with UBC and

UVIC engineering degree programs. Meeting the required GPS ratings will ensure a seamless transfer to these designated engineering programs. Some of the courses may be transferable to other institutions as well.

Training Provider: College of New Caledonia (CNC) Link: www.cnc.bc.ca/CNC_Programs/science.htm Name of Program: Engineering Certificate Description: The COTR Engineering Certificate is designed to satisfy the

Year 1 requirements of undergraduate engineering programs at UVIC and UBC; it may also help students transfer into the engineering programs at other institutions. This Engineering Certificate prepares students to apply for competitive admission to Year 2 programs; it does not guarantee a seat in those programs. Students should always check with the receiving institution for details on course requirements and course transfer. CHECK

Training Provider: College of the Rockies (COTR) Link: www.cotr.bc.ca/university/ cotr_web.asp?IDNumber=176 Name of Program: Engineering Transfer Description: This program consists of a package of courses that is

equivalent to the first year of the University of British Columbia Applied Science Program and Simon Fraser University Engineering Science Program. For students who wish to pursue their careers in the following disciplines: Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer and Software Engineering, Electrical and Electronic, Environmental, Geological Engineering, Mechanical, Metals and Materials Engineering.

Training Provider: Douglas College Link: www.douglas.bc.ca/calendar/programs/petp.html

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Name of Program: Engineering Certificate Description: The Certificate program in Engineering is a one-year pre-

engineering program designed to prepare students for admission to the engineering programs at UBC and SFU. Kwantlen offers the full first year of the Engineering core program for students wishing to transfer to UBC or UVIC in the following areas of engineering: • Chemical and Biological Engineering (UBC) • Civil Engineering (UBC) • Computer Engineering (UBC, UVIC) • Computer Science (UVIC) • Electrical Engineering (UBC, UVIC) • Engineering Physics (UBC) • Geological Engineering (UBC) • Integrated Engineering (UBC) • Mechanical Engineering (UBC, UVIC) • Materials Engineering (UBC) • Mining Engineering (UBC) • Software Engineering (UVIC)

Training Provider: Kwantlen University Link: www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/2012-13/ science-hort/engineering-cert.html Name of Program: Arts and Science (Engineering) Certificate Program

Description: The Arts and Science (Engineering) Certificate Program

provides courses needed for equivalence to the first year of the University of British Columbia Applied Science Program. Most of the courses are courses that would be taken by many students planning further studies in the physical sciences at any college or university, but two of the courses PHYS 1219 and CPSC 1090 are particular to UBC’s Applied Science program. The Program is sufficient on its own for a Langara College certificate and can serve as the first year towards a diploma in Arts and Science or an Associate of Science degree.

Training Provider: Langara College Link: www.langara.bc.ca/programs-and-courses/programs/ engineering

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Name of Program: UVIC Engineering Pathway Description: Complete the first year of your Engineering degree at NIC and seamlessly transfer into the second year at UVIC. Individual courses are also transferable to engineering programs at UBC, SFU and other institutions. Take all required courses at Comox Valley campus. Several courses are also available at Port Alberni, Campbell River, and Port Hardy campuses.

Training Provider: North Island College (NIC) Link: www.nic.bc.ca/program/ university_studies_first_year_engineering Name of Program: University Arts and Sciences – Certificate in Engineering

Description: The Engineering Certificate is the equivalent of one year of

planned coursework. By taking a planned combination of courses, students may transfer to engineering programs offered at universities and university colleges. Examples of degree possibilities include but are not limited to architectural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer and mechanical engineering.

Training Provider: Northern Lights College Link: www.nlc.bc.ca/programs/allprograms/ uascertificateinengineering.aspx Name of Program: First Year Engineering Transfer Program (Degree) Description: A complete first year of engineering studies. Students will

normally enter the program directly from high school. Entry after completing a year of university science is also possible. After successfully completing the first year, TRU students normally transfer to UBC or UVIC to complete their degrees. Transfer to other universities may also be possible. Leads to the completion of degrees in biological, biomedical, civil, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, geological, geo-technical, integrated, materials, mechanical, mining, software, engineering physics, and other engineering specialties at receiving institutions such as UBC and UVIC.

Training Provider: Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Link: www.tru.ca/science/programs/ engineering/engineeringone.html

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Name of Program: Engineering Transfer Program Description: The TWU Engineering Transfer Program has all the necessary first-year science and math courses, and even some of the second-year courses towards an engineering degree at UBC, UVIC and SFU.

Training Provider: Trinity Western University Link: www.twu.ca/academics/science/engineering/ Name of Program: Engineering Transfer Program Description: This program is the equivalent of the first year of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) degree program for students wishing to transfer to the University of British Columbia or the University of Victoria. Upon completion students will be allowed to enter the second-year Engineering programs at UBC and UVIC without any additional qualifying courses, providing they meet the entrance requirements for the program at these institutions. Once admitted, all students, regardless of their first-year institution, then compete for seats in different specialties based on their GPA; popular specialties have higher GPA requirements than the entrance GPA. UBC also allows admission from General Sciences, but may require a higher entrance GPA.

Training Provider: University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Link: www.ufv.ca/calendar/2013_14/ ProgramsC-E/ENGR.htm

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Diploma Transfer Programs in Engineering Name of Program: Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering Bridge Description: The Civil Engineering Bridge program, offered by Camosun

with the full support and co-operation of the University of British Columbia (UBC), provides access to the third year of Civil Engineering for Civil Engineering Technologists graduates.

Training Provider: Camosun College Link: http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/ engineer-bridge/civil-engineering.html Name of Program: Advanced Diploma in Mining Engineering Bridge Description: The Mining Engineering Bridge program, offered by Camosun with the full support and co-operation of the University of British Columbia (UBC), provides access to the third year of Mining Engineering for graduate Mining Engineering Technologists. You’ll study advanced topics that aren’t typically found in technology programs, and you’ll be able to continue your studies toward a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

Training Provider: Camosun College Link: http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/engineerbridge/mining-engineering.html Name of Program: Engineering Transition Diploma Description: The primary objective of the Engineering Transition Program

at Capilano University is to give mature students an opportunity to obtain an applied science degree, and subsequently, to become professional engineers. However, the program will also cater to recent high school graduates who have aspirations of becoming engineers but lack the prerequisites for entry into a traditional engineering transfer program.

Training Provider: Capilano University Link: www.capilanou.ca/engineering/ Engineering-Transition-Diploma/

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3c. Degree Programs in Engineering Name of Program: Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering Description: The primary aim of BCIT's Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in

Civil Engineering degree is to academically prepare the engineering student for professional practice. The curriculum focuses on developing strong skills in engineering science and design, communications, and management.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/8660beng Name of Program: Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Description: The School of Engineering offers three undergraduate engineering programs: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

The first-year curriculum -- Engineering One -- is common to all three programs and lays engineering skill foundations. The curriculum emphasizes project-based learning, offering firstyear students an opportunity to implement engineering design projects. After Engineering One, students can continue at the UBC's Okanagan campus in the second year of the UBC School of Engineering program, Engineering Two, or transfer to the Vancouver campus.

Training Provider: University of British Columbia (UBC) Link: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ engineering/prospective/undergrad.html Name of Program: Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Description: This BEng program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. Accreditation ensures that graduates of the program satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the provincial Association of Professional Engineers. Co-op opportunities are available.

Training Provider: University of Victoria (UVIC) Link: http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2013/ FACS/FoEn/ElEn/index.html

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Name of Program: Bachelor of Science - Geological Engineering Description: An interdisciplinary field, which combines principles of

geology, geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology, together with other fields (e.g. mining, geography, geophysics) to provide a versatile set of skills needed to solve a wide range of practical problems related to societal interactions with the earth environment. UBC's Geological Engineering program is a fully accredited engineering program that is highly regarded and internationally renowned for both its undergraduate teaching and graduate research.

Training Provider: University of British Columbia (UBC) Link: www.geoeng.ubc.ca Name of Program: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Description: This program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering

Accreditation Board (CEAB) of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. Accreditation ensures that graduates of the program satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the provincial Association of Professional Engineers. Co-op opportunities are available.

Training Provider: University of Victoria (UVIC) Link: http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2013/ FACS/FoEn/MeEn/index.html Name of Program: Bachelor of Science – Mining Engineering Description: Mining Engineering includes everything to do with the

extraction of valuable mineral resources from the Earth. It is a multi-disciplinary career that incorporates mechanical, environmental, chemical, civil and geological engineering principles within a sustainable economic and social framework.

Training Provider: University of British Columbia (UBC) Link: http://mining.ubc.ca/files/2012/08/ NBK-Brochure.pdf

$40,000-$130,000 The annual salary range for a Mechanical Engineer in BC

depending on experience and sector. Those with Master’s Degrees will earn at the upper end of that range.

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Name of Program: Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Applied Science

Description: The Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Applied Science

program is a 4.5 year (nine semester) joint degree between the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. The program is based on a unique collaboration between UNBC and UBC that capitalizes on the strength of UNBC in Environmental Science and the strength of UBC in Engineering. It incorporates complementary elements and expertise from each institution while maintaining the exposure of students to the distinctive character of both institutions. The Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of Engineers Canada.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/calendar/undergraduate/ environmental-engineering Name of Program: Bachelor of Science - Environmental Engineering Description: Environmental engineering is the application of science and

engineering principles to improve air, land, water and living systems for a healthy environment. Environmental engineers help control and decrease adverse environmental impacts by applying beneficial engineering practices. They also investigate the possibilities for remediation of polluted sites.

Training Provider: University of British Columbia (UBC) Link: www.enve.ubc.ca/about-enve/ Name of Program: Bachelors of Environmental Engineering Technology

Description: A post-diploma/degree program that focuses on the

additional skills and knowledge that engineering and science graduates require to successfully work on environmental assignments such as contaminated sites, water treatment facilities, sustainability management, contaminant hydrogeology, integrated solid waste management, environmental impact assessment, air quality, climate change, resource management, and green energy technology projects.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/8060btech

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Moving Up: Career Advancement Congratulations! If you are looking at this Decision Tree, you have a job and work experience and are looking towards your long-term future. This Decision Tree will help you through the process of determining what you can do to continue to develop your career. The following section provides information on some career advancement options to consider along with some examples of potential workshops, training programs, certificates and post-graduate degrees. Discuss your career aspirations with your employer. Take advantage of worksponsored professional development. Maybe it is time to buy into the business … or start your own business. Professional development is key to your current and ongoing success.

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ou have a job and you may have an established career, but the learning does not end now. Where do you go from here? Think about the future and plan how you are going to advance in your chosen field of work. Are there skills or knowledge that you would like to improve? Is there another area that interests you? Would you like to pursue supervisory and management opportunities? Is there another way to use your expertise? Are you interested in starting your own business?

Career Advancement Decisions If you are interested in advancing your career, examine your current employment situation. Remember that moving up in your career means that you are:

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an excellent employee

producing quality work

taking on new responsibilities

mentoring apprentices/employees

Check out the Career Maps in Section I. Planning Your Way to identify what you want to achieve. Check out this career-planning tool:

www.crwg-gdrc.ca/crwg/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Tool-4-My-Career-GPS.pdf Many organizations have professional development opportunities available at low or no cost to employees, and some offer time off to attend training. Check with your employer or human resources personnel to determine if these kinds of opportunities are available to you to help you grow in your career. CHECK The following information offers some suggestions on how you can continue to develop your career.

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Acquire a Mentor Do you learn from the experienced people in your workplace? Is there someone that you look to for guidance and advice? Is there someone that supports you and challenges you? Is there someone in your workplace that you respect and trust? Then maybe that someone is a mentor. A mentor is a guide who can help you find the right direction and help you develop solutions to career issues. Mentors rely upon their past experience to gain an empathy and understanding of your issues. A mentor helps you think about career options and progress. They will ask questions and challenge you, while providing guidance and encouragement. They will help you explore new ideas with confidence, to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life. Acquiring a mentor can be a formal arrangement that is part of an organizational structure. Some organizations use mentors as part of their succession planning, to develop junior employees for more senior roles in the organization, or to orient new employees in the organization’s corporate culture. However having a mentor can also be an informal process built on open communication and trust. Benefit from the experience of senior employees by asking questions and obtaining different points of view. Having a mentor is about becoming more self-aware, and taking responsibility for your life, rather than leaving it to chance.

Obtain Red Seal Qualification for Apprenticeship Trades The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program (also known as the Red Seal Program) is an endorsement available to tradespersons on their provincial/territorial certificates. The successful completion of an interprovincial Red Seal examination acknowledges competence and ensures recognition of certification throughout Canada without further examination. A Red Seal endorsement allows greater mobility within the country. The endorsement is available on some, but not all, apprenticeship occupations. For the in-demand occupations, a Red Seal endorsement is available for millwrights, electricians, heavy equipment operators, heavy-duty equipment technicians and welders.

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Obtain Professional Credentials A great way to develop your career is by obtaining professional recognition in your field of work. Obtaining a professional credential or becoming a member of a professional association is a great way to keep up-to-date on new research and practices, network with other professionals, and obtain and give professional support. Some professional credentials are mandatory in the province of BC, for example, engineers, geoscientists and biologists. Here is a sample of associations to consider: The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC: www.apeg.bc.ca/reg/ The Association of BC Forest Professionals: www.abcfp.ca/regulating_the_profession/practicing_in_bc.asp The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC: www.asttbc.org/registration/technologists/professionaltechnologist.php The Association of Professional Biology: www.cab-bc.org/registered-professional-biologist

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Acquire Complementary Skills Consider taking programs that can add to your skill set and expand your role in the workplace. Many training institutions have short certificate programs, flexible scheduling options, part-time and distance delivery options. This will allow you to keep working while you study. There are many options for developing complementary skills and knowledge. You will find a few examples, following, but check with your professional associations and training providers for a full listing of potential courses.

CHECK Occupational Health and Safety Acquiring this additional skill set can lead to a new role in the worksite and can be a stepping stone into supervisory and management positions. All worksites, regardless of location and sector, have occupational health and safety requirements that must be adhered to.

Name of Program: Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Description: Occupational Health and Safety is a field that focuses on the health and safety needs of employees and the impact of the workplace on the environment. Students will receive instruction on how to anticipate assess and communicate risks, as well as develop programs designed to improve health in the work environment.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Location: Terrace Entry Requirements: N/A Graduate Requirements: Successful completion of 9 course modules Program Length: 64 hours Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies

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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Geographical Information Systems skills add to your ability to manage, analyze and report on information relative to any geography-based field of study. This additional skill set increases your capacity complete your work efficiently and effectively. This specialized skill set is valuable for your work and your employer.

Name of Program: Advanced Diploma Program in Geographic Information Systems

Description: The curriculum combines theory and practice and covers GIS principles, training in GIS software, technical issues, remote sensing, digital mapping and management issues. Students must also successfully complete a supervised work experience before graduation. This may be either an industry project or an industry practicum. Curriculum is organized as follows: • GIS Technology Courses • Management Courses • Projects Courses

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/programs/9100fadvdip Name of Program: Geographical Information Systems Certificate Description: This 500-hour certificate program provides students with

little to no previous knowledge in Geographical Information Systems software the skills and knowledge needed for an advanced level of competence using industry-standard software.

Training Provider: Okanagan College (OUC) Link: www.okanagan.bc.ca/Programs/Areas_of_Study/ cs/all-certificates/Computers_and_Technology/ GIS_Certificate.html

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Name of Program: Geographic Information Systems – Advanced Diploma

Description: One-year program designed to complement a recognized

college diploma/associate degree or applied/academic degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in a related discipline. Such related disciplines include environmental studies, geology, surveying, geography, forestry, business, law enforcement, municipal planning, wildlife biology, emergency services, health care, surveying and recreation.

Training Provider: Selkirk College Link: http://selkirk.ca/program/adgis Name of Program: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Description: GIS modules are designed to meet the requirements of

natural resource industries, the public sector and First Nations organizations. The modules provide a broad understanding of GIS and how it can help their organizations. Modules can also be a refresher for those with GIS experience. A program with an Oil and Gas focus is also available.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Location: Terrace Program Length: Nine months full-time or nine consecutive week program Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies/ geographical-information-systems Name of Program: MapInfo – Discover for Mineral Exploration Description: An introduction to intermediate level MapInfo and Discover functions for new users in the geoscience field. Uses publically available real mineral exploration data.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies

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Name of Program: Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications Description: The Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications provides skills

training in geographic information systems (GIS) to university and college graduates who wish to strengthen their employment opportunities in GIS applications. Courses include: • Foundations of Geographic Information Systems • Geodatabases • General Spatial Analysis • Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis • Visual Programming for GIS • Management Issues In GIS • Internet GIS • GIS Applications Project: Practicum • Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Survey Analysis • Programming Foundations Several of these courses can be taken online.

Training Provider: Vancouver Island University (VIU) Link: www.viu.ca/adgisa/

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Trade Endorsements Endorsements widen the scope of your skills set. It means that you can do more for your employer and gives you more employment options.

Name of Program: Heavy Equipment Operator Endorsements Description: Additional endorsements can be earned after certification

has been awarded, and added to the original Certificate of Qualification.

Training Provider: Nechako Northwest Construction Entry Requirements: Certificate of Qualification Graduate Requirements Logbook signed-off by employer/sponsor showing

achievement of 100% of competencies for the endorsement and completion of work-based training hours.

Program Length: Competencies

Work-based Training

• Articulated Haul/Rock Truck

200 hours

• Backhoe

200 hours

• Dozer

200 hours

• Excavator

400 hours

• Loader

300 hours

• Grader

600 hours

• Feller/Buncher

400 hours

• Wheel Skidder

200 hours

• Track Skidder

200 hours

• Dangle Head

400 hours

• Grapple Yarder

600 hours

• Log Loader

300 hours

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Complementary Programs Taking additional courses or obtaining an advanced credential in your field of work builds your expertise. Acquiring more knowledge and skills, keeping current with new theories and practices makes you a valuable resource for your employer and coworkers and improves the quality of your work.

Name of Program: Renewable Energy Advance Certificate Description: The Renewable Energy program puts you at the forefront of

this rapidly developing trend and ensures you meet employer’s expectations to accelerate your career potential. You’ll learn about the profound transformation in energy supply and consumption, reduced carbon footprints, the grassroots shift towards energy sustainability and how these trends affect our global society, economy and industries. Eligible applicants include graduates of: • Environmental technology or related diplomas • Associates of science or second year or higher university environmental science or environmental studies • Mature students with an interest in renewable energy • Applicants at the discretion of the School Chair

Training Provider: Selkirk College Program Length: Six weeks Link: http://selkirk.ca/program/renewable-energy Name of Program: Graduate Diploma in Quantitative Methods in Fisheries Management

Description: This diploma program provides an opportunity for fisheries

management professionals to study the latest quantitative methods in fisheries management. The program is aimed at those with a background in fisheries science and management, as well as those who would simply like to learn more about this field. It provides a strong foundation in the quantitative tools that are necessary for doing fish stock assessment and providing scientific advice in support of fisheries management decisions.

Training Provider: Simon Fraser University (SFU) Link: www.rem.sfu.ca/programs/graduate-diploma/

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Name of Program: Post-Degree Diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Description: Those with a B.Sc. in Biological Science from VIU or

elsewhere may qualify to complete the Technology Diploma program in one year. A limited number of students will be permitted to enroll in this option. The program will be tailored to reflect the student’s advanced background and experience.

Training Provider: Vancouver Island University (VIU) Link: www.viu.ca/calendar/Technology/ fisheries.asp#post-degree Name of Program: Forest Road Construction Description: Three-day program consisting of seven modules that cover the life cycle of roads from engineering to deactivation. Course includes plans, profiles, construction survey information and how to use engineering data

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Location: Available by video conference anywhere in Northwestern BC6 Entry Requirements: n/a Graduate Requirements: • Successful completion of courses A certificate of completion is issued.

Program Length: Three days Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies Name of Program: RoadEng Civil and Forestry Engineering Road Design

Description: A three-day course focusing on key elements of RoadEng

road design software. Enhances other civil design software. Course includes data collection, terrain modelling, contouring, volume, profile section and road design functions.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Location: Terrace Program Length: 3 days Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies

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Name of Program: Silviculture Surveys for Contract Administrator Description: Review of Stocking and Free Growing Survey Procedures

Manual to identify impact on operational procedures and contract documentation.

Training Provider: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Location: Available by video conference anywhere in Northwestern BC6 Entry Requirements: n/a Graduate Requirements: • Successful completion of courses Certificate of completion is issued.

Program Length: One day Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies Name of Program: What’s New in Silviculture Surveys Description: Updating of surveyors with the most current information that impacts silviculture survey procedures. Includes distribution of current Stocking and Free Growing Procedures Manual

Training Provider: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Location: Available by video conference anywhere in Northwestern BC6 Entry Requirements: n/a Graduate Requirements: • Successful completion of courses Certificate of completion is issued.

Program Length: One day Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies Name of Program: RoadEng Forest Road Design Description: Program focuses on key elements of forest road design

including route surveys, design parameters, horizontal and vertical alignment, earthwork volumes, mass haul diagram, construction survey and design presentation. Course uses practical hands-on approach using RoadEng.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies

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Take Supervisory and Management Courses These courses help you acquire the skills you need to manage people and resources from a different perspective than a front-line employee. Taking these types of courses can indicate to your employer that you are ready to take on more supervisory responsibility.

Name of Program: Certificate in Supervisory Excellence Description: Program provides skills to both new and aspiring supervisors

for improved business relationships and organizational success. Participants learn to help think strategically, assess the implications of decisions and better communicate with employees, co-workers and leaders.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Location: Terrace, Prince Rupert Program Length: 140 hours (20 days) Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies Name of Program: Certificate in Management Excellence Description: Program helps managers to develop their leadership skills, help coach and mentor their employees.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Entry Requirements: Applicant must currently be in management position Location: Terrace, Prince Rupert Program Length: 133 hours (19 days) Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies

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Name of Program: Masters Certificate in Project Management Description: This is a conveniently scheduled nine-module program.

Modules cover fundamentals of project management such as proposal writing, leadership and team building, project planning, control and communications, change management, risk management and ethics.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Entry Requirements: Project management experience recommended Graduate Requirements Successful completion of all modules Location: Terrace, Prince Rupert Program Length: 2-3 days per week, approximately every 3 weeks for 6 months

Link: www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies

Use Your Skills in a New Way A New Industry You have been hired as a supervisor/manager for a different industry sector. You have the supervisory and management skills, but need to learn about the new industry you have moved into. Find courses in your new industry that will provide you with background information and an overview of the sector and/or join an industry organization. Work with HR personnel to get a sound understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the employees that you are supervising/managing.

New Applications Advancing your career does not always mean becoming the boss, or maybe you are the boss and looking for a change. There are opportunities to use your expertise in a different context. If you are interested in a new challenge, become an inspector or an instructor. Here is a sample of courses that can help you apply your years of experience in a different way:

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Name of Program: Welding Inspector Level 1 Description: Designed to prepare candidates for Level 1 Certification

according to CSA 178.2, this course is comprised of 11 modules. The 11 modular test exams will be held at NAIT. (After successful completion you will be eligible to apply to the CWB to challenge the Level 1 Inspector’s exam as per CSA standard 178.2, at an additional cost. Ideal candidates for this course include engineers, welders, supervisors and technicians working in the field of non-destructive testing, and anyone interested in the area of welding inspection.

Training Provider: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Link: www.nait.ca/course_wld950.htm Name of Program: Commercial Vehicle Inspector CTMX -0110 Description: Prepares technicians for the Authorized Inspector’s

Examination. This Authorization permits the inspection and decaling of various private and commercial vehicle classes in which the student was successfully graded on. Up-to-date information on recent changes to the inspection program will also be covered. Prerequisite(s): B.C. Trades Qualification in Automotive, Heavy Duty, Commercial Transport, Commercial Transport Trailer, or Motorcycle Mechanic.

Training Provider: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Link: www.bcit.ca/study/courses/ctmx0110 Name of Program: BC Provincial Instructor Diploma Description: Provides adult educators with the knowledge and skills

needed to design, develop, manage and evaluate the instruction of adults in post-secondary education, business, industry and non-traditional adult learning environments. The program places a priority on developing the practical abilities to fulfill the role and responsibilities of adult educators. It also emphasizes the development of personal attributes needed to assume the duties of a professional educator. The program stresses classroom leadership and facilitation, as well as motivational skills and human relations skills. It also provides instructors with an accredited development program leading to diplomas and degrees at Vancouver Community College and other institutions.

Training Provider: Vancouver Community College Link: http://instructordiploma.com/programs/ bc-instructor-diploma/

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Acquire Post-graduate Credentials Another way to advance your career is to build your credentials by taking post-degree training. Many institutions recognize previous credentials and some training programs are designed to allow further study. It is important to check the admission requirements of the training program(s) you are interested in. Some training programs have scheduling that allows students to continue working while taking their advanced degrees. Below are some examples of advanced education credentials.

Master's Programs Name of Program: Master of Science in Environmental Practice Description: Across the globe, environmental professions continue to

undergo significant growth and increase in relevance. This 30 credit, totally online Master of Science in Environmental Practice degree prepares students to advance their career and contribute positively to finding solutions for environmental problems. The master’s degree in Environmental Practice is available as a Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Practice and as a Master of Arts (MA) in Environmental Practice. This program is one of a suite of programs offered through the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education (CCEE) which is a result of a partnership between Royal Roads University and the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada).

Training Provider: Royal Roads University (RRU) Link: www.royalroads.ca/prospective-students/ master-science-environmental-practice

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Name of Program: Master of Science/Arts in Environment and Management

Description: The Master of Environment and Management (MEM) program

is a graduate degree of interdisciplinary study in either the Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc) designed to enhance strategic decision making in the environmental field. The program emphasizes teamwork and focuses on technical, policy, and system and sustainability issues to prepare students to become environmental professionals who are effective leaders and managers. This is a two-year program made up of 3 three-week on-campus residencies (mandatory) combined with online learning.

Training Provider: Royal Roads University (RRU) Link: www.royalroads.ca/prospective-students/ master-science-environment-and-management Name of Program: Master's in Resource and Environmental Management

Description: Two-year program designed for recent graduates from a

range of disciplines and for individuals with experience in private organizations or public agencies dealing with natural resources and the environment. Some students enter directly from undergraduate programs, but most have had some work experience between their undergraduate degree and REM.

Relevant disciplines of undergraduate training or experience include fields such as biology, engineering, chemistry, forestry and geology, as well as business administration, economics, geography, planning and a variety of social sciences. integrated sequence of courses in complementary fields, pursue further courses in their area of specialization in the School and throughout the University, and complete a research project on a topic involving more than one traditional discipline. Co-op and part time options are available.

Training Provider: Simon Fraser University (SFU) Link: www.rem.sfu.ca/programs/mrm/

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Name of Program: Master of Science in Environmental Science Description: Provides an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the environment.

Thesis-based degree with three areas of specialization: 1) Ecology and Evolution 2) Physical Sciences 3) Policy and Management

Training Provider: Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Link: www.tru.ca/science/programs/msces.html Name of Program: Master of Arts in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

Description: The degree is distinguished by its focus on human

perspectives on historical and contemporary resource and environmental issues. It encourages the study of the social, cultural, ethical, economic and political dynamics of resource and land use, and environmental change in northern ecosystems. Students choose from the following areas of study: • Environmental Studies • Geography • Outdoor Recreation, Conservation and Tourism

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/calendar/graduate/nres-ma

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Name of Program: Master of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

Description: The Master of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

(MNRES) is designed to integrate the complementary aspects of resource and environmental issues. It focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to melding traditional science with social science perspectives, and resource planning and management. This degree is designed to attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds and aspirations, who share an interest in looking beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/calendar/graduate/nres-mnres Name of Program: Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

Description: This degree is designed for candidates whose research

interests have a scientific emphasis, and is expected to attract students from science disciplines such as biology, forestry, environmental science, and physical geography, as well as other scientifically oriented areas of resource management.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/calendar/graduate/nres-msc

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Doctorate Programs Graduates of these, typically four-year programs become experts in their fields. Programs usually require a thesis. Check with training providers for part-time and online options for some of the course work. Additional credentials increases the validity and credibility of your work.

Name of Program: Ph.D. in Resource and Environmental Management

Description: The Ph.D. program in Resource and Environmental

Management provides an opportunity for pursuing high-level research and interdisciplinary education in natural resources and environmental management. This degree is intended to be a truly interdisciplinary research degree. Students have to demonstrate core knowledge of Environmental Science, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Policy in a comprehensive exam. Furthermore, their research must incorporate two of these areas.

Training Provider: Simon Fraser University (SFU) Link: www.rem.sfu.ca/programs/phd/ Name of Program: PhD of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

Description: The PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

[PhD (NRES)] offers students the opportunity to develop an advanced level of understanding and training in any one or a combination of scientific discipline(s) related to natural environments, the processes (e.g., biological, chemical, physical) that govern them, or the human dimensions (e.g., social, economic, political, cultural) that interact with them. The PhD (NRES) promotes an integration of the linkages between social, ethical, political, and cultural dimensions, and an understanding of basic ecological, biological, and physical attributes of natural resources. Emphasis is placed upon the student to acquire an interdisciplinary base upon which to found a “disciplinary” area of concentration. Graduates from this program who have an area of concentration and a familiarity with how other disciplines can contribute toward solving environmental problems should be capable of addressing a variety of natural resources and environmental issues from a number of perspectives.

Training Provider: University of Northern BC (UNBC) Link: www.unbc.ca/calendar/graduate/nres-phd

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Start Your Own Business If you feel that you cannot advance any further in your career in your current situation; if you still want a challenge; consider starting your own business. There are many reasons you may want to start your own business. For some, a lay-off or downturn in the industry may be the spark that starts a new journey. For others, the frustration of confining work situations or the needed challenge of something new to tackle will start them on the journey to self-employment. Business ownership or selfemployment is not for everyone, but if you have the drive to succeed, and to learn new skills such as marketing and financial management, starting your own business can be extremely rewarding. What are the benefits of running your own business? • You no longer have to rely on one employer whose business may have ups and downs, subjecting you to job insecurity and lay-offs. • You can decide when to work, where to work and for whom. • You experience a wide variety of work situations and challenges, instead of the same old routine. • You can learn new knowledge and skills and enhance existing ones. • For some types of work, telecommuting or working from home is an option. • Government tax write-offs are available for business owners and the selfemployed. • It can be very profitable; your income is limited only by your drive and the hours you put in.

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If this sounds like it’s for you, get started by researching business opportunities, learning about options for self-employment, and exploring funding possibilities in the pages that follow.

In British Columbia, a small business is defined as one with either fewer than 50 employees, or a business operated by a person who is self-employed without paid help.

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Research your business opportunities. Access business and market information, permit information and links to other resources from the organizations below: Check your local economic development organizations for information on local opportunities and business development information.

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Economic Development Commission for the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine www.rdks.bc.ca/content/economic-development-commission Prince Rupert and Port Edward Economic Development Corporation www.predc.com/ Terrace Economic Development Authority www.teda.ca/ The Kitimat-Terrace Industrial Development Society www.ktids.ca Small Business Canada has information on a variety of small business topics. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/canadianstats/a/cansmallbiz.htm Keep up to date on current small business concerns with the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB): www.cfib-fcei.ca/english/index.html The Government of BC also supports the development and growth of small business. Check their information and programs: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/theme.page?id=1629C69A7117AC65E91C018EA07D7E44 Also check-in with your Chamber of Commerce to determine what local incentives there are for small business start-ups. The Chambers in Northwest BC are: Kitimat Chamber of Commerce www.kitimatchamber.ca Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce http://princerupertchamber.ca/ Stewart-Hyder International Chamber of Commerce www.stewart-hyder.com The Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce www.terracechamber.com

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Learn about starting up a business – take a course. Community Futures organization in Northwestern BC offers the Small Business Seminars from start-up to selling your business, and other services. Check them out:

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Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest Service Area: Dodge Cove, Hartley Bay, Kitkatla, Metlakatla, Oona River, Port Edward, Port Simpson, Prince Rupert Suite 200, 515 Third Avenue West Prince Rupert V8J 1L9

(250) 622-2332 1 (877) 622-8288 (toll free) www.communityfuturesprincerupert.com Haida Gwaii Community Futures Service Area: Masset, Old Masset, Port Clements, Queen Charlotte Islands, Sandspit, Skidegate, Tlell P.O. Box 40 1730 Hodges Avenue Masset V0T 1M0

(250) 626-5594 1 (888) 328-5594 (toll free) www.haidagwaiifutures.ca You can check out Small Business BC. They offer a variety of seminars, at a reasonable cost with webinar options. www.smallbusinessbc.ca/seminars Your local banks may have information packages on how to start up your own business as part of their business services, for example: http://getgrowingforbusiness.scotiabank.com/

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Tricorp in Prince Rupert offers counselling support for new and existing aboriginal businesses and is offering a new support program for aboriginal entrepreneurs called The Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs™ NW-ACE.

(250) 624-3535 1 (800) 665-3201 (toll free)

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You might even be able to get your courses funded. Check out the Micro-Business Training Pilot Program, which offers eligible, small business owners funded training programs in general business skills such as bookkeeping, marketing, social media, CHECKmanagement and other areas with the goal of improving productivity, decreasing costs and generating new revenue: www.bcmicrobusiness.com/programs

37%

The percentage of self-employed women in BC, well above the national average

Explore funding options.

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Check out funding opportunities at your local banks and credit unions and online resources such as: The Centre for Small Business Financing is a private research and publishing organization that offers hard-to-find information and advice regarding business funding from all levels of government: www.grants-loans.org/bc-grants.php Tricorp also offers financial support for new and existing aboriginal businesses: www.tricorp.ca/index.php/loans The Government of BC also offers grants. Check to determine if you are eligible: www.bcbusiness.ca/your-business/government-grants-for-bc-small-business

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ife is full of change. People start out in one field of study or training program and can find out that it’s not for them. Personal situations can change when people have children or get married or divorced, and this can affect what kind of job will be appropriate to achieve a life/work balance. External employment conditions, such as a downturn in an industry, can require a person to retrain for another sector. This section provides some ideas for those of you who are looking at a transition in your life or career. There is always an option that will work to build on the knowledge and skills that you have acquired up until now. Finding the right fit for you is part of transitioning into a new career. In the information below, you will find examples of some questions to ask yourself as you journey through your transition.

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In a Training Program and Considering a Switch If you are in a training program that has turned out to not be a good fit for you personally, or it wasn’t what you thought it was going to be, you may want to consider the following questions:

Do I need to switch training institutions or faculties/area of studies? •

Check out the application procedures for the new institution/ new faculty or area of study.

Identify additional costs and/or requirements.

Do I have the prerequisites for the new program? •

Go online, check the admission requirements for the program.

Check out upgrading opportunities. See if some of the upgrading courses can be taken concurrently with program courses.

Check if upgrading can be taken online or during the summer.

Can I get any credit for the courses I have already taken? • •

Check the BC transfer guide to determine what is transferable. http://bctransferguide.ca/ CHECK Confirm credit transfers with new institution/faculty.

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In a Training Program and Can’t Continue in Full-time Studies When life situations no longer allow you to continue studying full-time, you need to consider options that will allow you to build on the learning you have achieved so far, and that will work for your new situation. Consider the questions below:

Do I have to quit my program? •

Check with your training provider to determine if there are online or part-time options that you can transfer into.

Check if you can defer your program.

Check what courses you can drop to reduce your course load.

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Do I forfeit my tuition? •

Check with your training provider. They may be able to defer your semester depending on the circumstances or how much of the semester has been completed.

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Need to Retrain, but Need an Income at the Same Time If you know you need to train or retrain in a new area, but require some income at the same time, consider the following questions as you think through your options:

Can I work and still go to school? •

Check with your training provider to determine if there are online or part-time options.

Check what the maximum course load is for full-time status for a semester and work a part-time job.

Can I get work that contributes to my education? • •

Check for co-op programs that pay. www.co-op.bc.ca/institutions-and-programs Get a sponsor for your apprenticeship.

What other funding options are there?

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Check with training institutions for eligibility for student grants or loans.

Check online websites … https://studentaidbc.ca/explore/grants-scholarships www.studentawards.com …and with your training institution for available scholarships and bursaries.

If you are First Nations, check for eligibility for funding from First Nations education support organizations.

If you are already working, see if your employer provides support for continuing education.

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Current Industry Sector is in a Downturn If the industry sector you work in is in a downturn and you are looking to find work in a different industry sector, consider the following questions:

What sector should I look at to find work? •

Check out the labour market information to see where and what type of work is in demand. CHECK www.workbc.ca/Navigator/ For the trades, check with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to see where and what type of work is in demand and their forecasts for demand. www.itabc.ca

Can I just switch sectors? •

Check what sectors use your skills and knowledge.

Check to determine what sectors are active in your area.

Check to determine where these sectors are active.

Do I have to start over if I switch to a different trade or field of work? •

Check out a potential worksite to see what skills you have are transferable.

Check what worksite safety certifications might be required and compare to what you already have.

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For the trades, check with the ITA to identify what credit you should get for previous training and work experience. www.itabc.ca

Check to see what training providers will recognize as credits (PLAR) towards a field of study (work experience and previous training).

Every situation is unique. Make use of the other resources, links and information in this guide to assist you with making decisions. Access training institutions’ counsellors, government agencies, employment and education organizations (check the directory in the next section); they have resources that can help you.

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BC Aboriginal Mine Training Institute (BCAMTA) General Switchboard: 1 (250) 314-9959

www.bcamta.ca OFFICES:

Kamloops – Main Office 274B Halston Connector Road Kamloops V2H 1J9

Northeastern BC #302, 172 - 2nd Ave. North Williams Lake V2G 1Z6

Southern BC 142-2700 College Way Cranbrook V1C 5L7

Northwest Region 4648 Lakelse Avenue Terrace V8G 1R2

(250) 314-9959

(250) 489-8281

Vancouver 900 - 818 West Hastings Street Vancouver V6C 2X4

(604) 681-4321

Fox Professional Driver Training

General Switchboard: 1 (250) 596-9266

www.foxpro.bc.ca

(250) 392-7606

(250) 635-6588 1 (855) 614-9959 (toll free) Northwest Region 4714 Tait Avenue, P.O. Box 220 New Aiyansh V0J 1A0

(250) 633-2972 1 (855) 614-9959 (toll free) MAIN OFFICE: 1904 Quinn Street Prince George V2N 1X5

(250) 596-9266 Email: foxpro@foxpro.bc.ca

Hecate Strait Employment Development Society (HSEDS) General Switchboard: 1 (800) 808-3988 www.hseds.ca HEAD OFFICE: 208 First Avenue East Prince Rupert V8J 4M8

(250) 624-9498 Email: training@hseds.ca Masset Box 71-1730 Hodges Street Masset V0T 1M0

(250) 626-3236 Email: workbc-mass@hseds.ca

Queen Charlotte Box 907-101 Causeway Queen Charlotte

(250) 559-0049 Email: workbc-qcc@hseds.ca

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Kitimat Valley Institute General Switchboard: 1 (855) 431-0012 www.kvic.ca 1352 Alexander Ave Kitimat V8C 1A2

(250) 639-9199

Kitimat Community Services General Switchboard: 1 (877) 632-9101 www.kitimatcommmunityservices.ca 102-370 City Centre Kitimat V8C 1T6

(250) 632-9107 Email: kcss@telus.net First Nations Training and Development Organization http://metlakatla.ca/development_corp/training_and_capacity_building

501 Dunsmuir St. Prince Rupert V8J 4C3

(250) 627-8822

P.O. Box 224 Prince Rupert V8J 3P6

(250) 628-3201

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Northwest Community College

General Switchboard: 1 (877) 277-2288

www.nwcc.bc.ca

CAMPUSES: Hazelton 4815 Swannell Drive Box 338 Hazelton V0J 1Y0

Prince Rupert 353-5th Street Prince Rupert V8J 3L6

Houston 3221-14th Street W. Houston V0J 1Z0

Queen Charlotte Village Box 67 Queen Charlotte Village V0T 1S0

Kaay Llnagaay P.O. Box 1523 #2 Second Beach Road Skidegate V0T 1S1

Smithers Box 3606 Smithers V0J 2N0

(250) 842-5291

(250) 845-7266

(250) 559-7885

Kitimat 606 Mountainview Sq. Kitimat V8C 2N2

(250) 632-4766

(250) 624-6054

(250) 559-8222

(250) 847-4461

Terrace 5331 McConnell Ave. Terrace V8G 4X2

(250) 635-6511

Masset Box 559, 1730 Hodges Ave. Masset V0T 1M0

(250) 626-3670

Philcan Professional Driving School MAIN OFFICE: 3921 Walker Street Terrace V8G 3L7

(250) 615-0485 Email: philcanpro@citywest.com

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R.K.’s Pro Driving School www.rkpro.net MAIN OFFICE: Serving Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and surrounding areas P.O. Box 43 Port Edward V0V 1G0

(250) 628-9228 Email: rk@citytel.net

Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) www.tricorp.ca 344-2nd Avenue West Prince Rupert V8J 1G6

(250) 624-3535 1 (800) 665-3201 (toll free) University of Northern BC www.unbc.ca Prince George 3333 University Way Prince George V2N 4Z9

(250) 960-5555 Email: unbc4u@unbc.ca Terrace 4837 Keith Avenue Terrace V8G 1K7 (250) 615-5578 (local)

Prince Rupert 353-5th Street Prince Rupert V8J 3L5 (250) 624-2862 (local)

1 (888) 554-6554 (toll free) Email: nw-info@unbc.ca

1 (800) 697-7388 (toll free) Email: nw-info@unbc.ca Wilp Wilxo’oshkwhi Nisga’a Institute (WWNI) General Switchboard: 1 (800) 980-8838

www.wwni.bc.ca

3001 Ts'oohl Ts'ap Avenue P.O. Box 70 Gitwinksihlkw V0J 3T0

(250) 633-2292

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he Northwestern BC Careers Sourcebook can help you make your future happen throughout all the stages of your career in Northwestern BC. Keep this Sourcebook for later reference. When life and work circumstances change, take a look through it to identify other options for you and your future. Use the decision trees to identify where you are currently and where you’d like to go. Check out the Moving Up and Transitions sections to help you shift and progress in your career over time. This Sourcebook is not just to help you now, it will help you in the future to create and maintain a rewarding career. The purpose of this Sourcebook has been to profile eight trade and four professional occupational areas that have been identified as in-demand in the Northwest. There are other trades and occupational areas that may be of interest to you that are not included in this document. Consider contacting your local economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, businesses and community agencies to find out what other occupations may be in demand in your area. Use resources noted in this guide, such as contact information for the ITA and training providers, to locate additional opportunities for training that may be of interest to you. As you begin or continue your career, check out the iChinook interactive website. iChinook is an initiative of the Northwest Labour Market Partnership (NWLMP) that brings together stakeholder groups such as industry, government, First Nations, CHECK education, and small business in an effort to promote the growth of skilled labour in Northwest B.C. Access the website for information on what’s going on regarding employment in the region and use the interactive features to check out job postings, make contacts, and find out about events in the Northwest.

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