Trades and Apprenticeship

The tools for your future are here

Okanagan College offers the newest equipment and technologies in state-of-the-art training facilities located in Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Penticton. Students master skills taught by industry-leading instructors while gaining hands-on experience. Learn in small classes, in more than 20 different programs that have provincial, national and international recognition. Whether you are seeking Red Seal certification or one-time specialty industry training, education at OC sets you up for a successful career.
 

Trades Talk Tuesdays

Learn about Okanagan College trades programs and find out about admission requirements and employment outcomes during a series of virtual presentations.

Watch the presentations

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Foundation vs apprenticeship: what's the difference?

Foundation programs are entry-level training programs for people with little or no experience in the field. Apprenticeships are for people working in the trade for an employer who sponsors their education and training.

Explore the difference

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Explore our departments

Aerospace

Local, national, and global employment opportunities are soaring for certified Aircraft Maintenance professionals

Collision Repair

Focus on attention to detail and the importance of high-quality repairs while learning from Red Seal-certified instructors and the latest equipment.

Carpentry

Training in carpentry and joinery can help you develop skills to build a career you are proud of.

Culinary

Grow your culinary career in the heart of the Okanagan Valley with programs focusing on a farm-to-table approach, exploring fresh local products.

Electrical

Train to become an Electrician who inspects and tests highly sensitive electrical systems.

Motor Vehicle Trades

Drive the direction of your career with studies in Heavy Mechanical, Automotive Service and Recreation Vehicle Service programs.

Mechanical Building Trades

This department focuses on maintenance, testing and operation of all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the distribution of steam, water systems including fire prevention sprinklers, natural gas or propane systems and building plumbing systems. 

Welding

Spark your skills by learning a variety of welding processes and using specialized equipment to create a solid bond between metal plate and/or pipe.

Women in Trades Training

Gain confidence to pursue career goals in trades through exploratory programs, sponsorship and additional support in a training centre with a reputation for excellence. 

Explore Women in Trades Training

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Prepare for training

COVID-19 has impacted trades program intakes. Click on "Read Trades FAQ" for a list of commonly asked questions from trades students to help prepare yourself for training. 

Read Trades FAQs

Trades Continuing Studies

Expand your employment opportunities by advertising your skills with certificates.

Training at any age.

Starting in 2021, people of all ages will be able to participate in a few new programs designed specifically for kids, youth and adults.  These weekend programs are perfect for any hobbyist or hands-on learner and are offered  in our safe, state-of-the-art Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus.

Programs are offered in a variety of age groups: Trades Kids, Trades Explorers and Trades Adults.

Learn more
 

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