Trades and Apprenticeship

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Okanagan College's Trades and Apprenticeship team is working hard to ensure current and future students have the opportunity to learn and train in their chosen field during COVID-19, while protecting the safety of our students, instructors and learning community. We recognize scheduling and learning has been significantly impacted as a result of Provincial Health Office guidelines on physical distancing, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this new landscape together.

Spring and summer intake exams

No, the ITA has advised that all Standardized Level Exams (SLEs) will be cancelled for classes ending on or prior to June 30, 2020. Your final technical training mark will be submitted to the ITA. The waiver will remain in effect until a return to examination plan is announced.

Yes, you will still be required to write the exam. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Okanagan College has cancelled all face-to-face ITA exams scheduled to write between now and June 30, 2020. The waiver will remain in effect until a return to examination plan is announced.

Please see the list of options below that are available regarding rescheduling your ITA exam. Updates regarding rescheduling will be posted on www.itabc.ca/covid-19.

  • Contact the ITA at customerservice@itabc.ca to schedule an exam write at your local Service BC Centre. Please be sure to reference the exam and event number (if one) in your email.
  • Contact our office at 1-800-621-3038 or apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca and we can add you to a potential exam date. Please note that we will only add you to a potential future ITA exam date that is scheduled after June 30, 2020.

Any apprentice enrolled in an apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship class impacted by Covid-19 , ending after March 17 or with a start date between March 17 to June 30, 2020 will not be required to write a CofQ exam that is required to progress to the next level. The CofQ exams being waived include AST L1, AST L2, AST L3, PC L1 and PC l2. Any final certification exams (CofQ and IP) that are required to complete an apprenticeship will still be required.

Any final level certification exams (CofQ and IPs) that are required to complete out an apprenticeship will still be required.

Yes, apprentices will still be required to write the Interprovincial exam (IP).  For more information, please visit www.itabc.ca/covid-19

Intake exams and requirements

Yes, you will be required to write an exam and exams will be held on campus at Okanagan College. The College will adhere to social distancing requirements as set out by the ITA and the Public Health Officer.

We can provide conditional offers of admission and will move the deadlines for testing ahead up until the week prior to the program starting. Okanagan College will accept Duolingo as an option for the English tests and is available at: www.englishtext.duolingo.com.

Apprenticeship intakes originally set to start April 1 and June 30, 2020

Once the postponed intakes are rescheduled or seats identified in other available intakes, we will contact you regarding your available options. At this time, we ask that you please wait to reschedule until you are contacted regarding your available options.

Please visit OC Online Resources for information on technical assistance, loaner laptops and support for Moodle and Collaborate.  You may also contact Kate Sidlar and Alex Hanna who are assisting in the Trades Student Success Centre over the summer.

Should you wish to withdraw from your postponed intake, we will refund any tuition paid without penalty.

Your tuition deposit deadline will be suspended. Once the new dates for your postponed intake are confirmed, you will contacted regarding a new tuition deposit deadline.

If you have already paid your tuition deposit for a June 2020 intake and have questions regarding your payment, please contact our office at 1-800-621-3038 or apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca

We will contact you directly regarding your new tuition deposit deadline.

Once you have been contacted regarding your available options, you will need to reapply to WorkBC and EI. We have advised Financial Aid and WorkBC of postponed intakes and they have advised:

“Students should complete the WorkBC apprentice application with the new dates provided. Also, have them complete the Service Canada EI application with the new dates. WorkBC will pay financial supports for the period of time that they are attending class, so a delay is start date will push the supports to the period.”

Please contact the Okanagan College Financial Aid and Awards office, financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca to receive assistance in your individual situation. For specific information regarding Canada Apprentice Loan please visit their website https://pca-cal.ca/en/Home

Foundation intakes originally set to start between April 1 and June 30, 2020

Once the postponed intakes are rescheduled or seats identified in other available intakes, we will contact you regarding your available options. At this time, we ask that you please wait to reschedule until you are contacted regarding your available options.

At this time, should you wish to withdraw from your postponed intake, we will refund any tuition paid without penalty. Please contact Registrar’s Office, registration@okanagan.bc.ca

Second deposits are due 3 months prior to the start of program and full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start.  These deadlines will move forward with any changes in start dates.

If your intake moves into the next term, we will have the Finance Department move all deposits and fees to that term.  If your intake is later than then next term, we will give you the option to get a refund cheque (less the deposit to hold your seat).

Your first deposit is needed to save your seat no matter how far ahead. But the second deposit and tuition due dates will move forward.

Please visit OC Online Resources for information on technical assistance, loaner laptops and support for Moodle and Collaborate.  You may also contact Kate Sidlar and Alex Hanna who are assisting in the Trades Student Success Centre over the summer.

Intakes for summer 2020

Classes will be a combination of online and in person practical training. You will receive more information regarding the schedule of your class prior to the start of class.

A detailed schedule will be sent to you prior to class start that will indicate the days you are required to be on campus for the practical training.

Please visit OC Online Resources for information on technical assistance, loaner laptops and support for Moodle and Collaborate.  You may also contact Kate Sidlar and Alex Hanna who are assisting in the Trades Student Success Centre over the summer.

Please note that the bookstores on campus are currently closed at this time. You are able to order the required textbooks online via https://okanagan.bookware3000.ca/home

Food service is limited to include Infusions lunch takeout from Tuesday to Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. Orders can be made online. Pre-orders are welcome, as you can request a specific day (current or future) and specific pick-up time to pick up your meal from the Infusions patio. Please note, the patio is closed for dining for your safety. There will be no access to microwaves or water fountains.

The on-campus student housing is not accepting applications at this time.

Toolroom attendants will confirm with each student if they are purchasing a toolbox from Okanagan College. For those students who are purchasing a toolbox, the appropriate charges will be applied to your account. Payment can then be made over the phone with a credit card by calling the Apprenticeship office at 1-800-621-3038 or through online banking. Online banking is completed through your bank’s personal website. Okanagan College will need to be added as a Payee and your student number is the account number used.

If you require any equipment or have any questions about software, please refer to the OC Online Resource Centre

There will be limited access to the campus at this time. All trades students (except Electrical apprenticeship) should enter via the compound gate on West Campus Road and information will be posted at the gate. Electrical apprenticeship students should enter via the main entrance to the Trades Building and information will be posted at the door. You will also receive information on where to meet as part of your scheduling letter and instructors will provide further details via Moodle. Please ensure your email preference is up to date in your MyOkanagan account.

Are classes being delivered at full capacity?

No, most classes are running with 12 students rather than 16, with some classes  organized into larger groups for online or smaller groups for hands-on work in the labs and shops. The Trades building and area will have approximately 30-40% of the number of students on a given day, compared to a typical summer.

Students may withdraw from apprenticeship classes without penalty up to 2 weeks before their program starts and request a refund or tuition transfer to an available seat in a later intake.

Each trade program has prepared a plan for their specific health and safety requirements. Students will be divided into smaller groups while on campus, where required, and physical distancing and other safety measures will be in place and communicated to students, including enhanced cleaning of tools, equipment and common spaces. Okanagan College will follow direction and controls specified by the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Officer and Interior Health.

No daily or monthly parking passes are required for the Summer (June 15 - August 15) session. Please ensure that you park in the designated Student Parking on the Kelowna campus (Lots 5, 6, 11 and 17).

International students

International students should contact the International Education Office to discuss potential visa and other implications. Email:inted@okanagan.bc.ca   Phone: 1-250-862-5443; Phone Toll Free: 1-877-755-2266

An interruption of study of up to four weeks will have no impact on student eligibility for financial assistance or disbursement of funding if students recommence intakes at the end of interruption. If Okanagan College extends the study period in response to an interruption, students are encouraged to contact the Okanagan College Financial Aid and Awards office, financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca. Financial Aid and Awards staff can assist students wanting to request a reassessment from Student Aid BC to receive additional funding with the process.

General questions

If your program has not yet started, once the campus is reopened for in-person service, you can bring your pass to the Registrar’s office and be issued a new pass for revised dates of your program OR return the pass for full refund. Once the new dates of your intake are confirmed, the parking pass can be returned or exchanged.

In order to ensure the health of our staff and students, the Trades and Apprenticeship office is closed for in-person service until June 15. We can still be contacted between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm by phone at 1-800-621-3038 or email apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca.

No, our campuses are currently closed to the public and students, and in-person counter service is not available. As of June 15, we are open for physically distanced service, where required, for students with classes in session. Students are encouraged to use phone and email service and online payment, wherever possible.

Please email the documentation to apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca or fax to 250-862-5457.

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