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.

Safety

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. Students, staff and visitors will complete Self-Reporting Acknowledgement Form where on-campus activities are required and masks are required in common areas or where physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

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,  WorkSafeBC, The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, and the Go-Forward Guidelines for Post-Secondary developed by the province.

No, most classes are running with 8-12 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.  Nearly all theory will be delivered in an online format, further reducing the number of students on campus on a given day.

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.

Students may withdraw from a foundation program with refund (minus deposit) up to 2 weeks after the program starts. Later withdrawals up to 16 weeks after start date are eligible for a pro-rated refund.

If seat was accepted before COVID-19 impact was known, we are making an exception and refunding or moving deposits.

Online and on-campus learning for fall 2020

Classes will be a combination of online and in person practical training, depending on the requirements of your program. 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.

At this time, the only food service will be Infusions Lunch Takeout from Tuesday to Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on campus. Orders can be made at https://www.qooway.com/olo/?OkanaganCollege. 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, there will be no dining on the patio at this time. There will be no access to microwaves or water fountains.

On-campus housing may be available, although it will only be available for full-time students during the academic year (Sept-April).   Shorter term stays may be available in the summer months. Visit https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/housing  for an aplication and apply .   If you are traveling to attend technical training at Okanagan College, we have local rental opportunities posted on the following link: https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/housing/off-campus-housing#trades.

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.

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).

If you require any equipment or have any questions about software, please refer to the OC Online Resource Center https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/covid/online-resources 

There will be limited access to the campus at this time. Most 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. You will also receive information on where to meet as part of your scheduling/ Welcome letter and instructors will provide further details via Moodle. Please ensure your email preference is up to date in your MyOkanagan Account.

The Trades Student Success Centre is available for online appointments at this time— please contact Elke Pritchard at epritchard@okanagan.bc.ca 

Admission 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 have resumed ABLE testing at the Kelowna campus on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students who are waiting to take an ABLE exam will be contacted directly by our office with a specific date and time available to write. Students will be required to complete a Self-Reporting Acknowledgement form prior to their testing date. Priority will be given to those students with open Fall or Winter 2020 applications and immediate deadlines. To have your name added to the list, please contact the Trades and Apprenticeship office at 1-800-621-3038 or trades@okanagan.bc.ca.

Fall intake exams

Intakes that begin on or after Jan 1, 2021 and end on of after Jun 1, 2021 will be required to write an SLE exam. Any intakes that begin prior to Jan 1, 2021 and end prior to Jun 1, 2021 will have their SLE exam waived as per the ITA and your final technical mark will be submitted to the ITA. For more information please visit https://itabc.ca/covid-19.

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

Any apprentice enrolled in an intake that writes a progressive CofQ exam will not be required to write a CofQ exam that is required to progress to the next level until further notice. 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

No. Before the ITA is able to update an apprentice’s file they must choose if they would like to obtain certification at their current level, or bypass certification and progress to the next level of training. Affected apprentices will be required to speak with their local Apprenticeship Advisor to discuss their options and notify ITA of their decision. If the apprentice wishes to bypass certification they may progress to the next level of training without completing their exam(s). If they wish to obtain certification at their current level.

If your class writes an ITA exam at the end of the intake, you need to ensure that you are currently registered as an apprentice with the ITA or you may be unable to write. You also need to ensure that, on the day of the exam, you have valid, current Government issued photo ID such as a Provincial Driver’s License, Provincial Identification Card, Passport, BC Services Card, Combination Driver’s License and BC Services Card, Canadian Permanent Residency Card, Canadian Certificate of Indian Status, or Nexus Card. If you do not have valid, current Government issued photo ID you will not be able to write the exam.

Okanagan College can only reschedule your ITA exam if you are currently in class and unable to write your class exam. If your intake has finished and you were unable to write or unsuccessful you will need to contact the ITA at 1-866-660-6011 to schedule your exam.

If you are unsuccessful in your course, you will be contacted by phone to see if you want to reschedule. You will also be removed from any future intakes and/or waitlists to which you were assigned. If you were set to attend your next level of technical training right after your unsuccessful class you are now inadmissible to the course.  Due to this situation occurring, back to back training will no longer approved.

Foundation intakes

In order to be admitted to a Foundation or Pre-Apprenticeship program, you must meet a Math and English requirement. Please see the below table for a list of Foundation programs and their admission requirements.

For information on submitting transcripts please click http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/BecomeaStudent/Admissions/How_to_Submit_a_Tra…

If you are unable to meet the admission requirements for your program or it has been more than seven years since you have completed the required math, you would be required to write the ABLE Math and/or English test.  See the FAQ for Program Requirements for more information.

You will be notified by the Admissions office via email once your application has been received. After your application has been processed (can take 5-10 business days), your application status can be checked through your MyOkanagan account.

To access your MyOkanagan account:

Login to MyOkanagan at http://myokanagan.bc.ca. Your username is your student number and your password is your birthdate (mmddyyyy).

Application status can be checked under Applicant>View My Applications

Any further communication regarding your application will be done via email. Please check your MyOkanagan account to ensure your most current email address is on file. 

If you have any problems accessing your MyOkanagan account, please call IT Services at 

1-866-839-4032 or complete an online MyOkanagan Password Reset Request.

Waitlists for Foundation programs are controlled through the Admissions office which can be contacted at 250-762-5445 ext. 5417 or admissions@okanagan.bc.ca. Seats in Foundation programs are offered by date of application.  Once all seats are confirmed by the payment of deposits, the remaining applicants are waitlisted. Generally accepting a seat in one program/intake results in the automatic cancellation of all other applications. If you accept a seat in a future intake, but are available on short notice for a close date, please let Admissions know.
Seats are reserved in some intakes for Dual Credit program students. A Dual Credit student means that your school district has agreed to partially sponsor your program.  Please make sure that admissions is aware of your dual credit status, upon applying.  Dual Credit students are responsible for paying their first deposit to confirm a seat in the program.  This deposit can be used towards your portion of material or ancillary fees.

Your offer can be accepted through your MyOkanagan account. You will be contacted by email when an offer is sent out. It will also appear in your MyOkanagan account.

To access your MyOkanagan account:

Login to MyOkanagan at http://myokanagan.bc.ca. Your username is your student number and your password is your birthdate (mmddyyyy).

Please ensure, once you have accepted your offer, that you pay your non-refundable deposit by the deadline. 

If you have any problems accessing your MyOkanagan account, please call IT Services at 

1-866-839-4032 or complete an online MyOkanagan Password Reset Request.

Tuition for your program is due 3 weeks before the start of your class. Tuition can be paid with a debit card, cheque, or money order, or through online banking. If you use online banking, please set Okanagan College as a payee and your account number as your student number. More information on tuition and payment can be found at http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/BecomeaStudent/TuitionFees/Fee_Payment_Inform… 
 

If you have a sponsor or a student loan application, please let registration staff know by emailing a copy of your funding agreement to registration@okanagan.bc.ca  prior to the fee payment deadline date.

What happens if I am unable to attend my intake and need to withdraw?

For information on withdrawing from your Foundation program please see the Tuition Refund Policy. 

Apprenticeship intakes

You may apply for your next level once you are enrolled in a class for your current level.  Applications can be completed online at https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/apply/apprenticeship or over the phone by contacting 1-800-621-3038. Please ensure that you have your ITA number as it is required when applying. There is no application fee. If the seat you request is not available you will be assigned to the next available intake and waitlisted for earlier classes.

Your ITA (Industry Training Authority) Number found by contacting the ITA at 1-866-660-6011 if you are a previously registered apprentice. If you are not currently a registered apprentice, your employer would need to complete an Apprentice and Sponsor Registration form which can be found online at  https://itabc.ca/apply-apprenticeship/forms.

Once your application has been processed a Notification Letter and/or Waitlist Letter will be mailed out to the address on your application.  Please note neither your email nor your home address will automatically update across our systems and ensure you provide the Trades Office with any updated information, including cell phone numbers in case of seat opportunities at short notice.

Due to Covid-19, the Training Schedule and seat availability is changing more rapidly than usual – please refer to the online Training Schedule frequently and watch your phone and email if you are waiting for a seat.  The Training Schedule is updated weekly; therefore, seat open/waitlisted information may not be fully accurate on a given day.  

You will be automatically waitlisted for available intakes in your Level at the time of application.  You can later request to be added to any available waitlists for any newly added intakes but it will not be automatic. There is no fee. If a seat opens in a class for which you are waitlisted, you will be contacted by phone and email. A deadline of 24-48 hours will be provided to you. If you do not respond by the specified deadline you will be removed from that waitlist. If an earlier seat is offered to you after the tuition deadline for that class has passed (at 60 days before program start) you will be required to pay the tuition immediately.

We will do our best to ensure that student training schedules are disrupted as little as possible but please note that at this time, students with earlier assigned seat dates who would otherwise be delayed by one year or longer will be prioritized over those with later dates should it be necessary to adjust intake numbers or dates.

Until further notice, refunds can be requested up to 14 days before program start.  No refunds are available after that date.

Upon request, tuition and fees may be transferred to available seats in upcoming intakes within the year, while being subject to annual tuition fee increases, if applicable (updated in August of each year).

For more information on withdrawing from an intake please see our refund policy online at http://webapps-5.okanagan.bc.ca/ok/Calendar/Fees.  Please note that you are unable to withdraw from your intake if you have completed more than 50% of the intake as per the Registrar’s Office, unless, you are withdrawing for Medical or Compassionate reasons.

While attending an apprenticeship program, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). For information on the EI application process, please visit https://www.workbc.ca/employment-services/apprentice-services.aspx

Work-based hours need to be reported and signed off by your employer to the ITA. A work-based hours form can be found online at https://itabc.ca/apply-apprenticeship/forms

Okanagan College is unable to provide you with your 16 digit reference code. In order to receive your reference code please complete Step 1 of the EI application process which can be found online at https://www.workbc.ca/employment-services/apprentice-services.aspx.

For information on submitting transcripts please click here (http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/BecomeaStudent/Admissions/How_to_Submit_a_Tra…)

If you are unable to meet the admission requirements for your program or it has been more than seven years since you have completed the required math, you would be required to write the ABLE Math and/or English test.  See the FAQ for Program Requirements for more information.

Your T2202 form can be found through your MyOkanagan account on the last day of February.

To access your T2202:

Login to MyOkanagan at http://myokanagan.bc.ca (hyperlink). Your username is your student number and your password is your birthdate (mmddyyyy). If you have any problems accessing your MyOkanagan account, please call IT Services at 1-866-839-4032 or complete an online MyOkanagan Password Reset Request.

Click the “T2202 Tax Form” link under Online Services

Payments, Services and Financial Assistance

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 & Awards office, financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca. Financial Aid & Awards staff can assist students wanting to request a reassessment from Student Aid BC to receive additional funding with the process.

Payment can be made online or by phone—please see the Foundation and Apprenticeship FAQ section for additional details.

No.  Daily or monthly parking passes are NOT required for the Fall 2020 term ( August 15—December 24). Please ensure that you park in the designated Student Parking on the Kelowna Campus, Lots 5, 6, 11 and 17.

Please note that the bookstores on campus are open for limited hours at this time (link). You are also able to order the required textbooks online via https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/bookstore and have them shipped to you ($15 fee) or picked up for the Kelowna, Vernon, or Penticton campus. To expedite the pickup process, please order your textbooks online ahead of time. Masks will be required where physical distancing is not possible.

Tool room 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.

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

General questions

In order to ensure the health of our staff and students, the Trades and Apprenticeship office is open for in-person service to students with in-session classes only. We can be contacted between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm by phone at 1-800-621-3038 or email apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca.  All students are encouraged to utilize phone and email service and online payment, wherever possible.

No, our campuses are currently closed to the public.  Escorted access will be provided to those with classes or testing appointments.

Please email the documentation to apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca or fax to 250-862-5457.  If your class is currently in-session, you may drop it in the mailbox outside of the Trades Office.

For regular updates, please subscribe to our email distribution list at  https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/covid

For more information please contact the Trades and Apprenticeship office at 1-800-621-3038 or apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca