Trades Discovery

High School Credit
  • Part Time
LENGTH: 6 months or less
CAMPUS: Burns Lake - Mackenzie
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Spring 2023 - Spring 2023
  • In Class
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


The Trades Discovery Program allows you to earn high school credits while experiencing four different trades (such as carpentry, metal fabrication, professional cook, millwright, etc.).

How it works

The Trades Discovery Program is a 300-hour program run through CNC in partnership with ITA and the School District. The program is open to high school students who have successfully completed grade 9.

Trades discovery classes at the Prince George campus are held in the afternoon (12:30 - 3:30pm) so that you can complete required courses during the morning blocks at your high school. Classes at the Burns Lake campus are held from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

The program will follow the program guide set out by British Columbia's Industry Training Authority (ITA) Youth Explore model, combining a sampling of theory and practical elements of each trade.

What you will learn

This hands-on program will take place mostly in a shop environment allowing you to gain practical trades experience. You will work on a variety of projects under the guidance of Red Seal instructors, in CNC's state of the art trades training facilities.

Additionally, you will spend time in the classroom learning how to:

  • Attain an apprenticeship in British Columbia
  • Develop career planning and entrepreneurship tools
  • Develop trades based essential skills
  • Complete occupational health and safety certificates

Outcomes and opportunities

Upon completion of the Trades Discovery Program you will have gained new friends and new skills including collaborative teamwork, communication, and workplace safety. You also will have gained high school credits, entry-level technical experience in four trades, and several industry certifications. 

Trades Discovery Courses

The Trades Discovery program is designed to allow students to explore a minimum of four different trades, allowing students to try a trade before committing to a full program. Students will be introduced to career planning/entrepreneurial tools, essential skills training occupational health and safety courses, and practical project based learning within the four trades. This program will promote working in a safe, respectful and productive environment and prepare students for applying to a foundation program, or seeking an apprenticeship.

Trades Discovery Program: Program Outline

TRDE-100 Trades Discovery Core Skills 0 3 weeks
TRDE-125 Trades Discovery Carpentry 0 2 weeks
TRDE-135 Trades Discovery Auto Service 0 2 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Spring 2023 Burns Lake In Class Jan 30 - June 29 2023
Spring 2023 Mackenzie In Class Jan 30 - June 29 2023

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of Math and English at a grade 9 level or higher.

Need help meeting these requirements. Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

Invest in your future

Please check the Fee Schedule for up-to-date information.

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities.