Trades Discovery

High School Credit
  • Part Time
LENGTH: 6 months or less
CAMPUS: Burns Lake - Fort St. James - Prince George - Quesnel - Vanderhoof
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Spring 2024 - Spring 2025
  • 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 a School District. The program is open to high school students who have successfully completed grade 9.

 The program begins with a Core Skills component to get students ready for college and offers an introduction to industry in the community, careers in the trades, tours and relevant speakers. Students then continue to take four subsequent components that will introduce them to various trades.

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 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

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 a CNC Trades Discovery Certificate.

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.

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 2024 Burns Lake In Class 22 weeks
Spring 2024 Fort St. James In Class 6 months or less
Spring 2024 Quesnel In Class 6 months or less
Spring 2024 Vanderhoof In Class 12 weeks
Fall 2024 Prince George In Class
Spring 2025 Prince George In Class 6 months or less
Spring 2025 Burns Lake In Class 22 weeks
Spring 2025 Fort St. James In Class 6 months or less
Spring 2025 Quesnel In Class 6 months or less
Spring 2025 Vanderhoof In Class 6 months or less

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.