Gain the skills required by industry!

Get your start in a Foundations program or learn on the job in an Apprentice program and work your way to a Red Seal. Get hands on training from experienced, industry-leading instructors using state-of-the-art technology and equipment in some of the most innovative shops and classrooms available in Central B.C.

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Civil Engineering Technology

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Civil Engineering Technology

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  • Colin

    CNC has a simulator that you can run and log your hours. It’s an opportunity to get your tickets as quickly as you can and is the only school in BC or Alberta that has this opportunity. At CNC, your teacher is almost like a tutor. They help you through things while you go at your own pace.

    Colin Vander Ende

    Shift Engineer at UNBC, CNC Alumni
  • 20190123 Marissa McTavish 0021

    I’m so very glad I did my foundation course. It gave me a lot of confidence when I was starting out. It lets you try a little bit of everything. And now, after completing three levels of the Electrical program, I enjoy a full-time career working at Primus Electric.

    Marissa McTavish

    Apprentice Electrician at Primus Electric Inc.
  • 20181121 Keaton Goulet 009

    The College is a very good place. It’s the place to go. Instructors here actually care. If you need a little extra help, they are happy and willing to give it to you.

    Keaton Goulet

    Welding, Metal Fabrication, Entrepreneur


Get a Job You Wouldn't Trade
Apprenticeship training is expected to produce 41% of BC job openings over the next 10yrs
That's 353,500 jobs! Source: WorkBC labour market outlook.
Study Local
Most trades employers in Prince George took their training here
Instructors have all been industry members who have knowledge of the companies and connections to the opportunities available in Prince George and elsewhere.
Financial Support
There are various grants and funding opportunities available
Making your training almost fully paid for. Apprentice grants up to $6,000 and EI for Apprentices' while in school. 

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Trades & Industry

Foundations vs Apprenticeship

What’s the difference?

Essentially, they are just different starting lines on the same path of training toward a new career

What is a Foundation program?

A Foundation program allows you to learn the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a trade. It is typically taught in both a classroom and shop setting. One of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain some experience and familiarity with the trade.

This will make it easier for you to take the next step in your training: finding an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship.

How do I start?

  1. Research the different trades and find one that fits your interests
  2. Find out the prerequisites for the trades program you chose
  3. Choose your intake date and campus if there is more than one option available
  4. Follow “Apply” links to submit an application through EducationPlannerBC

Who should take a Foundation program?

  • High school students
  • People with little to no experience in a trade
  • Those changing careers or considering adding to their skillset

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a combinations on on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a trade credential, also know as a ticket. Once you complete your apprenticeship and receive your ticket, you are qualified to work in a skilled trade. You can be an apprentice during high school or after you graduate. Apprenticeship training helps you get a Certificate of Qualification, which is accepted across B.C.

About 50 trades also offer an Interprovincial Red Seal, which certifies you to work across Canada.

How do I start?

  1. Visit the SkilledTradesBC website to read the program profile, which describes the work you’ll do and the requirements for your trade
  2. Find an employer who will hire you and pay for your work while you learn on the job
  3. Ensure your employer is registered with SkilledTradesBC as your sponsor as they will report on your progress
  4. Register with CNC as an apprentice in the level you need

Who is eligible for Apprenticeship training?

Someone who:

  • has an employer or sponsor in their desired field,
  • has work experience hours in the trade, or related trade,
  • has completed their Level 1 training, or
  • is a registered Apprentice with SkilledTradesBC.

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