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.

CNC Student Experiences

Innovations in Teaching

Innovation in Teaching

Behind the scenes look at how CNC is innovating teaching methods.

Pro Cook Kitchen Tour with Mandy

Pro Cook Kitchen Tour

Explore behind the scenes of CNC's professional kitchen with Chef Mandy.


Civil Engineering Technology

From planning to completion with Min and Maria.


Civil Engineering Technology

Outside or inside no day is ever the same with Rod.

  • 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 ITA BC 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 ITA BC 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 ITA BC.

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Open House. Open Opportunities.

Discover all that CNC has to offer at the Open House. Your journey begins here.

Event Details

March 4th 10am - 3pm
Burns Lake • Fort St. James •
Mackenzie • Quesnel • Vanderhoof

March 5th 10am - 3pm
Prince George Campus

Campus Life PG 19

Event Description

Welcome! We're excited you're here and taking the next steps to explore your future. We have an exciting day of various hands-on activities planned to help you reach your goals and learn more about CNC.

Everyone who RSVPs for the event and attends will be eligible to win $500 in credit toward their tuition.  

Here are some of the top reasons to attend our Open House:

  • tour the campus
  • attend for a chance to win 1 of 3 $1000 tuition vouchers
  • meet the lecturers and instructors
  • browse courses and programs
  • receive personalized academic advice
  • attend to waive your application fee
  • see student housing (Prince George campus only)
  • interactive course demonstrations
  • mini games and other surprises

With over 90 programs, you’re guaranteed to find your perfect fit.

If you opt out of registration that's okay! You will be able to join the event on the day by just showing up and still getting all the valuable information you need.

So, what are you waiting for?

RSVP today! 

Prince George Event Schedule

Special thanks to ImPark for providing FREE parking during open house on the Prince George Campus!

Department Location Time
UNBC Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Office of the Registrar - Admissions Office of the Registrar Room 1-739 10:00am - 3:00pm
Student Services - Academic Advising Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Student Services - Accessibility Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Student Services - Financial Aid Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Student Services - Health & Wellness Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Student Union (CNCSU) Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Campus Tours In front of the Library 10:30am, 11am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2:30pm
Trades Tours In front of the library  11:30am, 1:30pm


Program Location Time
Academic Upgrading (ACDU) Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Anthropology + Sociology + Criminology TBD 10:00am - 3:00pm
Applied Business Technology (ABT) Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Automotive Collision & Refinishing Canfor Technical Centre Shop 2-880 10:00am - 3:00pm
Automotive Service Technician John Brink Building Shop 2-1041 10:00am - 3:00pm
Biology Rooms 3-201 & 3-203 10:00am - 3:00pm
Business Management Room 2-312 10:00am - 3:00pm
Carpenter John Brink Building Shop 2-1066 10:00am - 3:00pm
CE Education - Programs/Courses (Information) Room 1-735 10:00am - 3:00pm
Chemistry Room 2-207 10:00am - 12:00pm
Civil Engineering Technology Canfor Technical Centre Lab 2-860 10:00am - 3:00pm
Community Support Worker + Education Assistant Room 1-345 10:00am - 3:00pm
Computer Network Technician (CNET) John Brink Bulding Lab 2-1050, 2-1052 10:00am - 3:00pm
Computer Network Technician (CNET) + Post-Diploma in Information Technologies (PDIT) Cisco & A+ Labs, Brink Bldg.
2-1050 or 2-1027
10:00am - 3:00pm
Continuing Education- Programs/Courses (Presentations) Room 1-121 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dental Assisting Dental Reception 1-401 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dental Hygiene Dental Reception 1-401 10:00am - 3:00pm
DEPT School of ACE Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
DEPT School of Health Sciences Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
DEPT School of HUB Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
DEPT School of Trades Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Gathering Place 10:00am - 1:00pm
Early Childhood Care and Learning Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Electrical John Brink Building Shop 2-1053 10:00am - 3:00pm
English & Modern Languages Room 1-306 10:00am -11:00am
English Languge Program (ENLA) Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Fine Arts + Web and Graphic Design Room 2-244 10:00am - 3:00pm
Geography Room 2-232 10:00am - 3:00pm
Health Care Assistant (HCAP) Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Heavy Mechanical Trades Finning Building Shop 2-1120 10:00am - 3:00pm
Industrial Mechanic Canfor Technical Centre Shop 2-850 10:00am - 3:00pm
Job Education and Training (JET) Room 2-106 10:00am - 3:00pm
Kinesiology Room 1-306 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Mathematics and Computer Science Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Medical Laboratory Technology Science (MLTS) Gathering Place 10:00am - 2:00pm
Medical Radiography Technology (MRAD) Room 3-221 10:00am - 3:00pm
Natural Resources Forest Technology Room 3-234 10:00am - 3:00pm
Nursing Baccalaureate/Bachelor in Science of Nursing Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Philosophy + Independent Studies TBD 10:00am - 3:00pm
Physics & Engineering Room 2-223 10:00am - 12:00pm
Pipe Trades Canfor Technical Centre Lab 2-897 10:00am - 3:00pm
Power Engineering Canfor Technical Centre Lab 2-890 10:00am - 3:00pm
Practical Nurse Gathering Place 10:00am - 3:00pm
Professional Cook Main Campus Lab 1-209 10:00am - 12:00pm
Social Service Worker TBD 10:00am - 12:00pm
Welding Canfor Technical Centre Shop 2-830, 2-840 10:00am - 3:00pm