BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Bridging to Trades Certificate


Department: CAREER TRAINING (TRADES)
Program Delivery Location: Community Based
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time
Start Dates: TBD

Bridging to Trades Certificate

The Bridging to Trades program provides students with pre-foundational training in several high-demand industrial trades. Students will also develop necessary employment skills including resume writing, interviewing tactics, and other job-search related tools. Throughout the 12 week program, students will develop a sound understanding of workplace safety and gain significant hands-on experience in each of the following four trades:



  • Electrical

  • Plumbing / Pipefitting

  • Machining / Millwright

  • Welding


Additional program content includes:



  • Occupational First Aid Level 1

  • Transportation Endorsement

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)


The Bridging to Trades program is delivered in a cohort model with intakes in several communities throughout the province each year.


Please contact our Community Education Department for delivery of Bridging to Trades in your community.


  • BTEL-060 - Bridging to Trades Electrical
  • BTER-060 - Bridging to Trades Employment Readiness
  • BTES-060 - Essential Skills
  • BTMW-060 - Bridging to Trades Millwright
  • BTPT-060 - Bridging to Trades Piping Trades
  • BTWD-060 - Bridging to Trades Welding
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • Course Listing for this program

    BTEL-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Bridging to Trades Electrical
    This course provides the skills and theory required for entrance to the electrical trade. Students will learn the roles and responsibilities faced by electricians on a daily basis. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or Gr. 10 math, Gr. 10 Eng / ENGL 040 / MATH 040
    BTER-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Bridging to Trades Employment Readiness
    Trades orientation, workplace protocols, and employer expectations will be covered. This course will provide opportunities to develop skills in resume writing, interviewing, and other job-search related areas. Necessary interpersonal skills will be taught. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 040 / MATH 040 / or Gr. 10 math, Gr 10 English.
    BTES-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Essential Skills
    This course supports students to develop and increase essential skills in reading text, applying numeracy applications, and using documents relevant to the curriculum in trades and mine training programs. This course will also help prepare students to acquire test-taking strategies relevant to their programs. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: None
    BTMW-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Bridging to Trades Millwright
    This course provides students with the information required for entry to the millwright trade. Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice will enable students to become familiar with basic millwright duties. This course also introduces students to metric and imperial measuring instructments. Employment skills and workplace safety will be emphasized. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 040 / MATH 040 / or Gr. 10 math, Gr. 10 english.
    BTPT-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Bridging to Trades Piping Trades
    The piping trades include the areas of pipe fitting and plumbing. This course offers students a brief introduction to this trade. Students will learn to fit pipe materials together as well as some basic plumbing procedures. Students will be required to join pipes using thread cutting machines. The piping material will be both metal and plastic. Students will also be introduced to the basic plumbing prodecures required to perfom tasks such as changing fixtures and assembling plumbing apparatus. Employment skills and workplace safety will be emphasized. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 040 / MATH 040 / or Gr. 10 math, Gr 10 english.
    BTWD-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Bridging to Trades Welding
    This course offers students the skills and theory required for entrance to the welding trade. Students will be shown how welding skills are useful in many trades. They will learn to cut metals and join them by the use of welding process using general welding equipment. Employment skills and workplace safety will be emphasized. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 040 / MATH 040 / or Gr. 10 math, Gr. 10 english
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success 101
    This course is a hybrid incorporating both online and classroom teaching. It introduces the students to college academic culture and connects them to the resources that will aid in their success. The course covers a variety of topics including: test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, online research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2018 (January - April)


  • BTEL-060-01
  • BTER-060-01
  • BTES-060-01
  • BTMW-060-01
  • BTPT-060-01
  • BTWD-060-01
  • STSC-101-01
  • Fall 2018 (September - December)


  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
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