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The Who and What of Apprenticeship

There are many pieces to the apprenticeship system.  Navigating them all can be confusing, so we have identified a number of terms you may encounter as an apprentice or sponsor and what they all mean.

Please click on each topic heading for a list of definitions in that area.

Key Apprenticeship Stakeholders (Click to expand)

 

Industry Training Authority (ITA)ITA is a provincial Crown corporation established in 2004 by the Industry Training Authority Act. It is responsible for leading and coordinating the skilled trades training and credentialing system for British Columbia (BC), providing strategic leadership, policy support and customer services to help apprentices, employers and industry. ITA sets program standards, maintains credential records and issues the highly regarded Interprovincial Red Seal and BC Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) credentials.

go2HR – BC’s tourism human resources association responsible for coordinating the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy, go2HR supports the growth and success of the tourism industry by developing strategies to help tourism and hospitality businesses in recruiting, retaining, and training employees.

Industry – employers and their associated organizations, including sponsors of apprentices, within the various sectors and sub-sectors of the BC economy.

Sponsor – a person or organization registered with ITA that is willing and able to ensure an apprentice receives training and related practical experience in the tasks, activities and functions that are carried out in that occupation.

Apprentice – an individual registered in an ITA apprenticeship industry training program.

Challenger – an individual who has never been certified in Canada, who has years of industry experience either in Canada or elsewhere, and applies to challenge the assessment process.

ITA Designated Training Provider – an individual or organization that provides training services and has been designated by ITA to deliver a specific course and level of training for an ITA industry training program. Training providers may be public, private, post-secondary and/or secondary school organizations. List of ITA Designated Training Providers

 

Certificates and Credentials (Click to expand)

 

Certificate of Completion (C of C) – credential awarded by ITA to students who have successfully completed the requirements of a foundation industry training program.

Certificate of Apprenticeship (C of A) – credential awarded by ITA only to apprentices who have successfully completed the requirements of an accredited industry training program. Challengers are not issued this certificate, as only apprentices can use it to claim the Federal Incentive grants.

Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) – credential awarded by ITA to apprentices who have successfully completed the requirements of either accredited or recognized industry training programs, and to individuals who have successfully challenged the C of Q exam and if required, a practical assessment for an accredited or recognized industry training program.

Red Seal – standardized national endorsement for specified trades that enables greater interprovincial and inter-territorial tradesworker mobility. Upon successful completion of a written Interprovincial Red Seal (IP) exam, as well as any required provincial practical assessment, a nationally recognized Red Seal endorsement is affixed to the provincial Certificate of Qualification.

 

Industry Training Programs (Click to expand)

 

Programs that lead to an ITA certification and are delivered by an ITA designated training provider, i.e., foundation and apprenticeship (both accredited and recognized).

Foundation Industry Training Programs – approved by the ITA Board of Directors, they are primarily in-school based and focused on acquiring the skills needed to gain entry into a particular occupation. They include minimal work-based training, and integrate with existing accredited and recognized industry training programs. Successful completion of a foundation industry training program results in the issuance of a Certification of Completion.

Accredited Industry Training Programs – designated by the Minister responsible for the Industry Training Authority Act by way of regulation as an accredited program and approved by the ITA Board of Directors. These programs follow national standards; include technical and work-based training, and require employer’s Recommendation for Certification (RFC). Successful completion of an accredited industry training program results in the issuance of a Certificate of Qualification with an Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement.

Recognized Training Programs – approved by the ITA Board of Directors and following provincial standards, these programs include technical and work-based training, and require employer’s Recommendation for Certification (RFC). Successful completion of a provincially recognized industry training program results in the issuance of a Certificate of Qualification. An Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement is not applicable to recognized industry training programs.

Technical Training – institution-based (in-class or distance education) component of an industry training program that is intended to provide apprentices with a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to complement their work-based training. At the end of the technical training, apprentices normally write the appropriate level exam, Certificate of Qualification or Interprovincial Red Seal exam, and completes a practical assessment if required.

Work-Based Training – workplace component of an apprenticeship, where an apprentice receives on-the-job training under the direction and supervision of a certified tradesperson or ITA approved supervision and sign-off authority. The scope of work covers the learning tasks, activities and functions required by the industry training program in which the apprentice is registered.

 

Youth Initiatives (Click to expand)

 

ACE-IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training) - training for BC secondary students that results in Level 1 or higher technical training credit towards an ITA accredited or recognized industry training program. Students may also achieve work-based training hour credits towards an apprenticeship if they complete work-based training as part of their ACE-IT training. The program may result in secondary school graduation credit(s) and/or post-secondary credit(s) depending on how the program is structured in the school district. ACE-IT can be combined with Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA).

Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) – program for BC secondary students resulting in a minimum of 480 work-based training hour credits towards an ITA accredited or recognized industry training program, and up to 16 secondary school graduation credits. Eligible students may also be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Additional Information on ACE-IT and SSA.

 

Examinations (Click to expand)

 

Standard Level Exam – a provincial exam normally written by registered apprentices after the completion of a level of technical training. Individuals with relevant experience in the trade may qualify to challenge the level exam.

Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) Exam - standardized provincial exam written upon completion of an industry training program. Individuals with relevant previous experience in the trade may qualify to challenge the C of Q exam.

Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Exam – standardized interprovincial exam available for a number of trades. The successful completion of an Interprovincial Red Seal exam leads to a Red Seal endorsement being affixed to the corresponding provincial Certificate of Qualification.

 

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