Trades Access Department Programs and Services

The Trades Access Department offers programs and services to support students who are enrolled in, or planning to enter Trades and/or Technical Studies training at BCIT.

Trades Exploration

Trades Discovery programs offer students an opportunity to sample various trades and technical training and to build the necessary skills for success in their chosen career path. Over a period of 480 hours or 16 weeks, this program covers career preparation, mathematics, blueprint reading, and extensive "hands on" practical training in various workshops at BCIT. By the end of the Trades Discovery programs most students will have chosen a career path.

Meet one of the Grads!

Trades Pre-entry Test

The BCIT Trades Access Department administers Trades Pre-entry tests for applicants to Trades and Apprenticeship programs as well as some Technical programs.

The Trades Pre-entry tests are designed to assess your skill and ability levels in English, Mathematics, Physics and Mechanical Reasoning.

For information on the eligibility to take the Trades Pre-entry test, testing options and to view sample tests, visit the Trades Learning Centre.

Trades Academic Upgrading & Remediation

Trades math courses review the mathematics required in the trades, apprenticeship, and technical training available at BCIT. Students are able to select the courses that meet their specific needs.

Tools of the Trades updates study skills and gives students a head start on Trades Training. This course provides the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in trades and apprenticeship training.

For more information on trades academic upgrading, contact Tom Mills.

Tutoring Assistance

BCIT Trades and Technical Studies students can access a trades instructor for free tutorial assistance in math, science, study skills and blueprint reading. Practical approaches to problem solving are used to assist students with the application of theoretical concepts to job-related tasks. Tutorial sessions are on a drop-in basis, and students are asked to bring their course materials with them.

Location: Trades Learning Centre
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
JW Inglis Building, NE1 Room 340
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby BC V5G 3H2

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Trades Learning Centre Closures:: There will be no tutorial assistance on December 26, December 28, December 29, 2016 and January 2, 2017.


For information regarding trades pre-test and/or tutorial, contact Trades_Pretest@bcit.ca.