Trades Instructor

CREDENTIAL: Short Certificate

Learn the latest techniques, methodologies, and approaches to teaching in vocational and trades training contexts.

Tuition: 1516*
Credential: Short Certificate
Hours: Part-time
Delivery: Class-based
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Campus: Varies Varies
Start Dates: Continuous

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What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Design, deliver and evaluate adult learning and teaching reflecting various vocational instructional approaches.
  • Create and manage a positive and engaging vocational learning environment that promotes respect for the diversity of learners.
  • Act in an ethical and professional manner when working in an adult vocational education setting.
  • Integrate critical reflection and self-regulated learning into personal and instructional practices.
  • Demonstrate and promote critical thinking skills as a professional.

What to expect

Instructional strategies may include interactive lecture, presentations, assignments, guest speakers, discussions, group work, field trips, case studies.

Courses may be offered in online, face-to-face, and blended formats.

Admission requirements


  • English language proficiency at an English 12 level, or equivalent

  • Applicants will be required to have:
    • Trade certification and be currently teaching or preparing to teach in a vocational setting, or
    • Receive departmental approval


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s university transfer team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

Students should have:

  • a willingness to participate in a wide variety of instructional strategies, both face-to-face and online
  • the ability to work independently and with others

Courses *

This program must be completed within 3 years.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses. 

PLAR is available for all courses in this program. 

Applying for PLAR: 

  • Identify courses for which PLAR may be requested. 
  • Submit the following to the department: 
  • Actual curriculum products/artifacts created and used by the applicant in their workplace which are judged equivalent to the curriculum documents and course assignments. 
  • An essay in which the applicant describes the development of their thinking related to the themes, issues, and concepts of the course. 
  • A successful interview with the department. 

Students may apply for a maximum of two program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.  

To request PLAR, please contact the department directly. 

See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information. 

Students may also request transfer credit in accordance with VCC's Transfer Credit policy. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process by completing a transfer credit request form available from the Registrar's Office. To request transfer credit for coursework successfully completed outside the BC transfer system, students will be required to provide detailed course outlines from the year/semester in which the courses were completed, and will need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent from the issuing institution to the Registrar's Office at VCC. For more information on transfer credit processes and requirements, please

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 1516
Student union0
College initiative20
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource61
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 0
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
Program-specific extra fees0

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