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Trades Instructor Short Certificate


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This short certificate will address the unique needs of being a trades/vocational instructor. Various teaching and learning methodologies and philosophical approaches in the delivery of vocational and apprenticeship training will be addressed with a focus on the methodologies and documents of the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The certificate will be of interest to current and potential instructors who want to develop their skills in teaching in vocational and trades training contexts.

Completion time will vary depending on individual circumstances. The program is designed to allow for flexibility, and may be completed at an accelerated pace.


The program must be completed within 3 years.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan 2020 7 credits (105 hours) Short Certificate Broadway, Online and locations in BC, Alberta and Yukon Part-time

Program Description

Program Description

This short certificate will address the unique needs of being a trades/vocational instructor. Various teaching and learning methodologies and philosophical approaches in the delivery of vocational and apprenticeship training will be addressed with a focus on the methodologies and documents of the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The certificate will be of interest to current and potential instructors who want to develop their skills in teaching in vocational and trades training contexts.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

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

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

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.

Recommended Characteristics of Students

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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

English 11 or Communications 12 with a C-, or equivalent.


Applicants will be required to have a trade certification and be currently teaching or preparing to teach in a vocational setting, or receive departmental approval.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

You can request an exemption for a course based on your formal education, previous experience and current level of knowledge and skills.

Please contact the office and request Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) for one course at a time. You will be directed to the Department Leader who will supply you information about completing PLAR. You may apply for a maximum of 2 credits of PLAR and transfer credit.

Please contact the office for fees charged for PLAR.

Process:

  1. Apply and meet all the entrance requirements
  2. Contact the program office to request PLAR for a particular course.
  3. Speak with the Department Leader and compile the particular information and evidence requested to substantiate your request.
  4. Include payment for the request and submit it together with the portfolio of information that you have compiled. Include a covering letter that identifies the course for which you are requesting PLAR.
  5. See Policy D.3.5 for more information about VCC’s PLAR procedures.

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(TRAI 3001) Industry Training Authority Fundamentals
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1.0 credits course outline
(TRAI 3002) Trades Specific Facilitating Learning
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2.0 credits course outline
(TRAI 3003) Trades Specific Assessment and Evaluation
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2.0 credits course outline
(TRAI 3004) Trades Specific Student Engagement Techniques
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2.0 credits course outline