Transportation Trades Sampler

CREDENTIAL: Short Certificate

Get an introduction to key elements of automotive service, automotive collision and refinishing, and heavy duty equipment before choosing an apprenticeship or career path.

Tuition: 1461*
Credential: Short Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway

What you will learn

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

  • Demonstrate safe working practices including compliance with Worksafe BC and WHMIS regulations.
  • Demonstrate forklift operation in accordance with IVES Training Group standards.
  • Demonstrate general automotive maintenance services including lubrication and fluids, belts and hoses, exterior lamps, tires and wheels in accordance with SkilledTradesBC Provincial competencies for Automotive Service.
  • Demonstrate welding procedures and welding safety in accordance with SkilledTradesBC Provincial competencies for Automotive Service.
  • Demonstrate basic equipment operational procedures in accordance with SkilledTradesBC Provincial competencies for Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport.
  • Demonstrate basic automotive repair refinishing practices in accordance with SkilledTradesBC Provincial competencies for Automotive Refinishing.

What to expect

The Transportation Trades Sampler short certificate provides a wide range of opportunities for student Instructional time is (approximately) 25% classroom and 75% practical activity. Classroom activities are lectures, demonstrations, audio-visual presentations and exercises. Practical experience takes place in an active shop setting. The extensive workshop experience provides reinforcement of theoretical concepts, develops hand skills, and familiarity with repair procedures, electronic equipment standard safety procedures. All modules are designed to enable the student to work independently and in groups.

Admission requirements


Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested BC secondary school students, teachers and counselors are directed to contact the Career Program Coordinator or Administrator for their school district. See the Youth Explore Program website for details (https://skilledtradesbc.ca/youth-explore-the-trades-program).

Note: Students will be required to provide safety boots.


Recommended Characteristics

  • Basic Computer Skills

  • Good general health and respiratory condition

  • Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy parts and equipment as required by the program

  • Ability to tolerate noise and vibration

  • Mechanical aptitude and interest

  • Good manual dexterity

  • Good hand-eye co-ordination

  • Good eyesight and normal colour vision

  • Good line, form and depth perception

  • Possession of valid BC driver's license

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program. 

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 fee0
Tuition Tuition 1461
Student union64
College initiative29
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource30
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 0
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 442
Program-specific extra fees0

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