In June 2021, the provincial government announced the new Skilled Trades Certification, as B.C. was previously the only province without mandatory trades certification. Implementation began on Dec. 1, 2022.
The skilled trades included in phase one of the certification include refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, gasfitter A & B, steamfitter/pipefitter, sheet metal worker, construction electrician, industrial electrician and powerline technician.
Each trade has a one-year transition period, starting on Dec. 1, that will allow uncertified workers to register as apprentices or become certified by challenging a certification exam. Businesses can prepare for implementation by ensuring workers are registered apprentices or certified journeypeople and making necessary adjustments to ensure their successful transition to Skilled Trades Certification.
Additionally, three automotive trades will be introduced as Skilled Trades Certification trades in 2024 when phase two begins and will also have one year to transition once announced.