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Aboriginal Construction

Vancouver Island University

Degree:Certificate; Apprenticeship
Field of Study:Construction Trades, General
Length:10 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,138

Books and supplies (approximate cost): $1,300.00

Careers:Construction ManagersConstruction EstimatorsConstruction Inspectors


The Aboriginal Construction Program provides an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that give a head start in the construction industry with the benefit of learning coastal First Nations construction history and methods. Developed in consultation with the coastal First Nation's communities this program is designed for aboriginal learners with components that include recognition of cultural issues regarding education and traditional construction as well as skills development in areas such as mathematics and communications.

On successful completion, graduates will receive credit for Industry Training Authority Level I Carpentry, which provides the foundation for completion of a Carpentry apprenticeship. Apprenticeship is a tried and true method of learning and passing on knowledge and skills from Journeyperson to apprentice. The BC model provides for study and skills development over 4 years with 80% of the time in the workforce earning a living and 20% in study at a training institution or through other learning models. On completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices have the opportunity to write an Interprovincial Red Seal Exam. Successful completion provides certification that is recognized across Canada and many other places in the world.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    • Grade 12, or equivalent, or mature student status, or on recommendation of program Chair;
    • Minimum 17 years of age;
    • Successful completion of assessment testing or recommendation of program Chair;
    • Interview will be required.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
      Preference will be given to aboriginal students, especially those with a Vancouver Island First Nations heritage. Documentation may be requested. Non-aboriginal students will be considered if space remains available.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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