Transportation Trades Sampler

Certification Program

Offered in collaboration between

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society and Vancouver Community College (VCC)

Funded by Industry Training Authority (ITA) of BC

12 weeks of virtual and in-person training

Hands-on exploratory training in each of the following occupations: Automotive Service Technician, Motor Vehicle Body Repairs, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Automotive Painter and Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician

Customized essential skills training Employment services from PICS

Credential: Short Certificate (credits) Forklift operator certification


JANUARY 11 - MARCH 30, 2021


  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had a EI Benefit within the previous 60 months or have earned more than $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to consecutive years)

  • Must be PR, Citizen or Protected Refugee (with court's years)

  • LINC Level 5 and Up


  • EI Up to $300 Weekly Living Allowance

  • Transportation Support

  • Access to Tool and Work Gear


  • ASTTBC Certification: Registered Provisional Technician

  • Occupational First Aid Level 1

  • Transportation Endorsement Training

  • Road Builders Safety Training Systems

  • Workplace Safety


  • Confined Spaces

  • Fall Protection - Ladder Safety

  • Excavation, Trenching and Shoring Safety

  • Traffic Control Person (TCP/ Flagger)


Cohort 2) December 2, 2020 - April 2, 2021

Eligibility Criteria

Unemployed or underemployed Living in British Columbia

Not enrolled in high school or post-secondary training

Not actively participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program at the time of training

Experiencing difficulties securing employment due to lack of skills training


Canadian Language Benchmark level 6 or above

Grade 10 level English and Math preferred

Good hand-eye coordination and attention to detail

Physically fit to lift up to 50 pounds

Not allergic to paints and chemicals

Ability to commit to 12 weeks of full time training with varying start and end times

Sincere interest in pursuing a related trades career including apprenticeship program

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