Skilled Trade Discovery Program

The Skilled Trades Discovery Program offers an extensive exploration of multiple trades, providing participants with an in-depth understanding over 240 hours. This comprehensive experience allows individuals to acquire practical skills and even attain certifications sought by trade employers.

Positioned as an intake group, the program immerses students in diverse careers associated with the construction industry, specifically focusing on:

  1. Carpentry
  2. Electrical
  3. Plumbing

 The curriculum of the program is predominantly hands-on, emphasizing skill-building, knowledge acquisition, and cultivating the right attitude desired by employers. Incorporating essential skills outlined by SkilledTradesBC (formerly the Industry Training Authority or ITA), the course includes field trips to businesses employing tradespeople, project construction in the workshop, and practical exercises facilitated by ACE’s proficient instructors. The integration of drafting and mathematics complements day-to-day learning experiences.

The Skilled Trades Discovery Program not only imparts tangible skillsrelevant to daily work in Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing but also fostersan understanding of the professionalism inherent in these trades. The curriculum instills safe workplace practices, facilitates student skill development, and encourages the design, planning, production, and evaluation of various techniques and projects.

This program introduces students to the core construction-related trades, namely Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electrical. It goes beyond imparting safeworkplace practices and skill development, offering an introduction to design, planning, and building techniques. Students gain hands-on experience through community-based construction projects, fostering theoretical and practical knowledge while providing a realistic overview of construction trades.

Commencing on April 4, the Skilled Trades Discovery Program caters to students, young adults, or women seeking to acquire practical skills, general employment certifications, and explore careers in trades. This unique opportunity allows participants to delve into Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing, acquiring foundational skills crucial for potential careers in these Trades.

The Electrical component of the program introduces students to essential skills required for a career in the trade, encompassing various materials and processes used by electricians. Carpentry exploration encompasses residential, commercial, and renovation construction, covering material and tool selection, standard building techniques, and the transformation of 2-D plans into 3-D objects. Plumbing studies encompass pipe/steam fitting, gasfitting, and sprinkler fitting, teaching students to create piping systems using appropriate practices and tools.

Graduates of the program can explore further development as well-rounded tradespersons. The program’s success lies in cultivating a trained workforce capable of installing, commissioning, repairing, and maintaining specific equipment associated with evolving technology. Ideal for those who thrive on change and adapting to new technology, the program emphasizes hands- on, practical training within ACE Community College’s dedicated 3200 sq feet workshop focused on industry practices.

The integration of theoretical components complements practical training, with industry tours providing exposure to various work environments. This holistic approach ensures that participants are well-prepared for success in the dynamic and evolving field of skilled trades.

Note: The application is currently in process. No enrollments, advertisements, or marketing will be entertained until this program is approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.


Prior to acceptance:

Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 50% in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 50% in the Math Assessment .

Domestic Students:

Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.

Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the Math Entrance Assessment.

International Students:

International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified.

Physical Requirements:

  • Lift and carry tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up
    to approximately 50 lbs.
  • Lift, carry, hold and operate hand, air and power tools from below
    grade to above shoulders
  • Stand on concrete, dirt, rock, asphalt, wood, etc. for extended periods
    of time
  • Bend, stoop, kneel, crawl to perform tasks
  • Learn and work in a shop environment
  • Push/pull and carry lumber and construction materials
  • Climb extension ladders, and work on scaffolding at heights

Recommendations for Success:

  • Maintain good general health and respiratory condition.
  • Demonstrate capability for physical work, including sufficient physical strength and stamina for handling heavy equipment and materials.
  • Ability to tolerate noise and vibration effectively.
  • Possess balance and coordination skills, enabling walking on uneven
    ground for up to 8 hours per day.
  • Exhibit good manual dexterity.
  • Demonstrate excellent hand-eye coordination.
  • Ensure satisfactory eyesight, including proficiency in line, form, and depth perception.



  • Upon successful completion of the Skilled Trades Discovery Program, students will acquire comprehensive knowledge and practical skills across three distinct trades: Electrical, Carpentry, and Plumbing. This program, spanning eight weeks, provides participants with a unique opportunity to explore and gain insights into the foundational aspects of each trade, facilitating informed decisions about their future career paths.
  • Throughout the program, students will engage in hands-on learning experiences to master Essential Skills, Safe Work Practices, and Workforce Certificates. The curriculum encompasses a thorough exploration of Electrical, Carpentry, and Plumbing trades, incorporating both manual and CAD drafting standards. By actively participating in practical scenarios, students will develop proficiency in the application of these skills, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of the trades.
  • Specifically, participants in the Plumbing component will articulate the scope of plumbing work, comprehend the culture of various pipe trades, and demonstrate expertise in employing safe shop practices. Mastery of hazard control, utilization of personal protective equipment (PPE), and identification of tools and equipment purposes are integral components of the Plumbing curriculum. Additionally, Exhibit good manual dexterity.
  • Demonstrate excellent hand-eye coordination. Ensure satisfactory eyesight, including proficiency in line, form, and depth perception. Students will  acquire the ability to construct piping systems using appropriate  materials, tools, equipment, and established safety procedures.
  • In the Carpentry module, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the trade, including its scope, the role of a carpenter, and the history and culture surrounding carpentry. Emphasis is placed on the implementation of safe shop practices, hazard control, and adherence to emergency procedures. Furthermore, students will develop the ability to identify and describe construction materials and systems, ultimately enabling them to construct carpentry projects using suitable materials, tools, equipment, and safety procedures.
  • The Electrical trade component introduces students to essential skills required for a successful career in the field. Covering various materials and processes employed by electricians, the course sheds light on different career options within the electrical trade, such as construction and industrial electrician roles. Emphasis is placed on adherence to electrical code requirements to ensure safe working practices, including the judicious selection of materials and tools for task execution.
  • By the program’s conclusion, students will not only have explored and gained insights into these in-demand trades but will also have the practical skills and certifications sought by employers in the skilled trades industry. This holistic approach equips participants with the knowledge and competence to embark on successful careers in Electrical, Carpentry, or Plumbing, informed by a well-rounded understanding of each trade’s intricacies.


Skilled Trades Discovery Program



Skilled Trades Discovery Program



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