Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I have to be a member to take apprenticeship classes at UAPICBC?
No, as long as you are a registered apprentice with the Industry Training Authority and meet UAPICBC entrance requirements, non-members are welcome to take apprenticeship classes at UAPICBC; however; only UA Local 170 members are eligible for subsidized tuition fees rates.
Do I need to be sponsored?
Yes and No: If you intend to take Levels 1-4 apprenticeship training then yes, you need to be sponsored.
If you intend to start an apprenticeship without a sponsor you can take the Piping or Welding Foundations program to get going.
How do I sign up as a member?
Download and complete the Application for Apprenticeship Sponsorship or Foundation Training Application for Apprenticeship Sponsorship or Foundation Training and submit it to the Delta Campus office.
How many field (work-based) hours do I have?
Please contact the office at 604-540-1945 or the ITA (Industry Training Authority) customer service line at 778-328-8700 for your most updated field hours.
How much are the initiation fees at Local 170?
Please contact Local 170 at 604-526-0441 for more details.
How much is the registration fee?
Each course has a non-refundable $100.00 fee. This will reserve your seat in an upcoming course. For more specific information, visit the program page or contact UAPICBC at 604-540-1945
What's my ITA (Industry Training Authority Registration Number?
Once you register as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority, they will issue you a Training Worker Identification number (TWID). Please refer to your ITA (Industry Training Authority) card which lists your TWID number or contact ITA BC customer service 778-328-8700.
When do I get my next raise?
The UAPICBC office automatically notifies the contractor of any rate increases. If you have any questions about raises please contact the offices at 604-540-1945.
When's the next ____ class?
You can find our class schedule here or contact the UAPICBC at 604-540-1945.
Why choose a career in trades?
- Opportunity: British Columbia is set to benefit from major economic growth over the coming years. The construction trades will play a huge role in this development.
- Earn While You Learn: Apprenticeship training takes, on average, 4 years to complete. Construction trades offer satisfying and rewarding careers, with above-average starting wages.
- Completing your training and becoming a journey person offers better employability and higher wages.