STC Trades Designation Process Now Open

On behalf of SkilledTradesBC:

SkilledTradesBC has a new mandate to ensure British Columbia has the skilled workforce to meet the demand for 85,000 more tradespeople over the next ten years. Part of this mandate includes implementing Skilled Trades Certification which will continue to build a diversified and sustainable skilled labour force through certification.    

On behalf of the Government of B.C., SkilledTradesBC is introducing a process to add more trades to the list of designated mandatory trades. Applications may come from B.C. businesses, labour organizations, industry associations, Indigenous organizations and communities that work in, or have an interest in, the trades. The application will require letters of support and information on the industry’s perspective on why the trade should be designated. 

A maximum of ten trades will be selected to move from the application to the detailed assessment phase.  At that time, industry will be further consulted by SkilledTradesBC on the identified trades. Final recommendations will be made to Government in early 2024. 

Applications are open until June 30, 2023. Please visit our website for full details on how to apply or connect directly with for any questions. 

The transition period of implementing the first seven electrical and mechanical Skilled Trades Certification trades is well underway, and the automotive trades will start this transition in 2024. If you are in one of the initial ten Skilled Trades Certification trades, we encourage you to learn more by joining us at one of our Virtual Information Sessions.  

We value your interest in B.C.’s skilled trades industry.  



Shelley Gray ICD.D (She/Her/Hers)

CEO at SkilledTradesBC