Application Process

  • Transcript (i.e. high school, college, welding, etc.) or GED
  • Resume
  • Any safety certification documentation

After all the documents have been submitted, please call our Training centre or SMART Local Union #280 to book the Entrance Standard Exam


  • full work clothing
  • steel toe boots
  • binder with paper
  • TI 30x-A calculator
  • pens and pencils
  • be familiar with SMWTCS policy on attendance
  • be familiar with SMWTCS policy on behaviour
  • make sure to study the map well in order to know how to get to school on the first day of classes

Your school hours do not count towards your wage level hours. Technical Training Hours and Work Based Training hours are separate. The requirement for 1600 hours per wage level for a total of 6400 hours total are all work based hours. The 840 hours of technical training that are counted while you are in school are separate to the 6400.

All automated emails from the ITA regarding program inactivity can be ignored.

COVID-19 Response Benefits and Funds

Please view the summary of programs & benefits offered by the Government of Canada.

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

If you’re a residential customer and you or your spouse/partner have lost employment or have become unable to work due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for free credit on your BC Hydro bill. View COVID-19 Relief Fund for residential customers page.


There are three types of training tax credits:

  1. Basic credit for the first 24 months of non-Red Seal training programs
  2. Completion credit for level 3 or level 4 for both Red Seal and non-Red Seal training programs
  3. Enhanced credit for First Nations individuals and persons with disabilities

The federal government also provides a non-refundable credit for employers for the first 24 months of Red Seal apprenticeship programs.

Learn more about the apprenticeship job creation tax credit 

Financial Assistance & Support

Please refer to the links below to view the application process details:
Process for WorkBC Apprentice Services Financial Supports application
Retrieving your EI Reference Code

Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits. EI Regular Benefits – Overview

The link below provides a detailed information about CAL:
Canada Apprentice Loan

Where to Stay

Please visit Where to Stay page to view suggested accomondations

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