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.

The Provincial Government has released a new benefit to support BC residents.

Eligibility includes:

  • $1,000 for families with annual incomes under $125,000. Families earning up to $175,000 will qualify for a reduced benefit amount. Single-parent families also qualify for these benefit amounts.
  • $500 for single people with annual incomes under $62,500. Single people earning up to $87,500 will qualify for a reduced benefit amount.

To apply and be eligible for the one-time, tax-free benefit, people must:

  • have been a resident of British Columbia on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020;
  • be at least 19 years old on Dec. 18, 2020, unless they are the primary caregiver of a child or cohabitating with a spouse;
  • have filed a 2019 income tax return;
  • have their 2019 income tax notice of assessment, and if applicable, their spouse’s 2019 income tax notice of assessment;
  • have their Social Insurance Number, and if applicable, their spouse’s;
  • have their direct deposit information, including branch, institution and account numbers; and
  • have their B.C. driver’s licence or confirm they do not have one.
  • People can apply until June 2021.
To apply, British Columbians can visit:


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

Health and Wellbeing

Greater Vancouver: 604-872-3311
Toll Free: 1-866-661-3311 | TTY: 1-866-872-0113
1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433

Anxiety Canada™ is a leader in developing free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety. A registered charity and non-profit organization, Anxiety Canada was established more than twenty years ago to raise awareness about anxiety, and to support access to proven resources and treatment.

BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

We’re here to help you find quality information, learn new skills, and connect with key resources in BC. Explore strategies to help you take care of your mental health and use substances in healthier ways, find the information you need to manage mental health and substance use problems, and learn how you can support a loved one.

This 8-week community-based course provides simple, practical skills for coping with stress, problem solving, boosting your mood, and busting bad thoughts. Living Life to the Full certified facilitators present a new topic at each weekly class, bringing the skills to life though booklets, worksheets, group activities and discussions.


Get support, access training, or join the discussion at

Here2Talk is a Government led, and paid for, initiative. The Province of B.C. wants to help improve the access and quality of mental health and addictions services for all British Columbians. A key step towards achieving this goal is to address the needs of post-secondary students.

Where to Stay

Please visit Where to Stay page to view suggested accomondations