I am lucky enough to be from the sunny Okanagan and transferred to VIU because I was drawn to the close community and opportunity for connection that a smaller school offers -- and of course the beautiful island weather!.

– Quinn Campbell
    Bachelor of Arts,  Class of 2020

I am lucky enough to be from the sunny Okanagan and transferred to VIU because I was drawn to the close community and opportunity for connection that a smaller school offers -- and of course the beautiful island weather!

– Madison Naswell
    BEd, class of 2020

Intro

VIU Trades and Applied Technology programs offer a fast track to great careers that are in high demand – now and into the future. Gain practical skills in more than 20 popular trades programs, learning from dedicated, experienced and industry-connected instructors. They care about your success and will help you match your new skills to jobs in the trades industries.

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The future is bright for individuals who have the practical education, training and expertise that is in high demand – now and in the future. Get ready for what’s next for you with VIU Trades and Applied Technology programs, many which offer apprenticeships.

Trades Programs

The future is bright for individuals who have the practical education, training and expertise that is in high demand – now and in the future. Get ready for what’s next for you with VIU Trades and Applied Technology programs, many which offer apprenticeships.

First come, first served (FCFS) - Limited number of seats available. Applications are processed as they are received with qualified applicants being admitted until the seats are full.

Limited - Limited number of seats available. Applications are processed at deadline with the top applicants admitted until full.

Many Trades programs offer apprenticeships.

Take it from some of our students.

“The most valuable takeaway from my VIU program was the networking opportunities.

The VIU horticulture program has developed great rapport within the community, and many past students of the program are now leaders in the Horticulture industry around the central island.  As well, the program prepared me well to diagnose plant problems.”

Bianca van der Stoel shares her experience as an alumni of VIU’s Horticulture program.

– Bianca van der Stoel
    Horticulture Technician

    Foundation Certificate

I never felt dumb or silly asking questions (I asked a lot) and always felt satisfied with the answers given along with a strong feeling of having gained useful knowledge.”

“I started the VIU power engineering program and found the environment both comfortable and supportive.

Eli Gaucher shares his experience as a student in the Power Engineering program at VIU.

– Eli Gaucher
    Power Engineering/Process  

    Operator 4th Class Certificate

Take it from some of our students.

Here's why it's worth it.

95%

Of graduates are working full-time

95%

Satisfaction rate

89%

Of graduates are in a job related to their program

Here's why it's worth it.

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The VIU community acknowledges and thanks the Snuneymuxw, Quw’utsun, Tla’Amin, Snaw-naw-as and Qualicum First Nations on whose unceded territories we teach, learn, research, live and share knowledge.

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