Training Opportunities

British Columbia has some of the best industry training in the world.

Mining Industry Certificate Program

The Mining Industry Certificate (MINE) Program is an innovative educational program designed to train students for a career in the surface mining industry. The MINE program uses heavy equipment simulators that fast track heavy equipment operators to about forty percent proficiency before they are ever on a job site. By the time they graduate, they have also had on-site training; earned the safety certifications they will require and gained a real-world understanding of what it’s like to work as part of a team at a mine site.


Aboriginal Skills Group

The Aboriginal Skills Group is a non-profit partnership dedicated to increasing Aboriginal employment in strategic markets. The society collaborates with First Nations communities, Métis Provincial Council and industry and training institutions.
The Aboriginal Skills Group trains and certifies Aboriginals with the knowledge, experience and qualification that industries need. Training is available in the categories of heavy equipment operation, warehousing, independent power plant operations, chef training and Red Seal apprenticeships in a variety of trades.

Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association

The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA) is a non-profit society that serves First Nations and Urban Aboriginals in the north central region. PGNAETA consists of chiefs, urban leaders, employment practitioners and aboriginal citizens working together to aid the Aboriginal workforce in gaining skills necessary to be successful in today’s economy.
Training opportunities include Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) training and trades training and funding.

University of Northern British Columbia

The University of Northern British Columbia offers a wide variety of certificates and degrees including Silviculture Surveyor Assessor Chainsaw Safety, ATV safety, Introduction to GPS, and Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor training, as well as degrees in Forest Ecology and Management, Natural Resources Planning, Energy Specialization, Geography, Environmental Studies, and a variety of Business degrees.

British Columbia Construction Association

The Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) was originally launched in 2006 to assist foreign trained skilled workers obtain employment in the Construction Industry where there was a lack of available workers.  This first partnership between the British Columbia Construction Association and the Construction Sector Council laid the ground work for what has become an extremely successful employment program with a wide range of offerings within the province of British Columbia.
Since that first project, the STEP Network has grown to include employment programs that serve all Canadian residents wanting a career in any of the over 90 Industry Training Authority recognized trades.

British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association

The British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) works with mining companies to align their training opportunities with the jobs that are in highest demand. BC AMTA provides opportunities for Aboriginals at every level, from tutoring for those who are working on skills upgrading, to certificates for individuals looking for mining employment or those looking to expand their opportunities and knowledge in the industry.  Those looking to become a student at BC AMTA can learn more online about their programs and services, different jobs in the mining industry, and opportunities in the province.