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550 Poirier St, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6A7| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime

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Our district partners with Camosun College to offer TUITION-FREE trades training to students who are hoping to gain their level 1 technical training as an Electrician.

Students, and parents, are strongly encouraged to research this trades training opportunity to ensure it is the correct trades program for their career and educational goals. 

Time Commitment

  • 1 intake:  September (ending in late January)
  • 5 months long
  • 5 days a week
  • 8.20pm to 3.00pm

Student Eligibility

  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • the Ministry of Education has allowed students to take this program after graduating, but they must:
    • understand that first priority is given to a student applying for it in his/her grade 12 year... "grads" would be on a waiting list, to start​
    • talk to their counselor well in advance (early January of gr 12 - course selection time)
    • talk to the district coordinator well in advance (early January of gr 12​)
    • complete a 'transition plan' (see district coordinator)
    • have a plan of action​ between June (grad) and Feb (start of sem 2)
      • ex: take Auto 12, work in an auto shop, upgrade math skills,...
  • must have government-issued photo ID that is current/valid on the ​ITA exam date in mid-June (ex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport)​

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $300 for course materials and textbook

Location & Transportation

  • Dr. Charles Best Secondary​
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian


  • completed all grade 11 core subjects, including:
    • ​Physics 11
    • Math 11 Found​ations
  • excellent attendance + lates record

Skills + Attributes

  • ability to work individually, and as part of a team
  • patience and accuracy
  • love of all things electrical in new home construction

Application Process/Steps

  • ​SD43 Applications are available usin​g the link near the top in right column
    • ​consider applying at least 8+ mo​nths in advance of an intake​
  • submit fully completed applications to high school counselor
  • district coordinator will do pers​onal interview at high school
  • successful candidates will be cross-enrolled at Dr. Charles Best and timetables adjusted​

If you want someone to talk in more detail about Electrical options with you at your school, please complete this quick form: TRAIN in Trades survey!​​​


School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828