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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
"TRAIN in Trades" Programs

Note:  Given students are back at school, the application process will be as it was previous to last Spring when CoVid basically had most students learning from home. Here are the application steps you should follow‚Äč:

  • ‚Äč‚Äčclick on one of the trades programs below that interests you
  • read through the program considerations on the left and click on the helpful links on the right
  • an "SD43 application" is ‚Äčlocated in the right column, near the top
    • print out a copy of the application
      • student completes pages 2 and 3‚Äč in pen
    • see your counselor and/or administrator for the follow
      • diploma verification
      • absence/lates report
      • counselor signature‚Äč
      • vice-principal or principal signature
  • ready to submit?
    • ‚Äčmake sure you have all of the following:
      • student has answered all the questions on pages 2 + 3
      • all necessary signatures (4 are required, maybe a 5th if you have an IEP)
      • and updated resume, diploma verification form and attendance/late report
    • give the fully completed application package to your counselor‚Äč
      • ‚Äč‚Äčyou can also email me ( if you want to remind me to pick it up
  • ‚Äč‚Äčan interview will be arranged with the student, by Doug MacLean, either ‚Äčvia Office Teams Meetings or visit to the school‚Äč

Our district is very proud to offer 19+ Trades Training Programs, TUITION FREE!

TRAIN in Trades means that students have an amazing opportunity to gain level 1 technical training while still in high school.
All the training programs are dual credit, meaning students gain high school and post secondary credits.

Applications are taken on a "rolling basis", meaning students can apply any time after Sept. 1st of the current school year for the following school year's intake.

The Coquitlam coordinator will do a personal interview once a completed application is received,
Final decisions are made approximately six to eight months before the start of the program's start date, but early offers of acceptance will be granted in some areas where there is strong application.

Below are the links to the specific trade programs offering by SD43... we encourage to explore ones of interest to learn more details and to download an application form.

Inspirational 'grad' video by Mike Rowe: Trades Students‚Äč 

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

‚ÄčAuto Collision Repairer
"... hammer out dents, buckles and other defects, remove damaged fenders, panels and grills and straighten bent fram‚Äčes."
‚Äč‚ÄčAutomotive Painter
"...removes parts, masks, performs chemical cleaning, applies putty, sands, primes, and prepares vehicles for painting"

"... rigs, welds, burns, rivets, bolts, drills, fits and fabricates ... structural shapes and plates in the erection, demolition, repair and routine maintenance of steel structures, such as buildings, towers, cranes, and bridges‚Äč..."
‚Äč‚ÄčAuto Service Technician
(aka  C‚Äčar Mechanic)
"... examine, test and repair the parts and (engine) systems on cars and light trucks."
‚Äč‚ÄčMetal Fabricator
"... build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries."
"... prepare doughs, batters and other ingredients and then produce items such as bread, buns, cakes, pies, cookies and other baked goods."
"... install, repair, overhaul and maintain machinery and heavy mechanical equipment... also perform routine maintenance activities, such as servicing  equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and investigating breakdowns."
"... uses bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and other materials to construct or repair walls, found‚Äčations and other structures..."
‚Äč‚ÄčMotorcycle Mechanic
"... build, repair and re-style wooden furniture, cabinets, fixtures and other products...  cut and form parts, then assemble into finished products..."

"apply paint, wallpaper, fabric and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures… repair cracks and holes in walls and prepare work surfaces"
"... build and repair a vast array of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes and other materials..."

"... install, alter and repair various piping systems that keep our water and waste disposal systems running... read and interpret blueprints and project specifications..."
"... performs all phases of kitchen activities including the prep and presentation of vegetables, soups, sauces, meat, fish and poultry, cold kitchen items; desserts, baking, pastry; basic menu planning/costing

‚Äč‚ÄčRefrigeration Mechanic
"... make, install, repair and service residential, commercial and industrial cooling and heating systems... for example, servicing the air conditioning systems in high-rise office buildings"

"... work in a wide variety of buildings and facilities‚Ķ assembling, installing‚Äč, testing, maintaining, servicing and operating electrical systems and equipment..."
‚ÄčSheet Metal Worker
... assemble, install and service an extensive range of HVAC, roofing, restaurant, and hospital equipment... use and have knowledge of the specialized welding techniques used for the many different metal alloys ‚Äč..."‚Äč
"... shampoo, cut, style and chemically treat hair. They may also provide‚Äč other services such as scalp treatments and hairpiece services."

"... capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metal in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using various welding processes..."


School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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