By Whitney Sharp

Cloverdale Campus (4)_rszKwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is dedicated to giving learners a hands-on education and the university’s Faculty of Trades and Technology is no exception. Offering undergraduate programs, foundation-level training, and in-school apprenticeship training, KPU is preparing learners for a diverse mix of careers in growing fields.

The need for qualified tradespeople is on the rise, with the BC Government reporting over 39,000 registered apprentices in the industry training system. An apprenticeship combines in-school technical training with on-the-job experience. At each level of an apprenticeship, students must pass industry exams, with both practical and theoretical components. Select trades are also recognized under the Interprovincial Red Seal Program—the national standard of excellence in Canada for skilled trades

Students interested in pursuing a trade without an industry sponsor are eligible to complete a foundation-level program, gaining knowledge and insight into their respective field. After completing a foundation program, students are eligible for industry sponsorship into Level 2 of their respective apprenticeship option.

In addition to these programs, KPU also offers the Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training program (ACE-IT). The program, open to high school students, is a partnership between school districts and local, post-secondary institutions, allowing high-schoolers to register as a youth apprentice and earn credits toward their high school graduation, and post-secondary credentials.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University proudly puts education in action offering a range of degree, diploma, certificate, and citation programs to ensure you graduate career-ready and prepared to make a positive impact on your community. Turn what you love into your life at KPU: where thought meets action. Learn more about the Faculty of Trades and Technology online at or contact for more information.