Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A micro-credential is a short-duration, competency-based program that aligns with labour market or community needs. Micro-credentials provide opportunities for people to quickly obtain new skills and access high-demand employment. As they are often offered at a shorter length, lower cost and with flexible delivery options, micro-credentials can increase access to post-secondary education for a wide range of people. As part of the StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan, the Province is developing and enhancing micro-credentials across B.C. to ensure the availability of short-duration training that responds quickly to labour market needs and the evolving economy. For more information about micro-credentials in British Columbia, visit:  

We do not connect you directly with employers. However, we will host the organizations that host workshops and provide industry connections.

These courses are open to experienced tradespeople who want to update their skills, advance their careers, or strengthen their businesses. TradeUpBC also provides public post-secondary institutions with a new and streamlined hub to increase access to microcredentials and professional development offerings for employers.

Our website showcases offerings from BC’s post-secondary institutions and is intended to make it easier for people to obtain new skills and access high-demand employment in British Columbia. Course offerings are flexible and provided through online learning, virtual delivery, in-person, or blended options, including night or weekend classes. This makes it possible for people currently working or living abroad to explore these short-term training opportunities.

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There is the possibility for you to access a StrongerBC future skills grant or a Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery grant. You can also contact Financial Aid at your preferred post-secondary institution for information about possible grants and scholarships available. You may also have possible scholarships available to you through your current employer or union.

The Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills is responsible for the Stronger BC future skills grant. For more information, please visit this website.

TradeUpBC is a centralized online hub that brings together short-term training opportunities from British Columbia’s post-secondary institutions for experienced trades workers. These offerings will help people upgrade their skills and knowledge in a manner that responds quickly to new skills for in-demand and rapidly evolving jobs. Courses are provided through online learning, virtual delivery, in-person, or blended options, including night or weekend classes.

You can advance your skills and technical knowledge, gain new skills, or even explore other trades of your interest. Through this website, you have access to available programs from public post-secondary institutions throughout the province.

Most offerings do not have pre-requisites. However, some may ask for basic high school Physics, English, or Math entry requirements.