Jul 18, 2024  
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People Obtaining Workplace Employment Requirements

Program update

 This program is not accepting applications.
Communities or organizations interested in offering this program locally can contact the office of the Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship Programs 



The People Obtaining Workplace Employment Requirements (POWER) program prepares students for entry into trades training and employment. Students will learn the essential skills required to begin training in trades programming, including mathematics and science, that a trades person uses every day. They will also learn personal skills in areas of communication, decision making, job search and study skills, common safety requirements, and hand and power tool identification and usage, that will prepare them for entry into a foundation level trades programs.

Career Prospects

Students who have completed this program will have basic skills necessary to work as a labourer in industry or will be ready to pursue formalized trades training.



No intakes are scheduled at this time.


540 hours; approximately 18 weeks long.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type:  Career & College Prep

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.
Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1 $ 2,786.40 $ 83.88 $ 295.61 $ 3,165.89

International Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1 $ 6,939.00 $ 83.88 $ 295.61 $ 828.00 $ 8,146.49

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Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older; or consent of the Dean.

Note: There is no maximum age.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans, however students may be eligible for the Adult Upgrading Grant.  Contact Financial Aid for more information.

  2. Students must provide personal protective equipment (CSA approved steel toed safety boots).  Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.

  3. The program is affiliated with SkilledTradesBC.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement 100% of each level must be completed at Northern Lights College or by approval of the Dean
Minimum Grade Requirements Successful completion of all courses


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