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North Island College

North Island College is well-positioned geographically to assist the construction industry by providing effective training in this region. With trades programs at Port Alberni, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River, NIC’s School of Trades & Technology offers a broad range of provincially or nationally certified pre-apprentice (Foundation), apprentice and technician programs many of which have specific application to the construction industry. These programs include:

  • Aircraft Structures (AME-S)
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Drafting (AutoCAD)
  • Carpentry (apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship)
  • Electrical Work (apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship)
  • Electronics and Industrial Automation
  • NEW TV and Film Industry Crew Training (see details below )
  • Heavy Duty / Commercial Transport Mechanics
  • Heavy Equipment Operator & Machine Training
  • Joinery / Cabinetmaking
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Millwright
  • Plumbing and Piping (apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship)
  • Professional Cook
  • Residential Building Maintenance Worker
  • Welding Levels, C, B and A

With initiatives underway in green building and alternate energy, North Island College seeks to assist the construction industry to adapt new technologies. North Island College also recognizes the strength of working in partnership to serve industry locally and has developed collaborative arrangements with many other institutions, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Details about these or related programs may be accessed by contacting:

Don Gillingham
Dean, Trades & Technology
1685 S. Dogwood St
Campbell River Campus
Phone: 250-923-9726

New training offered.

BC’s 2025 Labour Market Outlook predicts the motion picture and sound recording industry to be BC’s fastest growing industry, with In the Mainland / Southwest region, 6 of the 10 fastest growing occupations identified in the Labour Market Outlook are directly related to film production.

TV and Film Crew Training for Trades Professionals offered at NIC

Mark your Calendars – NIC in collaboration with BC film industry professionals are offering never before offered TV and Film Crew Training, designed for trade professionals on Vancouver Island.
Applications are now being accepted for NIC’s new TV and Film Crew Training program in Campbell River and Port Alberni commencing as soon as October and November.
Supplement your existing trades employment and prepare to join one of BC’s fastest growing industries with short, hands-on training in film lighting, carpentry and set construction, or learn the industry protocols to work as a grip or production assistant.
NIC’s program is developed and taught industry professionals, with more than 30 years of industry experience.
Pilot programming is sponsored by government thus there is a one time reduce tuition fees. Training available for only $275. Industry certifications alone hold a value of over $2,500.
Limited enrolment available. To apply, fill out the attached application form and email it to today.

Or via the web at

Relevent NIC Publications:

publications page which is updated on a regular basis

Grand Opening Comox Valley Trades Centre

Community Report which profiles programming

Strategic Plan