Training Fee Support

Are you in need of short-term training or certification to increase your chances of getting a job? The Training Fee Support program helps unemployed, underemployed, self-employed or those who need to diversify their skills to help them secure employment.

There are two bursaries available that provide access to education or training to help increase the employability of Columbia Basin residents to meet current labour market demands.

  • Individuals can apply for up to $1,000 in subsidies to go towards tuition for a short-term course.
  • For specialized training, individuals can apply for up to 75 percent of the training costs, up to $7,500 to go towards tuition for training where there is an identified skills shortage and high labour demand in the Columbia Basin, these training areas are listed below.
  1. Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Training – could include the Energy Advisor training, Certified Climate Change Professional certification, Climate Change policy certification.
  2. Carbon/Emissions Management Training – could include sustainable business practices, climate smart certification, Carbon accounting, and/or GHG inventories.
  3. Forestry skills or related certification – log scaling & grading, surveying, digital mapping, timber cruising, tree faller etc.
  4. Food production and/or processing skills or related certification – could include agriculture, food policy, horticulture certification.
  5. Heavy Equipment Operator – could include individual machine training or combination machine training (backhoe, grader, loader, A.R.T., Dozer, Excavator etc.) and may also be combined with safety tickets. May include Foundation Program depending on link to employment.
  6. Programmer and Coders – training geared to mid-level skills, web and IOS development boot camps
  7. Construction related Certification
  8. Paramedic or EMT Certification
  9. Early Childhood Education
  10. Health Care Aide
  11. Office/Business Administration (with specialties in bookkeeping, insurance, and financial products)

You may apply if you:

  • Are a resident of the Columbia Basin;
  • Have been a resident of British Columbia for a minimum of six continuous months prior to time of application;
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Are unemployed, underemployed (underemployed refers to working less than 20 hours per week or earning a wage that is not meeting an individual’s basic financial needs);
  • Have exhausted all other fee support programs; and
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to learning by contributing a reasonable portion of the costs associated with training
  • Other eligibility criteria may apply.

You may keep applying for tuition support until you have used up the full $1,000 limit. After you’ve used $1,000, you must wait five years to reapply.

The program accepts applications year-round. Tuition fees are paid directly to the training institution.

If you are self-employed or currently working MORE THAN 20 hours a week call 1.844.427.1798 for further details.

If you are currently unemployed or underemployed call your local WorkBC centre for further details and eligibility criteria, see numbers below.

Castlegar1.250.365.65151016 4th Street
Suite 210 1113 Baker Street
Creston1.250.428.5655119–11 Avenue North
Fernie1.250.423.4204302C–2 Avenue
Golden1.250.344.5413421–9 Avenue, Suite 205
Invermere1.250.341.6889503–7 Avenue
Nakusp1.250.265.3318205–6 Avenue NW
Nelson1.250.352.6200203–514 Vernon Street
Revelstoke1.250.814.0244117 Campbell Avenue
Trail1.250.512.30011499 Bay Avenue
Valemount1.250.566.91071201–5 Avenue
ʔaq̓am1.250.489.24647468 Mission Road