Do I need Canadian credentials to work in the trades in BC?

Canadian credentials or certification may be necessary to legally work in certain trades, though this depends on the specific occupation and requirements set by SkilledTradesBC or employers. However, there are also pathways available that recognize skills and credentials acquired outside Canada. SkilledTradesBC offers the Trades Certification program for various trades based on an individual's skills, knowledge, and work experience, regardless of whether they obtained their training in Canada or abroad. Immigrants with relevant trade experience can apply for trades certification through SkilledTradesBC’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process, which assesses their qualifications and determines if they meet the standards for certification in BC.