What it costs and how long it takes

Doing an apprenticeship is a lot cheaper than other forms of study, because you earn a wage while learning on site. The cost of your apprenticeship depends on your choice of trade. Check out our trade options for a specific cost breakdown for your preferred trade qualification.

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How much are the fees?

Most BCITO trade qualifications cost $2000-4000. This includes the start-up fee and an annual fee for every year you're in training.

If you are required to attend off-job training, these fees are invoiced separately from the fees stated above. You'll receive a prompt-payment discount of $100 each year if you pay your fees before your due date.

What the fees cover

The fees cover:

  • Your workbooks and BCITO learning resources

  • Your BCITO training advisor's time, which includes:

    • mentoring

    • assessments

    • site visits (four per year)

    • progress reporting


When do I need to pay?

Fees are charged annually from the date you sign up but you need to pay a minimum deposit when you sign your training agreement. This amount will depend on the trade option you choose. After you've made the deposit, the balance can be paid in full or by direct debit. All BCITO fees must be paid by their due date or your training agreement will be cancelled. You could also be referred to a credit agency for collection. BCITO reserves the right to cancel a training agreement or defer the completion until fees are paid in full.

We'll refund your deposit if you discontinue training within the first 30 days of signing your training agreement – less a 20% administration fee.

Who pays what

It's important to discuss payment of your BCITO fees with your employer before you begin your apprenticeship. Some employers will pay a portion of the fees upfront and have their apprentices pay them back. Others will expect you to pay the fees yourself.

How long will an apprenticeship take?

The length of your apprenticeship depends on the range of skills you can learn with your employer, and how quickly you master them. The average length of time is 3-4 years. It is common to change employers to gain the necessary skills to complete your apprenticeship.