Fees and payment

How much your apprenticeship will cost depends on your choice of trade. Doing an apprenticeship is considerably cheaper than other forms of study, especially since you'll also earn a wage while learning on site.

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How much are the fees?

Most BCITO trade qualifications cost $2000-4000 in total. This is made up of a start-up fee, and an additional fee for every year you're in training.

If you are required to attend off-job training, these fees are invoiced separately and are not included in the fees stated above.

You'll receive a prompt-payment discount of $100 each year if you pay before your due date. Check out our trade options for a specific cost breakdown for your preferred trade qualification.

What the fees cover

The fees cover:

  • Your BCITO training advisor's time, which includes mentoring, managing your assessment, doing site visits (four per year) and reporting on your progress.
  • Your workbooks and BCITO learning resources – these are yours to keep. These are developed for your industry by BCITO’s Standards Leadership Team.

When do I need to pay?

You need to provide a minimum deposit when you sign your training agreement. This amount will depend on the trade option you choose. For example - for Carpentry the minimum deposit is $500.  Fees are charged annually from the date you sign up. All BCITO fees must be paid by the due date – otherwise your training agreement could be cancelled, or you could be referred to a credit agency for collection. After you've made the initial deposit, the balance of fees can be paid in full or by direct debit.

Who pays what

It's important to discuss payment of your BCITO fees with your employer before you begin your apprenticeship. Some employers pay some of the fees upfront and their apprentices pay them back; others will expect you to pay the fees yourself. This is entirely dependent on your situation.

Conditions of payment

  • We'll refund your payment if you discontinue training within the first 30 days of signing your training agreement – less a 20% administration fee.
  • BCITO reserves the right to cancel a training agreement or defer the completion until fees are paid in full.