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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:
site visits (four per year)
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.