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Ontario College Certificate | 
2 semesters | Barrydowne

Want a career in a skilled trade or the engineering technology field but don't know which profession to pursue? Or are you missing an admission requirement or need to improve your grades for pre-requisite courses to gain admission into a full-time program? Cambrian's Pre-Trades/Technology program is a great first step to explore career options and to improve your math, English and science skills.

In this program, you'll learn the basic fundamentals of work safety, measuring instruments, and hand/power tools. Class projects, such as small engine repair, combined with practical courses in technology, math, English, and computers provide a strong foundation to pursue subsequent postsecondary programs.

A partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association allows you to take industry certificate courses during the program, which are an asset to becoming a safe, skilled employee in your future career.

Program Highlights

  • Receive IHSA Certification training to start becoming workforce ready
  • 1 year – Prepare for subsequent Cambrian programs in the trades/technologies
  • Combination of theory and hands-on work in labs and trades shops
  • Opportunity to develop a personalized career path while increasing technical skills that will improve success in subsequent programs

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How to Apply

Skills and Trades Training

Engineering Technology

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1182 Reading Skills: Trades/Technology 3
MTH 1172 Mathematics for Trades & Tech. I 4
PRT 1000 Applied Technology I 1 4
PRT 1009 Exploring Careers in Trades 1 4
PRT 1115 Computers in Pre-Trades & Tech I 3
SCI 1003 Applied Science 1 2
Semester 2
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MTH 1272 Mathematics for Trades & Tech. II 4
ELN 1221 Introductory Electronics 2
PRT 1001 Applied Technology II 4
PRT 1002 Computers for Technology 3
PRT 1003 Physics for Trades and Tech 3
One General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits42


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,200. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Furthering Your Studies

Successful graduates are eligible to apply to a number of programs offered through Cambrian College's School of Skills Training and the Schools of Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies. The Pre-Trades/Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College Trades and Technology programs.

Successful completion of the Pre-Trades/Technology program also provides students who have obtained their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, but lack key English and math prerequisites, to be eligible to apply to other Cambrian College programs that have these requirements.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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