ITA Shipyard Labourer Occupational Certificate

The Industry Training Authority of British Columbia now has a non-apprenticeship credential for the Shipyard Labourer occupation. This credential is known as an Occupational Certificate for Shipyard Labourer.  The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC)/Camosun Coastal Centre (CCC), is accredited by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to conduct assessments of Shipyard Labourers who wish to obtain the credential.  Assessments can be carried out at the CCC facility in Victoria or anywhere in BC where there is sufficient demand.

Shipyard Labourers provide a variety of services in the shipbuilding and repair industry, including but not limited to, cleaning the yard, material delivery, setting up for specified work on a vessel, preparing vessel surfaces, performing fire watch and hole watch duties, assisting in docking and undocking vessels and assisting other shipyard workers and trades as required.  The Challenge Pathway for Shipyard Labourer provides skilled workers with an alternative to the traditional route to certification. In addition to submitting an application, the pathway involves an ITA-registered assessor assessing the performance of the Challenger who must meet the Occupational Performance Standards set by industry. The Challenger receives an Occupational Certificate after demonstrating sufficient evidence of competency against these standards.

To view the Program Profile please click here.

The Value of Certification

The ITA Occupational Certificate streamlines the attraction, hiring, and retention of experienced workers. It provides a foundation for the development of training packages to address skills gaps, and improves workers’ mobility and career advancement within the shipbuilding and repair  sector.

How the Assessment Process Works

The assessment process for a Shipyard Labourer includes four components:
- Evaluation of challenger portfolio (resume, copies of certificates, on-the-job and classroom training records, photos of work, reference letters, other)
- A short multiple choice and short answer written test.
- A technical conversation between the challenger and an ITA certified assessor.
- A practical assessment by on the job demonstrations and observations at IMTARC.

How to Qualify

To qualify to challenge the ITA Occupational Certificate for Shipyard Labourer the challenger must meet the following requirements:
1. Have a minimum of 4000 hours of hands-on experience as a shipyard labourer or equivalent experience. (Time spent on a training course is not counted as ‘hands-on’ work experience.)
2. Have a current WHMIS certificate. or have record of the WHMIS certification with the employer.


$120 Application Fee paid directly to the ITA
$400 Assessment Fee payable to CCC following approval of your application


To complete the Application form please click here Once complete you can drop it off at CCC or mail it to: The Industry Training Authority (ITA), 8th Floor - 8100 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC, V6Y 3T6

If you need any assitance completing your application please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Traore at or 778-265-5005.