Engage, empower, and equip people to prosper. 

With GDC’s training program, every trainee will have the potential to obtain skills and an understanding of their desired field, ultimately opening doors to the world’s work force.

With GDC’s training program, every trainee will have the potential to obtain skills and an understanding of their desired field, ultimately opening doors to the world’s work force.

Upcoming Training 2018/2019

Please click on the training title to see prerequisites and more detailed descriptions of the training.

RECERTIFICATION & UPGRADING - Ongoing (Courses must be completed by June 30, 2019)

For those participants who are work ready, this program will support recertification or upgrading their skills. Students will apply for funding with a letter from an institution describing the program, as well as, submit a write-up on how training will assist them in their chosen profession.

ABORIGINAL BEST PROGRAM - September 2018 (2 week duration) - 12 participants - CANCELLED

Aboriginal BEST is a training series that helps to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of people, communities and organizations. Participants meet guest speakers, identify viable business ideas, determine their feasibility and take steps to start or grow their own businesses. Learn to conduct market research, write business plans and explore financing options on your journey to self-employment success. BEST benefits people in all stage of business development who want to turn their dreams into reality.

BASIC SECURITY TRAINING - October 2018 (1 week duration)

Security Professionals working in the province of British Columbia are required to complete mandatory training which is 40 hours in length, prior to being eligible for provincial licensing.  You must be 19 years of age before you can apply for your Security Worker License. BST training focuses on the following content: Professionalism & Ethics, Legal Studies, Report Writing and Personal Safety.


Pilot cars serve to warn traffic of the presence of an oversize load being moved by truck on highways, freeways and other roads, and sometimes to create a traffic break to allow large loads to maneuver. Regulations for pilot cars vary by province and not all provinces require that pilot car drivers be certified. Still, it’s important for pilot car drivers to have enough
training to be familiar with the laws in effect where they drive..

BIOMASS: FUEL SUPPLY & FIBRE MANAGEMENT - Fall 2018 (3 week duration)

Focused on Fuel Supply & Fibre Management for bio-heat facilities and boilers. Topics include: Fibre identification, Sustainability of fibre supply, Processing fibre, Conversion of fibre to fuel, Specifications of fuel, Classification of fuel & Greenhouse gas carbon cycle.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER (EMR) - TBD (3 week duration) - 15 participants

This course focuses on the skills needed to respond to trauma and medical emergencies. Training also includes the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology. The Emergency Medical Responder course is a prerequisite course for the Primary Care Paramedic Program. 100% attendance is required to pass this program.

TOURISM MANAGEMENT - January 7, 2019 (4 week duration) - 12 participants

This program is being offered in partnership with Vancouver Island University. Topics include: TOUR 212: Tourism Marketing, TOUR 101: Tourism Marketing, TOUR 207: Heritage Interpretation in Tourism & TOUR 252: Adventure Tourism.

MILLWRIGHT FOUNDATIONS - January to June 2019 (24 week duration) - 2 participants

This program is being offered by Coast Mountain College at their Prince Rupert Campus. Millwrights install, repair, overhaul and maintain machinery and heavy mechanical equipment, such as conveyor systems in diverse settings including repair shops, plants, construction sites, mines, logging operations, ski hills and most production and manufacturing facilities. Millwright is designated as Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Millwrights also perform routine maintenance activities, such as cleaning and lubricating equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and investigating breakdowns. This program is 24 weeks in length and follows the ITA program outline:

INTRODUCTION TO FORESTRY - February 4, 2019 - 12 participants

Forestry diploma is accredited with the Association of BC Forest Professionals and provides the academic requirements for certification as a Registered Forest Technologist. Graduates of this program have many options for furthering their education (e.g. transfer to UBC and obtain a B.S.F. or continue at VIU and obtain a Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection, a B.A. – Geography (Resource Management), or an Advanced diploma in GIS). Topics include: FRST 111: Forest Surveying, FRST 112: Forest Inventory & FRST 162: Fire Management.


ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP - Feburary 4, 2019 (FRST 246 - recommended), March 25, 2019 - 12 participants

This program is being offered in partnership with Vancouver Island University. Certificates received: Environmental Technician Certificate, Archaeology & CMT inventory (RISC) Certification & Electrofishing Certification. Topics include: FRST 256: Introduction to Forest Resource Management, RMOT 156: Compliance Communication and Resource Management (Part 1), NREN 024: ETCP 1 - Essential Field Skills, ABOR 055: Cultural Awareness, ABOR 053: Archaeology and Culturally Modified Tree Inventory, NREN 023: ETCP 2 - Land Monitoring Skills, RMOT 151: Small Motors Servicing and Electrical Systems, RMOT 165: Compliance Communication and Resource Monitoring (Part 2).

LEADERSHIP TRAINING - TBD 2019 (3 day duration) - 12 participants

For those who are missing LEAD 1101: Leading Through Relationships or CRES 1180: Mediation Skills Level 1 to obtain your Associate Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

How to apply:

In order to determine interest and dedication, interviews will be held with those that submit their resume by the deadline.

Your enrolment package is complete only after we have received everything below:

Note: Your cover letter, resume and copy of your status card are to be sent to:
Only after they are received and the online enrolment form is filled out will your application be considered complete.