The SD38 Career Programs partners with several post-secondary colleges and universities to offer a variety of dual-credit ACE IT* (technical training) trade programs.  Students can apply to participate in an ACE IT program while still in high school (typically in grade 12, except for Hair Design which starts in grade 11).  ACE IT is a Youth Apprenticeship program supported by the Industry Training Authority (ITA),  the governing body of all apprentices in BC.  Students who are accepted into an ACE IT program can earn high school credit, post-secondary credit and technical training credit.  By the time students complete a Level 1 or Foundation ACE IT program, they have a head start on their career.

*ACE IT = Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training

Through a joint partnership between the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Richmond School District, students have the opportunity to take ACE IT foundation or Level 1 programs, choosing from a variety of trades.  They include:

  • Carpentry (Framing & Forming – Levels 1 and 2)
  • Construction Electrician (in a North Delta location)
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Motorcycle Technician

These are offered in second semester and vary in length/time commitment.  Students who qualify, earn both post-secondary and high school credits for the courses taken.

Together, the Finishing Trades Institute of BC (FTI) and the Richmond School District #38 offer a unique 6-week program, available to students in grades 11 or 12.  The Painting and Decorating (commercial) program takes place from mid-June to the end of July.  This valuable, hands-on foundation program teaches a variety of skills including:

  • Surface preparation
  • Airless spray
  • Industry tool use
  • Respirator training
  • Fall protection and much more

The FTI is located in North Surrey, near the Patullo Bridge.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades.  Richmond School District #38 works directly with the ITA to help manage Level 1 technical training credentialing and where applicable, register any work-based training hours for ACE IT and Secondary School Apprentice (SSA) candidates.  All SD38 ACE IT and SSA students receive a trade worker identification ID (TWID) number from the ITA.

Together, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU-Cloverdale Campus) and Richmond School District partner to offer students foundation and Level 1 ACE IT programs in the masonry, millwright and welding trades. These are offered full-time in second semester.  In addition, SD38 Auto Service Technician ACE IT students attend the KPU Cloverdale Campus for one month during their program.  All students who qualify, receive university course credit, as well as high school credit.


The UA Piping Industry College (PIC) is located on Annacis Island and has a fundamental focus on the piping trades.  The Richmond School District (#38) partners with the PIC for the ACE IT Plumbing program (Level 1 technical training).  Students in SD38 ACE IT Plumbing attend the PIC for a total of four weeks during their program.

Richmond School District (#38) has a partnership with Vancouver Community College (VCC) for a variety of ACE IT programs.  Students in Richmond attend VCC's Pender Street campus (downtown) for Baking & Pastry Arts (first semester) and for Professional Cook 1 (five weeks in summer).  Students in the Auto Collision Repair Technician or Auto Refinishing Prep Technician programs attend VCC's Broadway Campus full-time in second semester.  All students who qualify, receive college course credit, as well as high school credit.