Previous Training

ABORIGINAL MINING PREPARATION PROGRAM - January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018

GDC has partnered up with Gitksan Wet'suwet'en Education Society (GWES) to offer this 12 week program that provides students with hands-on training and experience. Students will receive 13 tickets and the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be able to integrate into mining employment.


ABORIGINAL TOURISM - February 12, 2018 (6 weeks)

Introduction to Aboriginal Cultural Tourism (2 days), Aboriginal Tourism Marketing (4 days), Cultural Tourism Product Development (4 days), Introduction to Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Career Opportunities (1 day), Front Line Service Training (1 day), Cultural Interpretation Training (10 days), World Host Training (2.5 days), Remarkable You (1/2 day), Enhancing the Customer Experience: Front Line Training (1/2 day), Serving It Right (1 day), FoodSafe Level 1 (1 day), First Host Training (1 day).


ATV/UTV OPERATOR - September 22

The ATV/UTV operator training will enhance your understanding and techniques of ATV/UTV operation and safe riding to avoid hazards.


BASIC SECURITY TRAINING - December 11-16, 2017 & January 22-27, 2018

Mandatory BST training is 40 hours in length, and focuses on the following content: Professionalism & Ethics, Legal Studies, Report Writing, and Personal Safety.


CLASS 1 DRIVERS TRAINING - March 2017 (in Progress)

This program prepares students to become Class 1 drivers in the trucking industry. Training will include 22 hours of airbrakes endorsement, 20 hours of hands-on training in regular maintenance, safety procedures and pre-trip inspection on the truck and tractor. It also includes 56 hours of behind the wheel driver training.

Requirements: 19 years or older, hold a Class 5 or 6 BC Drivers License, no driving-related criminal convictions in the last 3 years, no outstanding fines/debts to ICBC.



CLASS 3 DRIVERS TRAINING - April 2017 (in Progress)

This program prepares students to become Class 3 drivers in the trucking industry. Training will include 22 hours of airbrakes endorsement, 13 hours of hands-on training in regular maintenance, safety procedures and pre-trip inspection on the truck and tractor. It also includes 35 hours of behind the wheel driver training.

Requirements: 18 years or older, hold a Class 5 or 6 BC Drivers License, no driving-related criminal convictions in the last 3 years, no outstanding fines/debts to ICBC.


CLASS 4 LEARNER'S PREPARATION - February 24 & 25, 2018

Students will spend two days in a learner’s licence preparation class. Successfully passing the learner’s licence test will move you onto road test practice and exam. There will be 4 days of 1.5 hours of individual instruction, plus road test booking, vehicle and
support. 4 participants will be trained per week.



The CSO assists in planning, organizing, and implementing various health and safety initiatives to support the organizational health and safety program, while performing various labour tasks that improve site safety. This is a two week course.


CRES 1101: Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution: Workplace (Hazelton Office) - June 5-7, 2018

Dealing effectively with workplace conflicts is a key competency for success in any job. This foundation course offers you effective and practical tools for resolving conflicts collaboratively in the workplace. Through examination of the sources of conflict attitudes and beliefs, conflict styles, and the role of assumptions and emotions, you will gain an overview of conflict dynamics and collaboration strategies. This highly participatory course emphasizes self-awareness and understand through structured exercises and simulations.



The Down Line Helicopter Rescue Technician 3 day course prepares students to be proficient rescuers using both Class D techniques of Hoist and HETS helicopter rescue. The twin-engine BK117B2 aircraft systems are Transport Canada approved, as are the procedures and equipment. The course ends with the students achieving the level of competence required to participate on a Class D rescue team. 


Emergency Medical Responder - November 14 to December 17, 2017 (3 weeks)

First step to becoming a paramedic in  partnership with BC Ambulance Service. The EMR course is a prerequisite for the Paramedic Academy's Primary Care Paramedic program. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) attendants must be physically and psychologically fit to function in the classroom and in the profession. The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level of practice opens a broad range of employment opportunities in health care and the essential services.


ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING CERTIFICATE (3 weeks) - September 4 to October 17

The EMC provides students with a basic understanding of theory and practical components of baseline and construction phase of environmental monitoring.


ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICIAN PROGRAM - February 13, 2018 - MAY 18, 2018 (6 weeks)

The Environmental Technician Program (ETP) is a comprehensive training program that allows students to earn the credentials they need to pursue a career as an Environmental Technician.

Upon completion, students will:

•Earn 4 industry-recognized certificates

•Receive 6 university credits towards future educational pursuits

•Network with employers seeking qualified Environmental Technicians

•And, have the chance to participate in their local economy on their traditional territories

For more information: Environmental Technician Program overview



The Faller Certification training is an intensive 30 day training that require very highly motivated participants. It involves 180 days of supervised work experience where a minimum of 20 Faller Trainee Weekly Training Plan and Progress Reports must be completed and submitted.
Supervisor sign off and recommendation for certification


FISH HABITAT ASSESSMENT - LEVEL ONE - October 2 to 4 - Location: Terrace, BC

The Fish Habitat Assessment (FHA) - Level One course is an intensive, "hands-on", field-based three-day review of standard North American fish and fish habitat assessment and evaluation methods. In this course, participants will learn first-hand how to conduct measurements, assessments and evaluations of stream morphology, fish habitat features, substrate, pebble counts, stream impacts, and habitat limiting factors. 

Learn more about this course here and Register here.


LEAD 1101 & 1102 - February 26 to March 2, 2018

These two courses are a follow up to LEAD 1100 and will be delivered over 5 days.
Prerequisite: You must have already completed LEAD 1100.


LEAD 1102 - March 26-28, 2018

LEAD 1102: Leading with Influence in Organizations is a follow up to LEAD 1100 and will be delivered over 3 days.
Prerequisite: You must have already completed LEAD 1100.


LEADERSHIP TRAINING - 3 DAY MODULE - October 25-27 & November 1-3

These 3 day modules will allow students to: Identify your personal leadership strengths, values and ways of working, Develop a clear personal vision and goals, Gain a clearer understanding of how your reactions, feelings, thoughts, judgments and beliefs impact you and those around you, Apply skills for managing and developing yourself.



This course is an introduction to Occupational Health and Safety. The learning objectives cover the fundamental elements of health and safety management systems, hazard recognition, assessment and control. It covers safety legislation and the requirements of a safety program: inspections, accident investigations, worker participation, training and effective communications.


PROFESSIONAL COOK - LEVEL 1 - September 5, 2017 to March 30, 2018

This 28 week program delivers the complete theoretical and practical outcomes of the ITA approved course Foundations Program. Basic cooking and baking methods, food prep, knife skills, how to follow recipes. 



This 16 week program will immerse the students in a real life Cooking environment. The students will be able to log hours towards their Trades hours requirements. Students have to have acquired a designated amount of hours and must be registered as an apprentice and submit a Trades Worker Identification (TWD) # upon registration.


RECERTIFICATION & UPGRADING - Ongoing (Courses must be completed by March 30, 2018)

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.

S-100: March 27 & 28, 2018 & S-185: March 29, 2018

This S-100 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety training is delivered over 2 full days: one day in the classroom (theory) and one day in the field (practical exercise). S-185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance is a half a day course. S-100 & S-185 both need to be taken before you can be deployed to fight fires.


Start Date: May 9 & 10
Location: Gitxsan Chiefs Office


The BC Forest Service Wildfire Management Branch recognizes Basic Fire Suppression and Safety (S-100) training only when delivered by a BCFS-endorsed instructor, and only when the S-100 curriculum is delivered in the approved format.  Worksafe BC requires anyone who actions a forest fire to be S100 certified. BC Ministry of Forest requires an occupant, especially within 1 ½ km of a fire, to report and action a fire. Companies coming to and /or operating in BC must show due diligence and responsible protection for members of their crews by ensuring that members are S100 certified.

Length of Course: 2 Full days (one day in the classroom (theory), and second day in the field (practical exercise)

Course Outcome:

  • Upon successful completion of the course, the candidate will demonstrate a basic knowledge of wildland fire suppression organization structure, wildfire behavior, plus suppression and safety procedures. Practical skills with equipment used in BC to effectively and safely respond to wildfires are a mandatory component for initial ticket holders. Successful candidates will receive the S-100 Fire Suppression certificate.
  • The S-100 is approximately a two day course the first time you take it. This course must be refreshed annually. 
  • Upon completion of the S-185 course, the participant will be able to size up and evaluate potential fire entrapment situations and how to act accordingly to remove himself or herself safely from a potentially risky situation, deploy the necessary resources using safe and efficient strategies and tactics to prevent loss of life.


The TEK certificate will assist participants in understanding and demonstrate how to collect traditional knowledge and how to present the information through maps and reporting.


TRAFFIC CONTROL FLAGGING - May 27 & 28th, 2018 (Gitwangak Education Society)

This is a 2 day course covering:  Roles and Responsibilities of TCP's; Complying with Reg’s and Standards; Hazard Identification; Personal Protective Equipment; Traffic Control Devices; Setting up, Maintaining and Removing Work Zones; Working Safely Around Equipment; Building on Basic Traffic Control Skills. Contact Lesley Morgan or Deborah Bright at 250-849-5330 to apply. 


UTV Training - June 1, 2018 (South Hazelton Mill Site)

This program will also create an understanding of the statutory requirements of the Federal & Provincial regulations. This safety program is designed to protect the health and safety of workers at the job site.


Start Date: May 13-17, 2019
Location: TBD


  • S100: Basic Fire Suppression and Safety
  • S185: Fire Entrapment Avoidance & Safety
  • S212: Communications
  • S213: Use of Bulldozers
  • S230: Single Resource Leader
  • S235: Ignition Operations
  • S241: Fire Assessment

We need a minimum of 8 people committed with complete application packages submitted by April 18, 2019 to run this training so apply today!