COVID-19 Updates: FULL DETAILS

Trades

Continuing Education Programming

  • Air Brake Endorsement

    Semi Truck travelling

    Classes 2-7 drivers are able to take this course and add a "Q" endorsement to their license (Class 1 drivers have air brakes specific testing). After successful completion of the practical and written exams at the conclusion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for the "Q" endorsement through a Registry agent.

    Dates: 

    • October 31, 2020 | Testing November 3 & 5, 2020 
    • February 27, 2021 | Testing March 2 & 4, 2021  

    Costs: $249 + GST

  • Apprenticeship & Industry Training (AIT) Entrance Exam Preparation

    Professor teaches a group of trade students

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    These online, self-directed courses are interactive with innovative learning strategies. The courses are developed to help you learn the competencies required to be successful in passing the Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training Entrance Exam. These courses are able to be customized by the learner! 

    Dates: 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

    Delivery: Online

  • Beyond Beginner Blacksmithing

    Blacksmithing

    What can you expect from this course?

    Beyond Beginner- This two-day format that builds on the skills learned in the fundamental forging courses. The following weekend projects will help you get your own tools made for you to build your toolbox. These courses include discussion of techniques, demonstrations and lot of practice in front of the forge. You will go home with the tools that you made.

  • Canada's Ozone Layer Protection Awareness Program

    scrap yard

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    Based on Environment Canada's "Code of Practice for Reducing CFC Emissions in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems," this one day course addresses environmentally-correct equipment design, proper handling of CFC/HCFC/HFC's, and will prepare participants for complying with provincial regulations. This course is suitable for residential, commercial, industrial, domestic, automotive and mobile applications. Participants must achieve 75% to receive certification.

    Program Dates:

    • November 19, 2020
    • February 4, 2021
    • March 25, 2021

    Costs:  $249 + GST

  • Case New Holland Technician

    Student works inside a Case New Holland Quadtrac

    What can you expect from our program/course?

    Olds College and Case New Holland Limited have teamed up to offer this unique program as a professional development stream for Case New Holland Technicians to become certified. The program is structured over four years with ten weeks of training at Olds College each year.

    Applicants must be employed by a sponsoring Case New Holland dealer and be indentured as an agricultural equipment technician apprentice or a heavy equipment technician apprentice, or already have Journeyman status in either trade. You may only apply with employer permission. The program supplements apprenticeship training with specialty training on Case New Holland equipment. Case New Holland employed Journeymen may take the specialty training as a standalone program.

  • CWB Weld Testing

    Welder working

    Olds College is an authorized test centre for the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB). Welders who are not employed by a company certified to CSA W47.1 and are not a member of a union providing testing facilities, are eligible for testing.

    Dates: Every Monday, September - June

    Length of Program: Times vary depending on testing required

    Delivery Method: Olds Campus

  • Fundamental Forging

    Blacksmith works on horseshoe

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    Learn basic blacksmith skills in a hands-on course. The course includes an overview of safety, tools, and forge management. You will go home with at least one finished project. This is a great opportunity for you to be creative and learn a heritage skill.

    Fundamental Forging Dates: 

    • Level 1 FUNdamental Forging - Key Holder: October 17, 2020
    • Level 1 FUNdamental Forging - Shepherd's Hook: February 20, 2021
    • Level 2: FUNdamental Forging - Basic Tool Making: November 21, 2020

    Costs: $199 + GST

  • Introduction to Welding

    Olds College welder working

    This program is for beginners and for welders who would like more hands on practice. This course will cover the theory, techniques and shop practice of oxyacetylene welding of mild steel brazing, flame cutting, arc welding and MIG welding.

    Program Dates: September 21 - October 26, 2020 

    • (Weekly Mon, Wed from 6pm-9pm)

    Length of Program: 30 hours

    Costs: $499 + GST (Manual included)

  • John Deere Technician

    Students assess the inside of a John Deere

    What can you expect from our program/course?

    Olds College and John Deere Limited have teamed up to offer this unique program as a professional development stream for John Deere Technicians to become certified. The program is structured over four years with ten weeks of training at Olds College each year.

    You will benefit from studying in a facility specifically built and equipped with 1.5 million dollars of equipment to professionally develop John Deere technicians. John Deere supplies their most updated product line equipment such as combines, four-wheel tractors, balers, mower conditioners, forage harvesters, air seeders and sprayers.

  • Powder Coating

    Powder Coating

    What Will You Learn?

    In this training session, you will discover the benefits and costs of powder selection, the safety hazards and controls, surface prep and substrates, hanging systems, booth design, powder application, ovens and curing, and quality control and testing. Learn all of the tips and tricks of this trade from our industry experts.

    This course offers two training options:

    • Online Learning
    • Blended (Online/Face to Face)

  • Small Engines

    Group of students working over a engine repair

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    Learn theory and techniques to diagnose and repair small engines such as motorcycles, lawnmowers, garden tractors, snowmobiles, and other small engines.

    Dates:

    • Tune up and Regular Maintenance: September 21 - October 14, 2020
    • Overhaul Procedures: October 26 - November 18, 2020
      • (Weekly Mon, Wed from 6pm - 9pm)
      • Register
    Cost: $399+gst Length of Program: 21 hours
  • Stump Treatment Pesticide Certificate Tutorial

    Tree stump inspection

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    The Stump Treatment Pesticide Certificate is required for individuals applying herbicides to stumps and is available only to those with a Utility Tree worker or Utility Tree Trimmer Certificate.

    Program Dates: 

    • November 18, 2020, Exam to follow
    • 6pm - 9pm (tutorial - 2 hours & exam - 1.5 hours)  

    Costs: $200+GST

  • Utility Tree Worker & Utility Tree Trimmer Recertification

    Students learn about the equipment for utility workers

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    Utility Tree Worker and Utility Tree Trimmer certifications are valid for 5-years and expire on June 30 of the 5-year anniversary of registration. Register in this course if your Professional Vegetation Management Association (formerly Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta - IVMAA) certificate expires in 2020.

    Program Dates:

    • Intake #1: Tuesday November 17 - Wednesday November 18, 2020
    • Intake #2: Thursday November 19 - Friday November 20, 2020

    Costs: Tuition $440 (subject to change). See www.pvma.ca for the Professional Vegetation Management Association application fee for certification.

  • Utility Tree Worker Safety Training

    Utility tree worker standing in a tree

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    This course was created and is maintained by the Professional Vegetation Managers Association in association with Olds College, the Electrical Safety Technical Service Division of Alberta Labour, and major utilities and their contractors in Alberta.

    Program Dates:

    • INTAKE 1: April 20- May 1, 2020 -  Course cancelled, stay tuned for future dates.
    • INTAKE 2: April 27- May 8, 2020 -  Course cancelled, stay tuned for future dates.

    Costs: $2625 (price is subject to change). Books are included in tuition cost.