Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Continuing Studies: Trades and Technology

Call 250.392.8010 for more information

Thompson Rivers University's Continuing Studies Department has many trades courses for both the public and contract offerings. From Class 1 Driver Training to Welding to Small Engine Repair, we offer a variety of trades related courses that are designed for the job seeker or for general interest purposes.

If you have an interest in a particular trades area, but do not see it currently offered, please contact our Continuing Studies Team Lead, Melissa Fournier at 392-8045 or email Melissa at mfournier@tru.ca

Air Brake Certification
Air Brake Certification-Theory Only
Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program
Programmable Logic Controllers Level 1
Small Engine Repairs for Beginners
Welding - Arc Level 1

Air Brake Certification • XDRV 0610

This 20-hour in-class air brake theory and practical certification course is ideal for individuals looking to obtain an air endorsement on their license. This course is designed to prepare students for examination by the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC). Instruction will include ICBC approved curriculum as well as intermittent hands on learning opportunities. Once the theory portion has been completed, successful candidates will be instructed through an air brake practical test and pre-trip assessment. Please bring steel-toed boots and your driver’s license to class.

Fee: $285

Dates: 
January 18 - 20, 2019
February 22 - 24, 2019
March 29 - 31, 2019
May 24 - 26, 2019
June 21 - 23, 2019

Friday: 6 - 10 pm; Saturday: 8 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 8 am - 9 pm (class is divided into 2 groups, one does practical from 1 - 5 pm, the other does their practical from 5:30 - 9:30 pm)

Call 250.392.8010 for more information or

Register Online for Continuing Studies Courses


Air Brake Certification Theory Only • XDRV 0580

This 16-hour in-class air brake theory certification course is ideal for individuals looking to pursue further training with Class 1/3 Driver Training and require air brakes as a starting point. This course is designed to prepare students for examination by the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC). Instruction will include ICBC approved curriculum as well as intermittent hands-on learning opportunities. Once the theory portion has been completed, successful candidates are encouraged to follow up with ICBC to write their air brake test and pre-trip assessment with their specific class of driver training. Please bring steel-toed boots and your driver’s license to class. If you would like the option for a pre-trip air brake inspection following the theory portion, please sign up for the full air brake course.

Note: Please wear Steel-toed boots to class as you will be in the mechanics shop for a portion of the course.

Fee: $210

Dates: (choose only one)
January 18 - 20, 2019
February 22 - 24, 2019
March 29 - 31, 2019
May 24 - 26, 2019
June 21 - 23, 2019

Call 250.392.8010 for more information or

Register Online for Continuing Studies Courses


Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program • XDRV 0630

The Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP) offers the mandatory theoretical and in-shop training needed to become a government recognized commercial vehicle inspector. Students must hold a provincial TQ or Red Seal technician designation in automotive, heavy duty or commercial transport or commercial trailer. The course is also open to fourth-year apprentices who will receive the inspector’s designation once they become certified mechanics. Students will prepare for and write the provincial exam during the course. CSA approved safety glasses and footwear is required during the practical portion of the course.

If you are interested in upcoming course information please call 250-392-8010 or email wlcontinuingstudies@tru.ca.


Programmable Logic Controllers Level 1 • XELC 0670

This course is designed to introduce electricians, as well as those who are familiar with conventional motor control theory, to the basic operating principles and various field applications of programmable logic controllers. The course will be based on Allen Bradley systems but will also include discussion on GE and Modicon brands. PLC software training will include a hands-on project to operate a lumber J-bar sorter. Programming instructions will include timers and counters, as well as several more advanced instructions.

If you are interested in upcoming course information please call 250-392-8010 or email wlcontinuingstudieswl@tru.ca.


Small Engine Repair • XMEC 0600

This course is for individuals wishing to increase their knowledge of 2-stroke and 4-stroke small gasoline engines.  Practical tips and procedures for tune-ups and troubleshooting and ignition and carburetion theory will be reviewed.  This will be a practical course so students will need to bring a small engine (lawn mower, chainsaw, etc.) item to class. This course is great for hobbyists or those that just want to understand why their small engine is not working.

If you are interested in upcoming course information please call 250-392-8010 or email wlcontinuingstudieswl@tru.ca.


Welding Arc • Level 1 XWLD 0500

Gain skills in the arc welding trade. You will be provided with shielded metal arc welding instruction. Several different types of electrodes will be used in a variety of welding positions. An emphasis will be placed on safe equipment operation and techniques in cutting and fitting of joints. There will be opportunities to work on small projects or to perform limited repair on personal items. Students must bring their own welding helmets and gloves.

If you are interested in upcoming course information please call 250-392-8010 or email wlcontinuingstudieswl@tru.ca.