Post Secondary Programs

A Level 1 Plumbing Apprenticeship student hard at work!

Post Secondary Programs are available at New Westminster Secondary School, 835 Eighth Street, New Westminster BC V3M 3S9. 

A wide variety of opportunities currently exist for students to take post-secondary courses while still attending high school. These programs provide students with credits in a post secondary trades or training program and credits towards their high school graduation diploma. Current opportunities:

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS: ACE-IT (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Trades)

Since 2007, School District No. 40 (New Westminster) has provided students at New Westminster Secondary School with apprenticeship opportunities through ACE-IT. These programs are offered both at New Westminster Secondary School, and at our partner Post Secondary Institutions. All students enrolled in District ACE-IT programs are required to also take the Secondary School Apprenticeship course.

The following apprenticeship programs are currently available:

Level 1 Plumbing in partnership with The Plumbing Industry Apprenticeship Board (PIAB)

This program is available to students in grades 11 and 12 and is offered for one full semester each school year. Students receive their training at New Westminster Secondary School and at PIAB's school on Annacis Island. Upon successful completion students receive Level I Red Seal Plumbing certification and 16 credits towards high school graduation. Students can also qualify to receive additional training (Levels 2 - 4) at PIAB at no cost.

Plumbing Program Information Session on Monday, May 3, 2010 at New Westminster Secondary School at 6:00 pm

Hairdressing in partnership with RSH International College of Cosmetology

This program is available to students in grades 11 and 12 and is taught over two years; one semester in grade 11 and one semester in grade 12. Students receive their training at RSH International College of Cosmetology in New Westminster. Upon successful completion, students receive 48 credits towards high school graduation and their International Professional Pivot Point Hairdressing Certification. This certification allows students to pursue a career in hairdressing anywhere in the world.

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Through an arrangement with BCIT, the District is able to purchase seats in a wide variety of their apprenticeship programs.  All programs are taught at the Burnaby campus of BCIT and last anywhere from 20-30 weeks.  Students receive Level 1 certification along with credits towards high school graduation.  The following opportunities are currently available to students:

  • Inboard-Outboard Marine Technician
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Automotive Refinishing Technician
  • Sheet Metal Working
  • Steel Fabrication
  • Millwright
  • Commercial Transport Mechanic

For more information please view the ACE-IT BCIT Program Brochure 

NEW for 2010/2011: The District is currently exploring a partnership opportunity with BCIT to jointly offer an ACE-IT Carpentry Program. For more details please contact  Ms. Crosby at 604-517-6245 or at

The District Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, who overseas the development and operation of District ACE-IT Programs, is also currently exploring other apprenticeship opportunities. Information will be posted when it is available.


BCIT Digital Arts

The BCIT Digital Arts Program is 1 to 2 years in duration and often leads to a career as an animator or digital artist. Graduating NWSS students with marks of 60% or more in Photography and Photoshop 11 or 12 who also meet BCIT entrance requirements can gain provisional acceptance into the BCIT Digital Arts Program. 

Douglas College Animal Health Technology

The Douglas College Animal Health Technology Program is 2 years in duration at the David Lam Campus, and often leads to a career as a Veterinarian Assistant. Graduating NWSS students who meet the college's requirements will be guaranteed an interview for admission to the Animal Health Technology Program.   

 Douglas College Dental Assisting Program

The Douglas College Dental Assisting Program is a 10 month program at the New Westminster Campus and often leads to a career helping dentists and patients. NWSS has an agreement in place whereby each year 1 or 2 graduating students are guaranteed acceptance into the program once they have met the college's requirements.

The Career Programs Brochure provides an overview of the opportunities that currently exist. For more information please contact Karen Crosby at 604.517.6245 or