Admission to Trades Foundation Programs

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Applications are accepted all year round for Trades Foundations programs. Domestic (Canadian/Permanent Resident) students can apply online at International students can request a paper application through Please note a non-refundable $40 application fee for domestic applicants, or $120 application fee for international applicants, is required in order to submit your application.

Check your Application Status

After submitting an application for admission to KPU, you will receive an email from us with your KPU account information. You can view your application checklist by logging into the Online Self-Service, selecting Student Menu > Admissions > View Your Application Status.

Be sure to review your application checklist carefully and complete it as soon as possible. If there are any documents or admission requirements outstanding on your application checklist, Admissions is unable to proceed with your application. Students cannot be added to the admission waitlist until their application checklist is complete.

Application Checklist
Application Checklist-Trades

Submit your Documents

Applicants to KPU's Trades Foundation programs must:

  1. satisfy an applicant category
  2. satisfy English and math requirements for the program

Applicants must submit high school transcripts and/or post-secondary transcripts to demonstrate meeting the admission requirements.  Upon review, you may be asked to complete Vocational Trades testing to meet the admission requirements. Note: some programs may also require an interview or reference letters.

Learn More About Submitting Transcripts.

Learn More About the Vocational Trades Reading and Math test.

Wait to Hear From Us

Once all items on your application checklist have been completed, KPU Admissions will begin evaluating your application. Applicants who are admissible to their desired program will be placed on the waitlist for the next available start date. Students will be added to the waitlist in order of the date in which their application checklist is complete. When a seat becomes available, you will receive an offer of admission letter which will outline your next steps, such as instructions for paying a confirmation deposit to accept the offer of admission. If your offer is conditional, the conditions to remain admissible will also be outlined in your letter.

Please be aware if you contact Admissions to decline your first offer, your seat will be given to the next waitlisted student and your application will be returned to the end of the admission waitlist. If you do not respond to your offer, or decline a second offer, your application will be withdrawn and you will need to re-apply.

Trades Foundation Program Waitlists

This page provides an approximate wait time for applicants to enter a program, from the date they have completed their application checklist. This is an estimate only and is subject to change without notice.

MILLWRIGHTJanuary 2023
PLUMBING / PIPINGFebruary 2023
WELDING: LEVEL BFebruary 2023 
WELDING: LEVEL AFebruary 2023 

Accept your Offer of Admission

Applicants who are provided an offer of admission are required to accept their offer of admission by a specified deadline (outlined in your offer letter) and pay a non-refundable confirmation deposit as part of the acceptance.

The confirmation deposit will be applied toward your student account, reducing the total fees owing for the semester. Should you choose not to attend the intake after accepting your offer, the confirmation deposit is forfeited and retained by the University. As this is a limited intake program, your admission offer (and confirmation deposit) cannot be deferred to a future intake.

If you have not yet accepted your offer of admission and are unable to attend the intake you have been offered, you must inform KPU Admissions prior to your confirmation deposit deadline, and your application will be returned to the end of the admissions waitlist. Admissions will contact you again when a seat becomes available. If you decline the second offer, your application will be withdrawn and you will need to re-apply. If we do not receive your confirmation deposit by the deadline and you have not contacted KPU Admissions to remain on the waitlist, your application will be withdrawn and you will need to re-apply.

The confirmation deposit is payable online through Online Self-Service, selecting Student Menu > Admissions > Pay your Deposit. Then proceed to online credit card payment page. If you are being sponsored by a third-party organization, please ensure a copy of your sponsorship letter is sent to prior to the payment deadline.

Confirmation Deposit

Preparing for Classes

After you have paid your confirmation deposit, you will be registered into the necessary classes for your program. After your registration is complete, you will receive an email with instructions to check your schedule, buy textbooks, etc. Tool lists for your program will be provided on the first day of classes. Tuition totals will be viewable on your Online Self-Service account after you've been registered.  The fee payment deadline will vary by program but is generally due at the end of the second week of classes. An interest penalty will apply for outstanding fees after the fee payment deadline. View our Tuition Estimator.

Should you need to withdraw from your program, you must contact KPU immediately at from your KPU student email account. Students who drop prior to the first day of classes will forfeit their confirmation deposit, but will not incur tuition charges. Students who drop within the first 15% of the program will receive a 70% fee reduction/refund. After 15% of the program has been completed, there will be no fee reduction or refund.

It is the responsibility of the student to familiarize themselves with the student tuition and fees policy (FM8) for fixed-term offerings.

Learn more about financial assistance.

Check class schedules.