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ITA HEO Foundation

This 4 week course has been developed with the support of the BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association as a pre-employment program. It gives an overview of the industry including:

  • Safe work practices
  • Environmental requirements
  • Orientations to equipment and tools
  • Introduction to principles of civil engineering

The Foundation program will satisfy the pre-requisite requirements for the ITA HEO Technician (Apprenticeship) program. The following certifications are provided:

  • Occupational First Aid, Level One
  • Traffic Control
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
  • ITA Certificate of Completion

Admission Requirements

  • VIU Application (if completing the application online select Heavy Equipment Operator)
  • Assessment testing
  • Personal profile
  • Valid Driver's Licence ("N" is acceptable), there is no public transit to the training site and virtually all jobs will ask for a copy of your license.
  • 18+ years of age (exceptions may be allowed)
  • Grade 12 education, or mature student (exceptions may be allowed)

Tuition: $757.68
Application fee: application fee (one time fee, this fee changes annually)
Textbooks cost approximately $90 and are available at the VIU Campus Store 250-740-6200, or follow the link below to purchase directly from the Queen's Printer and Crown Publications Services.

Book Code Textbook Publisher
RBCF Road Builder & Heavy Construction Foundation Program Queen's Printer


This class is generally offered twice per year in the Spring and the Fall.


updated Jan '14 KS