Training & Apprenticeships

IBEW 213 Annual Training Conference

The 2023 Annual Training Conference returns to the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown hotel in Burnaby on October 21 & 22.

Courses at this year's conference:

Grassroots Organizing

Did you know? IBEW 213 is one of the top organizing locals in not just Canada, but the IBEW. Organizing is the first Objective in the IBEW Constitution. Organizing non-union workers into unionized workers strengthens the local union through solidarity, increased employment options, and level playing fields to name a few. In our oath to the IBEW we pledge to “further the purposes for which the I.B.E.W. is instituted.”, but how do we do this? How are we, mere members, workers, tradespeople, supposed to know what to say to our non-union family, friends and acquaintances? Grassroots Organizing trains members how to “talk-union” and the steps required to initiate organizing drives.

NEW! - Member Education Series

This new, modular-based education series trains members on current and relevant organized labour topics, including the union's organization and structure, bargaining and collective agreements, labour law and worker rights, and labour activism and history. Modules included in this course for the 2023 Annual Training Conference include:

  • IBEW 213 Organization & Structure
  • Collective Agreements & Bargaining
  • Employment Laws & Activism
  • Company Policies & Workplace Rights

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

MHFA focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including: substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces. This training is certified by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

This course is facilitated by Christina Brock, IBEW 213 Advocate and Assistant Business Manager

UPDATED! - Shop Steward Training Series

The Shop Steward Training Series is for all IBEW 213 members, whether you are already a Steward or want to learn more about the role. This modular-based training has been reviewed and updated. Members who have taken the training in the past are encouraged to refresh their skills with this series. Modules included in this course for the 2023 Annual Training Conference include:

  • Being a Shop Steward
  • Grievances
  • Investigations
  • Note Taking

The modules offered in this course go towards the new IBEW 213  Shop Steward Certificate education program. For more information, visit


Registration for the 2023 Annual Training Conference is now closed, and courses are full. Bookmark this page for next year, and ensure your email address is up to date with the union office.