TRAINING THURSDAY – An ICBA Success Story, Charles Baverstock
Here at ICBA, we strive to provide exceptional customer service, and that’s especially true when it comes to our training department. We’ve trained thousands of people over the years, helping them achieve their goals and continue their life-long education.
Charles Baverstock, of Stonebridge Operations Incorporated, is just one example. Charles has been an electrician for about 15 years after leaving the healthcare sector. With the assistance of our Director of Training Sabine Just and one of our instructors, Tim Williams, Charles was able to get his Gold Seal Certification.
“Without Sabine’s knowledge of the Gold Seal System and her support through the ICBA, I would not have known about the program or the process,” Charles says, adding “She helped me determine if I had enough credits and experience to write the exam, while Tim helped me prep for it.”
Charles continues to take several courses per year with us, and recommends that people continue to educate themselves throughout their career.
“Take more courses that pertain to your industry, whether it’s estimating, project management, or safety. You never know when these courses will take your career in a different direction,” he says. “Education makes you more employable, and creates different opportunities for you.”
ICBA Vice-President Dr. Lindsay Langill recalls some advice from when he was an apprentice. “My journeyperson mentor continually told me to take courses, get certified and keep learning,” he says. “He told me ‘every certification is like another tool in your toolbox; you may not know when you will use it, but you have it for when you need it’.”
Most of ICBA’s courses offer Gold Seal Certification credits and BC Housing Continued Professional Development Points. Remember, you don’t have to be a member of ICBA to take our courses, though members receive a discount on their registration fees.