Vocational Instructor

Vocational Instructor

NON – Apprenticeship


Vocational instructors are teachers who usually have a combination of trades experience and a teaching certificate. According to the National Occupational Classification (NOC), College and other vocational instructors may perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects
  • Develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and outlines for courses
  • Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate students' progress
  • Advise students on program curricula and career decisions
  • Provide individualized tutorial or remedial instruction to students who require it
  • Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work or hands-on training
  • Supervise teaching assistants
  • May provide consultation services to government, business and other organizations
  • May serve on committees concerned with matters such as budgets, curriculum revision, and course and diploma requirements

Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011, 4021 College and Vocational Instructors


Source: Red River College, Teacher Education Program


Vocational instructors may work in a variety of settings:

  • Community colleges
  • Technical and vocational institutes
  • Construction companies with training department
  • Private training establishments
  • Community agencies
  • Governments to deliver internal training or development courses
  • Self-employed as a consultant

*To work as a vocational or trades teacher in Manitoba’s public schools, you will need to complete a Bachelor Degree in Education (B.Ed.), a Manitoba Teachers Certificate, and Criminal Records Check and Child/Adult Abuse Registry Check(s).


The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones:


According to jobbank.gc.ca, and their Labour Market Information for Manitoba, they list low, medium, and high wages for College and Vocational Instructors as the following:
$14.00 / hour (average in MB)
$33.00 / hour (average in MB)
$44.50 / hour (average in MB)
$13.75 / hour (Winnipeg)
$30.77 / hour (Winnipeg)
$41.21 / hour (Winnipeg)


In Manitoba, the training path to become a vocational instructor may vary depending on the education requirements of the company or learning institutions for which you are applying.

Below is an example of post-secondary programs to consider:

10 courses, part-time
  • Includes practicum
  • 33 credit hour program (approx. 385 hours)
  • In-class or Online learning
  • Articulation Agreement: University of Winnipeg
4 required courses + 100 hours of electives
  • Part-time
  • 250 hours
  • In-class or Online learning
  • Recognized by The Institute of Performance and Learning (IPL)
  • Graduates: Given a credit of 1 year towards the work experience requirement of the Certified Training and Development Profession (CTDP) designation


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