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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of common questions regarding apprenticeship in Ontario.

The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 was passed in October 2009 which established the Ontario College of Trades.. At that time, the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (TQAA) and the Apprenticeship and Certification Act (ACA) were both repealed. On April 8, 2013, the Ontario College of Trades opened its doors to provide services to its members.

The College modernized the province’s apprenticeship and skilled trades system. It also:

  • promotes careers in the skilled trades to encourage more people to work in the trades;
  • ensures that our apprenticeship and skilled trades system aligns with the needs of our economy;
  • put skilled trades on a similar footing with teachers, doctors and nurses, who have their own professional colleges; and
  • gives the industry a greater role in recruitment, governance, certification and apprenticeship training – building on the significant role skilled trades already play in Ontario’s prosperity.

The College also determines the best way to deal with a variety of issues that face the apprenticeship system, including apprenticeship ratios.

The College provides a balanced approach to governance that considers the needs of employers, employees, apprentices, the economy and the public.

The College helps workers, employers, apprentices and other prospective tradespeople, as well as consumers, identify where there are changing skill requirements or opportunities and make it easier to respond quickly to address these needs.

For more information see the following websites:

The College is responsible for:

  • Producing support materials and making them available to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)
  • Providing skilled workers with information about certification and OCOT memberships
  • Membership applications
  • Informing skilled workers that their equivalency was confirmed
  • Collecting exam fees
  • Informing the examinee of exam results
  • Informing applicant of granting/refusal of membership
  • Developing written and practical certification examinations, policies and procedures
  • Approving exams in the EOIS –APPR
  • Handling examination complaints and requests for marking reviews, analyzing exam results Providing advice and support to exam candidates after unsuccessful attempts.

The Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development is responsible for:

  • Oversight of apprenticeship training in Ontario
  • Determining apprentice and sponsor eligibility
  • Registering apprenticeship training agreements
  • Issuing the Ontario Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Administration of Certification of Qualification examinations
  • Conducting research, policy development and program evaluations
  • Prescribing (naming) new trades

Here is a List of their local offices


The Ontario Labor Mobility Act, 2009 (OLMA) supports full labour mobility for certified skilled workers by allowing them to work anywhere in Canada without additional training or assessment.

The Labour Mobility Matrix has been revised and updated to reflect new trade matches and the new legislation (OCTAA).

For more information see the Red Seal Trades website.

Apprenticeship begins with employment!

Contact your Employment Ontario Service Provider for information.

Employers want POSITIVE ATTITUDE over aptitude

  • Punctuality and regular attendance
  • Work ethic
  • Communication and team work skills
  • Demonstrated interest

For more information see our "Getting Started" page.

Employment Ontario:

  • Includes a network of service providers that can help you get training, skills and experience you need
  • Connects people looking for work with employers looking for workers
  • Offers a variety of employment services and programs

Employment Ontario Service Providers offer to Apprenticeship candidates:

  • Interest inventories, job search strategies, resume writing, interviews skills, etc.
  • Incentives to employers
  • Literacy improvement, and academic upgrading
  • Career and labour market information

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program provides an interprovincial standard of excellence for the skilled trades that is recognized by industry across Canada.

The program is a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Provinces and the Territories.

The purpose of this program is to allow greater mobility across Canada for skilled workers.

In Red Seal trades, workers who pass a Red Seal trade examination receive a Certificate of Qualification with a distinctive red seal that is recognized by employers across Canada.

The Red Seal is an acknowledgement of an individual’s competence throughout Canada without further examination.

For more information on Red Seal trades and interprovincial certification, visit the website:

An OYAP student is a secondary school student earning Cooperative Education credits in an Apprenticeship Occupation (i.e. Skilled Trade)

Students can become registered Apprentices during their Co-op placements!

Placements are usually available in all the Apprenticeship sectors and occupations.

Advantage of an OYAP placement

Normally a person would complete secondary school and then begin to apprentice (must find own employer).

An OYAP student would begin their apprenticeship training while still in secondary school (save time, get experience , possibly earn income…).

For more information, visit the OYAP website.

To book an apprenticeship exam you need to contact your local Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) office. To find your local office visit

There is no limit to how many times an individual can write.

You need to notify your Employment and Training Consultant (ETC) who will cancel your training agreement.

To update your contact information you need to contact both your local Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) office and the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

For employment services you can go to any Employment Ontario provider. See our contacts page for a list of Employment Ontario Provider members. Or to locate other Employment Ontario providers near you, visit

Once you have signed a new training agreement with your new sponsor, your Employment and Training Consultant (ETC) will cancel the old training agreement and activate your new one.

Before you can be registered as an apprentice you must first find an employer who is willing to sponsor you. Once you have an employer, you contact your local Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) office to complete an Application for Apprenticeship Training. Once verified, an Employment and Training Consultant (ETC) will contact you to register a Training Agreement.

You will be scheduled for school when your training agreement is registered. You will select your schooling preference and will be entered into queue. As seats become available, you will receive an offer for schooling.

Apprentices can be exempt from levels of schooling based on previous education. Exemptions are examined on a case by case basis and the type of trade and the courses you have taken will factor into the decision. Apprentices may also take exemption tests which is successfully passed exempt the apprentices from a level of schooling.

There is no limit to how many times an individual can write.