What is apprenticeship?....


An Apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker — “earning while learning.”  An apprenticeship combines on-the-job experience with technical training to produce a certified journeyperson. Upon completion of the specified training period, apprentices receive a Certificate of Qualification. On average, 85% of the apprentice’s training, which usually takes two to five years, is spent in the workplace; the rest is spent at a training institution.

An apprentice is someone who learns a skilled tr ade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers, completes classroom instruction as a part of their training and must be members of the Ontario College of Trades.  Apprentices become skilled workers once they have acquired the knowledge and skills in a trade or occupation and are certified by a provincial or territorial authority.

Selecting a Trade

There are hundreds of trades to choose from. Some require you to take an exam once your training is complete. Training in what are known as Red Seal Trades allows you to work in other provinces and territories. Skilled trades are classified as either Compulsory  trades which generally require workers to be certified or registered as apprentices in order to work in the occupation or Voluntary trades which involve voluntary apprenticeship training and certification as workers are not required to be registered or certified to work in that trade.

Finding an employer

If you wish to become an apprentice you will need to find an employer who will train you. Employment Ontario can help you with your job search and there are online tools including the Ontario Job Bank.  


Further information

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Training Standards as outlined by the Ontario College of Trades.

Trades in Ontario listed by the Ontario College of Trades


Apprenticeship News...

  • New Journeyperson to apprentice ratios now in effect.  Click here for news release from the Ontario College of Trades.
  • For more details and a list of trades subject to ratios and the new ratio formulasclick here