Becoming an Electrician


Earn While You Learn:

Apprenticeship is a workplace-based training program teaching skills  needed in the trades to achieve competencies and perform tasks to the industry standard. The training combines alternating periods of on-the-job (80 to 85%) and technical training (15 to 20%). Once the required hours and/or modules for the trade are completed, the apprentice can write the exam for the Certificate of Qualification for the province/territory. 

Apprentices and Journeypersons:

Usually, an employer sponsors the apprentice. On-the-job, the apprentice works under the direction of a journeyperson. The training combines alternating periods of on-the-job (80 to 85%) and technical training (15 to 20%). Most trades require six to ten weeks of technical training each year.  While at technical training, apprentices may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits. Most apprenticeship programs are four years in length. Once the apprentice has completed the required hours or modules for the trade, the apprentice can challenge the exam for the Certificate of Qualification for the province/territory.  Apprentices and employer sponsors officially register with the apprenticeship authority and, throughout the apprenticeship, the training provided must adhere to the standards set up by the province or territory. 

The apprentice is hired by an employer, works with a journeyperson in order to learn a trade, and is officially registered with their province or territory.  Apprentices are paid employees who may also receive Employment Insurance benefits and federal or provincial/territorial grants. A certified journeyperson is a qualified and skilled person in a trade and entitled to the wages and benefits associated with that trade. A certified journeyperson is allowed to train and act as a mentor to a registered apprentice. Journeypersons can sign off on whether apprentices are achieving their key competencies on-the-job and play an important role in developing apprentice skill sets.

Youth Apprenticeship Programs in Ontario:

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.

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Learn about pathways to apprenticeship, apprenticeship training, trade certification, finding employers, getting financial aid  at Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.  click here.