How to Become an
Canada is experiencing a critical shortage of skilled tradespeople. Employers need capable workers now, meaning graduates of registered apprenticeship programs are in high demand. An apprenticeship can offer you a promising future in a secure, well paid and challenging career.
After finding an employer willing to hire and train you, contact the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) Apprenticeship Office in your area. You will be asked to fill out the Application for Apprenticeship Training (AAT) online (employer information will be required in order to complete this) to start the process.
Once the documents are returned to MLTSD, an Employment and Training Consultant will contact you, your employer, or both of you to schedule a registration session to sign a Registered Training Agreement (RTA).
An application package will be provided to you so that you can register as a member with Skilled Trades Ontario. You have 90 days, from the date on your RTA, to register your membership with Skilled Trades Ontario. Should you fail to register with Skilled Trades Ontario within those 90 days, your training agreement will be cancelled, and you will have to start the whole process over again.
When you partner with a sponsor like Support Ontario Youth, we work with you to gather all the relevant documents and ensure they are filled out and submitted properly. Completing the process together eliminates the chance of missing pieces in your application, so your Registered Training Agreement (RTA) can be created without hold-ups and you can start working in your scope of practice faster.
If you are with Support Ontario Youth, the Employment and Training Consultant works directly with us for the RTA. We will contact you once it is ready for your signature.
Support Ontario Youth supports you by letting you know who to contact and what next steps you need to take to become a member in good standing with Skilled Trades Ontario.
Please note: as of April 12, 2019, OCOT has reduced or eliminated fees.
Please visit Skilled Trades Ontario's fee webpage for the most up-to-date information.
This Employment Ontario Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.