How do I do an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship prepares you to work in a skilled trade in Ontario. Apprenticeships combine classroom and on the job training.

If you do not already have several years of experience, you have to complete an apprenticeship to join one of Ontario’s regulated skilled trades. You may also need to complete an apprenticeship to join an unregulated skilled trade.

If you are already experienced in your trade, you should do a Trade Equivalency Assessment.

The process for beginning an apprenticeship is different depending on your situation.

If you are not in high school or college

If you do not have experience in the trade you would like to work in, you can apply for training courses provided by different Ontario agencies. These training courses are all free of charge, including text books, safety equipment and tools.

After training you can do a pre-apprenticeship training that includes work placements.
Everyone is welcome to join this program, including people who have not completed high school or are new to Canada. To apply for this program search for pre-apprenticeship training near you or contact Employment Ontario.

If you are in High School

If you are in grade 11 or 12 you can earn co-op credits by joining work placements in certain trades under the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. Co-op credits count towards the credits you need to graduate high school. To qualify you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old;
  • Be a full-time student; and
  • Have earned at least 16 High School credits.

Contact your school board coordinator or guidance counselor to learn more.

If you are in College

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program allows you to begin training for your apprenticeship while you are in college. Through this program, you can achieve a college degree and complete an apprenticeship in 2 years.
Search for colleges that offer the Co-op Diploma Program to see how you can qualify or contact Employment Ontario to learn more.

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Last updated: January 26, 2023 4006199