Which trades are unregulated or have voluntary certification in Ontario?

For some trades, you are not obliged to have a Certificate of Qualification to work in Ontario. However, employers and unions might ask for "voluntary certification."

There are more than 100 trades with voluntary certification in Ontario. These are some:

  • Air-Cooled and Marine Engine Mechanic
  • Arborist
  • Assistant Cook
  • Automotive Machinist
  • Automotive Painter
  • Baker
  • Boat Motor Mechanic
  • Brick and Stone Mason
  • Cement Mason
  • Construction Boilermaker
  • Construction Millwright
  • Cook
  • Electronics Service Technician
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
  • Fitter (Structural Steel / Platework)
  • General Machinist
  • Glazier and Metal Mechanic
  • Nursery Greenhouse Worker
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Industrial Woodworker
  • Ironworker
  • Junior Baker
  • Lather
  • Marine and Small-Powered Equipment Mechanic
  • Mould maker
  • Painter and Decorator (Commercial and Residential)
  • Painter and Decorator (Industrial)
  • Patissier
  • Pattern Maker
  • Printer
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer
  • Tool and Die Maker

For a complete list, go to the Ontario College of Trades website.

See a list of trades with mandatory certification.

For More Information

  • Working in Ontario - Information about getting licensed in your profession or trade, bridging programs, credential assessment and more. From the Ontario Immigration website.
  • Prepare for Apprenticeship - Information on the Province of Ontario's Apprenticeship programs. From Employment Ontario.
  • Apprenticeship Incentive Grant - A taxable cash grant available to registered apprentices after you have successfully completed your first or second year (level) of an apprenticeship program in an eligible trade. From the Government of Canada.
  • Job Bank - Use this tool to find job postings and labour market information. From the Government of Canada.
  • Ontario Job Futures - Information about different occupations in Ontario. It includes information on current trends and future job prospects. From the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
Last updated: December 15, 2016 4001106