What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship training is a form of postsecondary education that combines on-the-job and in-school training. At the completion of an apprenticeship, an individual can take an examination. Once they pass the examination and satisfy the criteria set out by their province/territory, apprentices earn a Certificate of Qualification/Journeyperson Certificate from their province or territory in Canada.

As an apprentice:

  • You will already be employed and work with an employer who agrees to ‘sponsor’ and train you as an apprentice for a specific skilled trade. Once you and your employer agree to this, you and your employer may enter into and sign an apprenticeship agreement which is then registered with the Provincial or Territorial governmental agency that regulates apprenticeship training;
  • Furthermore, your employer monitors your progress and validates what you have been learning and the amount of hours you spent perfecting your new skill;
  • You receive a wage while you work – you earn while you learn.

To obtain further detailed information regarding apprenticeships, follow the The Road To Apprenticeship guide posted on the Ontario College of Trades website.