You are here

Apprenticeship FAQ's

Why choose Confederation College to advance your Apprenticeship?

  • Experienced, trade-certified professors
  • Up-to-date lab and shop facilities (Take a virtual tour to see all the college has to offer.)

How long do apprenticeship training programs last?

Most apprenticeships last two to five years, with most time spent in the field applying your trade of choice.

What are the apprentice entrance requirements?

In general, it is best to have a minimum of Grade 12 for most skilled occupations. Apprentices must be at least 16 years old. However be advised these minimum requirements may not meet the criteria for some employers/unions.

What are the ways I can become an apprentice, and then complete my apprenticeship?

If you are unsure which apprenticeship or trade you wish to concentrate on, you can enter post-secondary school here at Confederation College and take many of our excellent trades programs. These programs will give you the skills needed to help you find work and start on your path to becoming an apprentice.

Are you still in high school and thinking about going straight into an apprenticeship? You can enrol in a pre-apprenticeship program like the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) through your secondary school; or contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Branch.

Want to take a break from the classroom once you graduate high school? You can find an employer to hire and train you in a specific field. You and your employer must then sign a training agreement prepared by an Apprenticeship Branch consultant to be filed with the ministry.

How do I register?

Apprentices are registered by the regional office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Workplace Training Branch. Unless you are in a pre-apprenticeship program or a co-apprenticeship program, you cannot register for an apprenticeship at Confederation College. You or your employer can call the regional office and ask one of the training consultants to visit your workplace. The consultant will make sure that you both understand what apprenticeship is all about.

Following completion of your apprenticeship training you will be eligible to write the provincial Certificate of Qualification exam. For specific information on apprenticeships, including such as training standards please refer to the ministry website at:

People who want to become apprentices usually apply directly to employers, unions or joint apprenticeship training committees for the trade they are interested in.

How can I get more information on the “in-school component” of apprenticeship training?

You can refer to the Apprenticeship specific webpages provided below for more information regarding the apprenticeship you are interest in, or by contacting the School of Engineering Technology and Trades at Confederation College (807) 475-6384.

Is there any funding available?

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Financial help is available for Apprentices. Some of the ministry–funded programs that may be available to you include:

What is a Red Seal?

If you complete your training or are a certified journeyperson, you will be able to obtain a Red Seal endorsement on your certificates of qualification and apprenticeship by successfully completing an Interprovincial Standards Examination. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practice their trade in any province or territory in Canada where that trade is designated without having to write further examinations.

For any specific questions, you can contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Branch in Thunder Bay, Ontario (807) 346-1550.