Apprenticeship Training Basics
- Apprentices spend approximately 10 to 20% of their time learning at a Community College or TDA
- 80 to 90% of learning is done on the job.
The In-school Component
Apprentices usually go to Community College for their required courses
- usually three levels of school, each lasting 8 - 10 weeks.
- location varies, depending on the specific apprenticeship
In-school options may also include:
- Day Release
(1 day/week for 40 weeks)
- Night School
- On-line Learning
Accumulation of hours
Each Apprenticeship program has a certain number of hours an apprentice should complete for the on-the-job component.
- Benchmark for the Industrial, Motive Power
and Service Sectors
- Required for Construction Sector
- A Training Standard is a list of skills which an apprentice must be able to perform expertly and without assistance.
- A Journeyperson/trainer must validate the apprentice’s competence in each of these skills.
Each trade has it's own training standard which can be found on the Ontario College of Trades website.
- Most trades have a trade examination that must be written after the successful completion of both the in-school and the on-the-job components
- A pass is 70%
- Accommodations can be made for persons with learning disabilities and/or language barriers
College Program Certificate
for successfully completing the in-school training
Certificate of Apprenticeship
for successfully completing the on-the job training
Certificate of Qualification
for successfully completing the final examination
The Certificate of Qualification is like a degree or diploma earned at the end of other post-secondary education.