Apprenticeship Network

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Serving employers, youth & job seekers in the cities, towns and counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford.


Apprenticeship Training Basics

pie chart of 80% on the job, 20% college content.


  • 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:

Time line showing on the job training with three breaks for schooling.
  • 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.

Examples: general carpenter - 7200 hrs (required), Tools & Die Maker - 8000 hrs (Benchmark), Automotive Service Technician - 6500 hrs (Benchmark), Hairstylist - 3020 hrs (Benchmark)
  • Benchmark for the Industrial, Motive Power
    and Service Sectors
  • Required for Construction Sector


Training Standard

  • 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.

Trade Exams

  • 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




Credentials Earned

  • 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.