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Compulsory Trades

A trade is prescribed as compulsory by the College of Trades through a Board regulation.

When a trade is compulsory, only individuals who are registered apprentices, certified journeypersons or journeyperson candidate can work in the trade.


Voluntary Trades

Apprenticeship training and certification are available but not required by law.

When a trade is voluntary, the apprentice may train under a person who may otherwise meet the qualifications and the person doesn't have to complete an apprenticeship to work in that trade. An example of this type of trade is an Auto Parts Person or Cook.


Red Seal Trades

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In Canada, trades training and certification are the responsibility of the provinces
and territories. The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program ensures recognition of certification throughout Canada The Red Seal Program and the designation of trades as Red Seal is the responsibility of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA). There are currently 55 Red Seal Trades.

Trades By Sector

  • Construction

    • Minimum of 16 years of age
    • Completed Grade 10 (16 credits)
    • Academic requirements vary
  • Industrial/Manufacturing

    • Minimum of 16 years of age
    • Completed Grade 12 (OSSD)
    • Academic requirements vary
  • Motive Power

    • Minimum of 16 years of age
    • Completed Grade 12 (OSSD)
    • Academic requirements vary
  • Services

    • Minimum of 16 years of age
    • Completed Grade 12 (OSSD)
    • Academic requirements vary