Frequently Asked Questions about Apprenticeship for the Community

Will I be paid during my training?

Apprentices in Block classes are eligible for EI while attending their in-school portion of training.

“An apprenticeship is a pathway to a rewarding career in the trades. As an apprentice, you take classes and learn your trade by working under the direction of experienced workers – and get paid while you do it”.

Learn more on the Government of Ontario website.

Learn more on the Government of Canada website.

What is the difference between Block and Day Release?

Block – A full time delivery for the Ministry approved in-school training can be between 8 -12 weeks)

Day Release – a part time option (One day a week and or evenings) for the in-school training based on the required curriculum hours

Curriculum for trades are located on the Skilled Trades Ontario website.

Can I choose when I do my education?

At the time of registration with Skilled Trades Ontario & The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skill Development (MLITSD) you may request Mohawk College as a School preference. Offers of classroom training are issued by the Ministry.

Will I get recognition for my education at Mohawk?

Refer to the Types of Credentials page.

How do I get registered with the ministry?

Apply online on the Skilled Trades Ontario website.

Will my OYAP hours apply to my apprenticeship?

Upon registration as an apprentice, the Ministry and Skilled Trades Ontario will determine the number of training hours to be applied to the apprenticeship with the apprentice and employer. Keep record of your hours and share this with the Ministry and your employer at the time of your registration.

What is the difference between a trades person, journeyperson and a C of Q?

Tradesperson - refers to an individual who specializes in a particular skills trade occupation that requires work experience, on-the-job training, and often formal college education.

Journeyperson - Have met all of the requirements set out for their trade(s) and hold a valid Certificate of Qualification.

What is the Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) exam?

A C of Q exam is a test of an individual’s knowledge and competency related to the performance of tasks involved with the practise of a trade.

Do I have to put in five years before I write my C of Q?

Depending on the trades, Apprenticeship programs are typically 3-5 years long and lead to trade certification.

Learn more about finishing your apprenticeship on the Government of Ontario website.

Why do some trades have a red seal?

The Red Seal (Inter Provincial Standards Program) allows workers to work in other provinces and ensures their skills are recognized throughout Canada.

“The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) is a voluntary intergovernmental partnership among the provinces and territories, which are responsible for apprenticeship training and trade certification, and the federal government. The CCDA supports the development of skilled trades in Canada and manages the Red Seal Program.”

What is the grade average for a red seal?

The Pass Mark is 70%.

Learn more on the Red Seal website.