How to Become an Apprentice

Four Ways of Entering a Skilled Trade in Ontario

There are a variety of ways to enter the skilled trades industry, such as finding an employer who will train you, taking a pre-apprenticeship program, completing a college diploma related to your trade, or joining the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship (OYAP) Program. Read more about which options are best for you.

1. Find an employer who is willing to train you in your preferred trade

Note: If you are age 25 or less, Mohawk’s Community Employment Services office might be able to help you.

Once you find an employer willing to offer you an apprenticeship, you will need to do the following:

Contact the Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Phone: 905-521-7764 or 1-800-668-4479 Web: Employment Ontario (opens new window)

To apply for an apprenticeship, you will fill out and submit an online application. The Ministry will review your application and your sponsor's eligibility to create a training agreement that will cover the conditions of your apprenticeship.  You and your sponsor will sign the agreement and then the Ministry will review, approve and register it.  You will need to apply to The Ontario College of Trades who is the regulatory body for the skilled trades.  This includes how and what you must learn during an apprenticeship.  From the date your training agreement is registered, you have 90 days to apply for membership with the Ontario College of Trades. You must be a member of the college to work as an apprentice.


2. Enter a Pre-Apprenticeship Training program

Interested in Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs at Mohawk College? Check out the Mechanical Techniques Certificate programs listed on the website.

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities Funded Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program submissions/approvals will be listed in the late Fall of the upcoming year.

When completed, you will have the skills and experience to make you more attractive to potential employers.

3. Complete a college diploma that relates to your preferred trade

Employers look favourably upon someone who has related skills, and who has shown the discipline and commitment to complete a college program. Mohawk's Marshall School of Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship has several programs which could help, and also provide portions of the in-class apprenticeship curriculum for specific trades:

4. Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Students entering Grade 11 may register to become apprentices while finishing high school. Interested students should contact their secondary school counsellor, school technical director or local apprenticeship office for more information.

Learn more about the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) (opens new window)

Watch this Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program video to learn more

Contact Us

Marshall School of Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship
Phone: 905-575-2545
Fax: 905-575-2544
Email: apprenticeship [at]