GTA/ Central Region FAQs


Q: What are the Roles and Responsibilities of OCOT Ontario College of Trades?

A: This is a link to a PDF document created by Employment Ontario outlining Roles and Responsibilities of the Ontario College of Trades download PDF

Q: What are the Roles and Responsibilities of MTCU Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities?

A: This is a link to a PDF document created by Employment Ontario outlining Roles and Responsibilities of the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities download PDF

Q: What is the best way to view the apprenticesearch website (what browsers should I use)?

A: This website is best view in either Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher here is a link to download IE8 or Mozilla FireFox 3.0 or higher here is a link to download FireFox

Q: I'm am seeing little boxes with red x's where there should be pictures?
Check and clear your internet browsers memory cache, the browser maybe producing a older version of the page that has been stored in memory

Q: I'm registered as an applicant in the system. Why am I not seeing any of the jobs?
A: You must complete a personal profile/resume and post it on our website before you will be allowed to search the jobs database. This is a step-by-step process that our applicant web pages guide you through. Once you have posted a personal profile, not only will you be able to search, but employers will also be able to view your profile and contact you if they are interested.

Q: I think my employer has registered me as an apprentice. How do I know for sure?

A: Once you have found an employer who is willing to train you, you should  contact the Government of Ontario apprenticeship office nearest you and set up an appointment with a ministry consultant. They will discuss your training plan, work environment and expectations for the duration of the apprenticeship. Both you and your employer will be involved in the process and sign the training plan. If you have any question, contact your local apprenticeship office.

Q: I'm registering on the system. How do I get a User ID and Password?

A: You choose your own User ID and Password. You can make it whatever you like, but remember that the User ID and Password are case sensitive. That means, that if your User ID is 'Apprentice' you always need to capitalize the 'A'. 'apprentice' with a small 'a' will not be recognized by the system. if you have any difficulties registering, please contact the Administrator at or 905.634.2575.

Q: I am having problems logging in. Why isn't my User ID and/or Password  working?

A: Make sure you have entered your User Id and password correctly, as it is case sensitive. Your account could also be dormant, meaning you have not logged in over the past 90 days. You can either call 905.634.2575 x20 or you can email the administrator at to have your account reactivated.

Q: Can I get any help with the cost of tools and or safety equipment?

A: Help is available for new apprentices via the Loans for Tools program. This program offers new apprentices a loan to help them buy tools and equipment they need to perform the trade in which they are registered. Manuals and code books that will remain the property of the apprentice are also eligible.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities automatically sends a Loans for Tools information package to each new apprentice who becomes registered with the Ministry after June 1, 1998. To apply, you complete the loan agreement and return it to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in the envelope they provide.

Q: What is the difference between the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (TQAA) and the Apprenticeship and Certification Act (ACA)?

A: They both have been replaced with Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009(OCTAA) as the new trades legislation in the province. The College will update these definitions in the future. Meanwhile, please refer to the College’s website ( for the most accurate and up-to-date information about the College. For information on OCTAA and its regulations, please visit:

Q: What in-school training do I have to take as an apprentice? For how long? Will I get paid when I attend in-school training?

A: If you attend your in-school training under a block release arrangement, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance, and in some cases employers may pay you full wages as if you were working.  Changes to Employment Insurance legislation will allow apprentices in approved training to serve only one two-week waiting period within the same apprenticeship program. Contact you local Service Canada office for full details

Q: Is my apprenticeship time-based or competency based? Is there a difference?

A: It’s a combination of the two, with more emphasis being placed since the Apprenticeship and Certification Act (ACA) proclamation in 2000 on the competencies achieved model instead of a time based model. Apprenticeships covered by the ACA are all Industrial, Service and Motive Power trades (about 100 in total), and some of the terminology has changed under this new act. The Apprenticeship Contract is now called a Training Agreement. Sponsor refers to the trainer, who may or may not be the apprentice's employer.  Industry committees for the various trades have a more prominent role in setting academic and training standards. Grade 12 is the minimum if no standard is prescribed.

Q: I’m eager to become an apprentice. How do I find an employer?

A: Use your contacts with family, friends, general networking, job search agencies (youth employment offices, job developer agencies such as Job Connect), temporary employment agencies, College placement offices, internet websites such as and electronic job banks through such job agencies as Human Resource Centres (Service Canada). See our Steps to An Apprenticeship Guide for additional suggestions.

Q: I have an employer who promised to register me as an apprentice, but so far he hasn’t done anything. What can I do to speed things along?

A: The first thing you should do is to self-identify to your employer that you want to become an apprentice. If you are a new employee, keep in mind that your employer is evaluating you as an employee: your attitude, attendance, punctuality, reliability and general motivation on the job. Don’t expect to be instantly registered as an apprentice if you haven’t proven yourself as a good all-round employee. At the point that your employer agrees to formally register you, call the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities (Apprenticeship Branch) to start the ball rolling. With some employers, the company policy is to register apprentices right away, while others will wait for a while to assess your on-the-job attitude and performance and to see if you have what it takes.

Q: I have some time in as an apprentice welder, but now I think I want to become a plumber. Will any of the time I got in as a welder count?

A: Whether or not you receive credit for some of the skills you picked up in one trade before changing to another is up to the employer who is now registering you as an apprentice. This employer may weigh many factors, such as: how recent your experience was, whether or not you did any in-school training, if you worked on up-to-date equipment where you used to work, and what the general correlation is between the two trade areas.

Q: I’ve completed a post-secondary technician program, but would like to become an apprentice. Will any of my post-secondary education count towards my apprenticeship?

A: You’ll need to obtain a transcript of your courses from the post secondary institute(s) you attended. Educational credits are evaluated at the time you register as an apprentice, so have those documents with you. As well, Industry Committees in the various trades will have an increasing role in evaluation of educational credits in their respective trades.

Q: I can’t find an employer, but I’m still interested in becoming an apprentice Machinist/Plumber/Carpenter etc. Can I take any courses now that will get me closer to my goal?

A: You might enhance your employability if you take a pre-apprenticeship program that leads into an apprenticeship. These are generally available at Community Colleges or other accredited institutes/agencies such as Skills Centres. They often have a Job Placement service to assist course graduates in making the transition to a job, and some college or agency programs are co-op, providing you with a direct connection to an employer.

Q: I may want to re-locate to another province once I have finished my apprenticeship. Will I be able to work in my trade in another province in Canada?

A: There are some trades that are covered under a program known as the Red Seal Program.  This program is designed to facilitate interprovincial mobility. Depending on the trade you qualified in however, you may be certified to work in Ontario only. If you re-locate to another province, you would need to show them your Ontario trade license and then sit that province’s exam. You don’t however have to do your entire apprenticeship all over again. In other trades, the mark you achieve on the exam you write to obtain your Certificate of Qualification determines whether you qualify for an Interprovincial certificate. It's best to check with your Apprenticeship consultant when you register as an apprentice so you know what flexibility you’ll have.

Q: I’ve completed an apprenticeship program and am considering enrolling in a diploma program in a post-secondary institute. Can I get credit for some of my in-school training I took as an apprentice?

A: Many post-secondary institutes provide evaluation of any previous education/experience through something called a Prior Learning Assessment. Previous training may entitle you to advanced standing in a particular course, so you should draw this to the attention of the Registrar at the time of application. Credit hours are discussed at the time of registration. The training consultant, your sponsor (employer) and yourself will meet to discuss the feasibility of applying credit toward your apprenticeship.

Q: I’ve taken OYAP, technical courses, pre-apprenticeship training-does this give me any credit toward my apprenticeship?

A: Similar to transferring your hours to a new sponsor (employer), OYAP hours are discussed at the time of registration. The training consultant, your sponsor and yourself will meet to discuss the feasibility of applying credit toward your apprenticeship.

Q: What’s the role of the Apprenticeship Consultant? How can they assist me?

A: The Apprenticeship Training Consultant will be your contact with the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities. They will complete the paperwork for your registration, guide you and the sponsor in the training on the job, and co-ordinate your in-school training. They are available to answer any questions or concerns that you or your sponsor may have.

Q: I don't see any of the printing trades on your website. Aren't there any apprenticeships available in the printing field?

A: There are some significant changes going on in the printing industry at present, particularly in the pre-press area that may be affecting some of the demand for training in the industry. However, if you have an employer with specific training needs in the printing industry or any other trade area not listed on the site, an evaluation of the worksite and employer-specific training needs can be initiated by calling your nearest Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. At that time a Training Consultant will review the request and determine if a current schedule is in place or whether a new one needs to be developed.


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