How to Become an Apprentice in Ontario


Individuals who want to work in a particular trade in Ontario can do so by becoming an apprentice. This will allow you to study under a master craftsman to learn a trade before going out on your own. You can become an apprentice in Ontario by enrolling in one of three apprenticeship programs that are available. If you need additional information about an apprenticeship program you can contact the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Learn About Apprenticeship Programs

  • Visit the Employment Ontario web page for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to view available pathways to apprenticeship.

  • Click the link for "Co-Op Diploma Apprenticeship Programs." This program allows you to enroll in a college diploma program and receive apprenticeship training. Go to the website to find and apply to an apprenticeship training program or contact the Ministry for local programs.

  • Click the link for the "Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)." This program allows high school students to begin apprenticeship training while still in school. Contact the guidance counselor for your high school or the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program coordinator for more information.

  • Click the link for the "Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program." This program is available for individuals who want or need to develop their job skills to become an apprentice. The 40-week program is offered at local colleges or community agencies; they can be found by contacting the Ministry.

Contacting the Ministry

  • Go to the "Contact Us" web page for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

  • Select the option for "Apprenticeship or Pre-apprenticeship" and click the "Next" button.

  • Select a topic from the drop-down list under Postsecondary Education.

  • Complete the email form by entering data in the required fields.

  • Click the "Send" button to send the form and then wait for a reply from the Ministry.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can obtain more information for each of the apprenticeship programs by calling the Employment Ontario Hotline at 800-387-5656.
  • The Schoolfinder website is also available to search for education and training programs in Ontario.

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