Learn by doing, and earn at the same time.
Apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade and who enjoy learning by doing. Apprentices are workers, so they earn as they learn. About 90% of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace by employers. The remainder involves classroom instruction on theory.
The College offers the in-school portion for a variety of apprenticeship programs sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly Training, Colleges and Universities).
Program offerings include:
- Carpentry Apprentice
- Millwright (Construction Industrial) Apprentice
- Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic Apprentice
- General Machinist Apprentice
- Welding / Metal Fabricator Apprentice
Depending on the skilled trade you choose, the length of training will vary between two and five years. There are three levels to complete, and most levels consist of 240 hours. During that time, you will earn a wage based on a percentage of a journeyperson’s wages.
Revised Cambrian Apprenticeship Seats 2017 - June 21
|Carpenter||L2||CGAP||April 24/17||June 16/17||16||10||8 weeks||$ 400|
|Heavy Duty (Pre-exam)||L3||HDAP||May 8/17||June 12/17||14||10||PE (1 day/week)|
|Millwright||L2||MTAP||Aug 28/17||Oct 20/17||14||10||8 weeks||$ 400|
|General Machinist||L1||GMAP||Aug 28/17||Oct 20/17||14||10||8 weeks||$ 400|
|Welder||L1||WFAP||Aug 28/17||Nov 03/17||14||10||10 weeks||$ 500|
|Heavy Duty Equip (Mon)||L3||HDAP||Sep 11/17||Jun 11/18||14||6||Day release + PE||$ 400|
|Heavy Duty Equip (Tues)||L1||HDAP||Sep 12/17||Apr 17/18||14||6||Day release||$ 400|
|Heavy Duty Equip (Fri)||L2||HDAP||Sep 15/17||Apr 18/18||14||6||Day release||$ 400|
|Millwright||L3||MTAP||Oct 23/17||Dec 15/17||14||10||8 weeks + PE||$ 400|
|Carpentry||L2||CGAP||Oct 23/17||Dec 15/17||16||10||8 weeks||$ 400|
|General Machinist||L3||GMAP||Oct 23/17||Dec 15/17||14||10||8 weeks + PE||$ 400|
|Refrigeration and AC||L1||RAAP||Oct 23/17||Dec 15/17||16||10||8 weeks||$ 400|
|Welder||L2||WFAP||Nov 06/17||Dec 15/17||14||10||6 weeks||$ 350|
|Millwright (Pre-exam)||L3||MTAP||Dec 18/17||Dec 22/17||14||10||PE = 5 days|
|Gen. Mach. (Pre-exam)||L3||GMAP||Dec 18/17||Dec 22/17||14||10||PE = 5 days|
|PLEASE NOTE: The Pre-Exam Cambrian course is at a cost of $600 for external people who want to prepare for their red seal government exam. This cost does NOT include their exam cost to the Ministry.|
|Carpenter||L3||CGAP||Jan 08/18||Mar 02/18||16||10||8 weeks + PE||$ 400|
|Carpenter (second intake)||L3||CGAP||Jan 08/18||Mar 02/18||16||10||8 weeks + PE||$ 400|
|Welder||L3||WFAP||Jan 08/18||Mar 02/18||14||10||8 weeks + PE||$ 350|
|Refrigeration and AC||TBD||RAAP||Jan 08/18||Mar 02/18||16||10||8 weeks|
|Carpentry (Pre-exam)||L3||CGAP||Mar 05/18||Mar 09/18||32||20||PE = 5 days|
|Welder||L3||WFAP||Mar 05/18||Mar 09/18||14||10||PE = 5 days||$ 400|
|Carpenter||L1||CGAP||Mar 05/18||Apr 21/17||16||10||8 weeks|
|Dual Credits - OYAP||March Break 12 - 16|
|Carpenter||L1||GCDC||Feb 13/18||June 19/18||6||6||Co-op May 14 - Jun 1|
|Heavy Duty||L1||CVDC||Feb 13/18||May 25/18||4||4||Co-op May 28 - Jun 22|
|Welder/Metal Fab||L1||MFDC||Feb 13/18||June 01/18||2||2||Co-op Jun 4 - Jun 22|
The classroom fee for most apprenticeships (Carpentry, Millwright, Heavy Duty, and General Machinist) is $400 per level with the exception of Welding / Metal Fabricator.
|Level 1||$500||10 weeks / 300 hours||Level 1||$500||10 weeks / 300 hours|
|Level 2||$300||6 weeks / 180 hours||Level 2||$350||7 weeks / 210 hours|
|Level 3||$400||8 weeks / 240 hours||Level 3||$350||7 weeks / 210 hours|
Qualifications and requirements
- Most trades require completion of an OSSD or its equivalent.
- You must be a resident of Ontario.
- You must be sponsored as an apprentice.
Credits for academic and skill achievements
Apprentices who have previous work experience and education may be able to receive credits/exemptions which could reduce the duration of their apprenticeship. Otherwise individuals who wish to challenge the in-school apprenticeship program can write exemption exams at all levels. These examinations are available at all community colleges in the province.
Books and tools
Students will have to purchase books for the first level that will carry through to levels two and three.
The college will provides a list of required tools for your program. Some apprentices may be able to loan tools from their employer and some may be required to buy their own tools. The Government of Ontario offers a ‘Loans for Tools’ program to all new apprentices in order to assist them with the cost of purchasing the tools and equipment which they need for their trade.
You will receive an academic transcript from the Enrolment Centre for each of your levels. Upon completion of level three, you will also obtain a Cambrian College certificate. You will be invited to attend Convocation.
Red Seal designation
The Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in Trades across Canada. Not all skills training programs have a Red Seal designate. Visit the Red Seal website to see which trades are designated.
Helpful links / resources
- Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) – Apprenticeship students must become members of the Ontario College of Trades.
- College Apprenticeship Forum (CAF)
- Careers in Trades
- Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) – If you do not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, you can complete the ACE program free of charge through Cambrian’s Academic Upgrading office.
- Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program – Offered through Dual Credit for students under 21 still trying to complete an OSSD
- Canada Apprentice Loan Service Centre – An initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.
- Apprenticeship Grants – An initiative of the Government of Canada that provides up to $4,000 in federal apprenticeship grants to help you progress in or complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.
- Skills and Trades Training at Cambrian
How to apply
Contact the local Employment Ontario apprenticeship office to get help finding a sponsor. If you already have a sponsor, you can apply online.
159 Cedar Street, Suite 506
Sudbury, ON Canada P3E 6A5
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly Training, Colleges and Universities)
17th Floor – Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, ON Canada M7A 1L2