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 - July 7, 2017

Spring 2017
CarpenterL2CGAPApril 24/17June 16/1716108 weeks$ 400
Heavy Duty (Pre-exam)L3HDAPApril 24/17May 29/171410PE (1 day/week)
Fall 2017
MillwrightL2MTAPAug 28/17Oct 20/1714108 weeks$ 400
General MachinistL1GMAPAug 28/17Oct 20/1714108 weeks$ 400
WelderL1WMAPAug 28/17Nov 03/17141010 weeks$ 500
Heavy Duty Equip (Mon)L3HDAPSep 11/17Jun 11/18146Day release + PE$ 400
Heavy Duty Equip (Tues)L1HDAPSep 12/17Apr 17/18146Day release$ 400
Heavy Duty Equip (Fri)L2HDAPSep 15/17Apr 18/18146Day release$ 400
MillwrightL3MTAPOct 23/17Dec 15/1714108 weeks + PE$ 450
Carpentry L2CGAPOct 23/17Dec 15/1716108 weeks$ 400
General MachinistL3GMAPOct 23/17Dec 15/1714108 weeks + PE$ 400
Refrigeration and ACL1RAAPOct 23/17Dec 15/1716108 weeks$ 400
WelderL2WFAPNov 06/17Dec 15/1714106 weeks$ 350
Millwright (Pre-exam)L3MTAPDec 18/17Dec 22/171410PE = 5 days
Gen. Mach. (Pre-exam)L3GMAPDec 18/17Dec 22/171410PE = 5 days
PLEASE NOTE: The Pre-Exam Cambrian course is at a cost of $600 for external people who want to prepare for their red seal government exam. This cost does NOT include their exam cost to the Ministry.
Winter 2018
Carpenter L3CGAPJan 08/18Mar 02/1816108 weeks + PE$ 400
Carpenter (second intake)L3CGAPJan 08/18Mar 02/1816108 weeks + PE$ 400
WelderL3WFAPJan 08/18Mar 02/1814106 weeks$ 350
Refrigeration and ACTBDRAAPJan 08/18Mar 02/1816108 weeks
Carpentry (Pre-exam)L3CGAPMar 05/18Mar 09/183220PE = 5 days
CarpenterL1CGAPMar 05/18Apr 27/1816108 weeks
Dual Credits - OYAPMarch Break 12 - 16
Carpenter L1GCDCFeb 13/18June 19/1866Co-op May 14 - Jun 1
Heavy Duty L1CVDCFeb 13/18May 25/1844Co-op May 28 - Jun 22
Welder/Metal FabL1MFDCFeb 13/18June 01/1822Co-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.

Metal Fabricator
Level 1 $50010 weeks / 300 hoursLevel 1$50010 weeks / 300 hours
Level 2 $3006 weeks / 180 hoursLevel 2$3507 weeks / 210 hours
Level 3 $4008 weeks / 240 hoursLevel 3$3507 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.

Apprenticeship completion

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

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.


Apprenticeship Office
159 Cedar Street, Suite 506
Sudbury, ON  Canada  P3E 6A5

Toll-free:  1-800-603-5999
Telephone:  705-564-3030


Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly Training, Colleges and Universities)
17th Floor – Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, ON  Canada  M7A 1L2

Toll-free: 1-800-387-5514
Telephone: 416-325-2929
Fax: 416-325-6348