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 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 2018

Revised April 26, 2018      5 extra days  
Spring 2018
WelderL3WFAPApr 30/18June 29/1814108 weeks$4009th week for pre-exam
Heavy Duty (Mon)L3HDAPApr 2/18June 18/1810PE (1 day/week)$0Carry over
Heavy Duty (Tues)L1HDAPApr 3/18May 29/189$0Carry over
Heavy Duty (Fri)L2HDAPApr 6/18June 8/187$0Carry over
Fall 2018
General MachinistL1GMAPAug 27/18Oct 19/1814108 weeks$400
MillwrightL1MTAPAug 27/18Oct 19/1814108 weeks$400
MillwrightL3MTAPOct 22/18Dec 21/1814108 weeks + PE$4509th week for pre-exam
CarpentryL2CGAPOct 22/18Dec 14/181410
Refrigeration and ACL2RAAPOct 22/18Dec 14/1814108 weeks$400
WelderL1WMAPAug 27/18Nov 2/18141010 weeks$500
WelderL2WFAPNov 5/18Dec 14/1814106 weeks$300
Heavy Duty Equip (Mon)L3HDAPSep 10/18June 10/19146Day release + PE$4505 extra days for pre-exam
Heavy Duty Equip (Tues)L1HDAPSept 11/18Apr 23/19146Day release$400
Heavy Duty Equip (Fri)L2HDAPSept 14/18May 3/19146Day release$400
Winter 2019 External people must pay for the Pre-Exam. This cost does NOT include the gov't fee to write the exam.$600
MillwrightL2MTAPJan 7/19Mar 1/1914108 weeks$400
Carpentry + PEL3CGAPJan 9/19Mar 8/1914109 weeks $4509th week for pre-exam
General MachinistL2GMAPMar 4/19Apr 26/1914108 weeks$400
Refrigeration and ACL3RAAPMar 4/19May 3/1914109 weeks + PE$4509th week for pre-exam
An additional $50 will be added to 3rd year students for the pre-exam 1-week prep course
Dual Credits - OYAPMarch Break 12 - 16
Carpenter L1GCDCFeb 11/19Jne 13/1966Co-op May 14 - Jun 1
Heavy Duty L1CVDCFeb 11/19May 27/1944Co-op May 28 - 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 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