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 2018
|Revised April 26, 2018||5 extra days|
|Welder||L3||WFAP||Apr 30/18||June 29/18||14||10||8 weeks||$400||9th week for pre-exam|
|Heavy Duty (Mon)||L3||HDAP||Apr 2/18||June 18/18||10||PE (1 day/week)||$0||Carry over|
|Heavy Duty (Tues)||L1||HDAP||Apr 3/18||May 29/18||9||$0||Carry over|
|Heavy Duty (Fri)||L2||HDAP||Apr 6/18||June 8/18||7||$0||Carry over|
|General Machinist||L1||GMAP||Aug 27/18||Oct 19/18||14||10||8 weeks||$400|
|Millwright||L1||MTAP||Aug 27/18||Oct 19/18||14||10||8 weeks||$400|
|Millwright||L3||MTAP||Oct 22/18||Dec 21/18||14||10||8 weeks + PE||$450||9th week for pre-exam|
|Carpentry||L2||CGAP||Oct 22/18||Dec 14/18||14||10|
|Refrigeration and AC||L2||RAAP||Oct 22/18||Dec 14/18||14||10||8 weeks||$400|
|Welder||L1||WMAP||Aug 27/18||Nov 2/18||14||10||10 weeks||$500|
|Welder||L2||WFAP||Nov 5/18||Dec 14/18||14||10||6 weeks||$300|
|Heavy Duty Equip (Mon)||L3||HDAP||Sep 10/18||June 10/19||14||6||Day release + PE||$450||5 extra days for pre-exam|
|Heavy Duty Equip (Tues)||L1||HDAP||Sept 11/18||Apr 23/19||14||6||Day release||$400|
|Heavy Duty Equip (Fri)||L2||HDAP||Sept 14/18||May 3/19||14||6||Day 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|
|Millwright||L2||MTAP||Jan 7/19||Mar 1/19||14||10||8 weeks||$400|
|Carpentry + PE||L3||CGAP||Jan 9/19||Mar 8/19||14||10||9 weeks||$450||9th week for pre-exam|
|General Machinist||L2||GMAP||Mar 4/19||Apr 26/19||14||10||8 weeks||$400|
|Refrigeration and AC||L3||RAAP||Mar 4/19||May 3/19||14||10||9 weeks + PE||$450||9th week for pre-exam|
|An additional $50 will be added to 3rd year students for the pre-exam 1-week prep course|
|Dual Credits - OYAP||March Break 12 - 16|
|Carpenter||L1||GCDC||Feb 11/19||Jne 13/19||6||6||Co-op May 14 - Jun 1|
|Heavy Duty||L1||CVDC||Feb 11/19||May 27/19||4||4||Co-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.
|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
- Become Tradesperson
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