In Ontario, trades are divided into two categories: compulsory trades and non-compulsory trades. The requirements for working in these trades differ depending on the category. For example, compulsory trades typically require a person to complete an apprenticeship program at a trade school in Ontario and pass a certification exam in order to work in that trade. Non-compulsory trades, on the other hand, do not typically have the same requirements for certification.

For trades that have certification exams, a person can earn a Certificate of Qualification by passing the exam. This certificate is valued by employers and can help to demonstrate a person’s knowledge and skills in that trade.

In some cases, it is also possible to earn a Red Seal endorsement on a Certificate of Qualification. The Red Seal Program is a national program that sets common standards for assessing the skills of tradespeople across Canada. The Red Seal endorsement is seen as a mark of excellence and can help to promote workers’ skills to employers, instill pride in their work, and facilitate labour mobility.

Compulsory Trades

Compulsory trades are trades that are regulated by a government agency and require a person to be licensed or certified in order to work in that trade. This typically involves completing an apprenticeship program and passing a certification exam. Compulsory trades are often considered to be more skilled and technical in nature, and the certification is intended to ensure that workers in these trades have the necessary knowledge and skills to work safely and effectively.

Some examples of compulsory trades include electrical work, plumbing, HVAC, and welding. To work in these trades, a person must typically complete an apprenticeship program and pass a certification exam administered by the relevant government agency. In some cases, a person may also need to meet other requirements, such as completing a certain number of hours of on-the-job training or continuing education.

The requirement for certification in compulsory trades in trade schools in Ontario is intended to protect the public by ensuring that workers in these trades have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their work safely and effectively. It also helps to ensure that workers in these trades are qualified and competent, which can improve the overall quality of their work and protect the interests of clients and customers.

Non-Compulsory Trades

Non-compulsory trades, on the other hand, are trades that do not require a license or certification to work in that trade. This means that anyone can work in a non-compulsory trade without completing an apprenticeship or passing a certification exam. However, some non-compulsory trades may still require training or certification to work in certain settings or on certain projects.

Apprenticeship Programs at FTI Ontario Trade School

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