Certification

Ontario has a number of regulated professions. A licence is required to work in these fields in Ontario. Ontario also has numerous recognized trades, some of which require mandatory certification.


Compulsory Trades

There are a number of trades where only registered apprentices or certified journey persons can practice in the trade.

Compulsory Trades are governed by legislation. They require:

  • a Certificate of Apprenticeship and
  • a Certificate of Qualification (C/Q)

Voluntary Trades

Individuals can work in the certain trades without being registered or licenced, but there is the possibility that many employers and unions may still ask you for a Certificate of Qualification.

Voluntary Trades are governed by legislation. They require:

  • a Certificate of Apprenticeship only

List of Compulsory and Voluntary Trades in Ontario


How to Attain a Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification (C of Q)

  • Upon completion of in-school training through an apprenticeship program, apprentices receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship.
  • Upon passing the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Certificate of Qualification exam, the apprentice receives a Certificate of Qualification.
  • Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels (trade specific) depending on their level of expertise and amount of time spent on that trade specific job. Applicants may contact the local Ministry office for assessment.

Book a C of Q Exam

To learn more about how to book a C of Q exam, visit the Ontario College of Trades.