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Ontario HVACR First Year Apprenticeship Intake Program


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The Apprentice Intake Committee will accept applications on this site for the First Year Apprenticeship Intake Program annually for intake one, opening December 1 until February 28 and for intake two from May 1 until June 30.

The highest scoring applicants will be contacted by email to write the Math & Science and Mechanical Aptitude tests. If you did not qualify for testing you will be contacted via email by the Committee by March 31 (intake one) or by July 31 (intake two). You will not be considered for the program for that intake period.

You must be accepted to this program in order to be hired and work as a first year apprentice for a unionized HVACR contractor in Ontario. Once accepted and hired, candidates then become UA Local 787 apprentice members. This program is not for those already registered as 313 (A or D) apprentices.

If you do not receive a formal acceptance email from the Apprentice Intake Committee, even after completing all stages of the Apprentice Intake Program, you did not qualify.

Please note that all formal communication regarding your application is sent via email. Due to privacy concerns, we can only discuss the details of your application with you. Please contact us if you require more information.




Prior to applying, all applicants are required to successfully complete all mandatory minimum requirements (or pre-approved equivalencies, please click here for more information). In order to pass pre-qualification and link to the application, proof of successful completion of all mandatory minimum requirements is required; YOU MUST upload your high school and college transcripts, official foreign course assessments, college course equivalency letter(s), certificates, licenses to your application in order to be considered. Applications that do not have uploaded supporting documents for all requirements will not be considered. The following mandatory minimum requirements must be successfully obtained prior to completing your application;


Minimum Grade 12 Secondary School Graduation Diploma as established by the Ontario Ministry of Education (or equivalent for those educated outside Canada), including;

  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C, ENG4U, ENG4E, ENG4G, ENG4A, ENGOA),
  • Grade 12 Math (MCT4C, MAP4C, MGA4U, MDM4U, MCV4U, MHF4U, MTT4G, MAT4A, MEL4E)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Physics (SPH3U, SPH4C, SPH4U, SPH4G, SPH4A, SPHOA), OR
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (SCA3G, SCH3A, SCH3U, SCH4U, SCH4C, SCHOA).

If you have all the educational requirements but the course codes on your high school transcript are not listed above, click ‘Contact us’ above for verification. Inquiries will be responded to within 1 to 2 business days by clicking on ‘Contact us’ above. Neither ORAC nor the UA Local 787 can respond to telephone inquiries.

Many Ontario HVACR college programs now offer equivalency letters to their graduates for the above course work already covered in HVACR programs. Request letters of equivalency from your HVACR professors or program coordinators, indicate ‘equivalency’ in the field for the required course(s) and make sure you upload the letter (and all other documents) to your application.


All applicants must have a valid Ontario unrestricted class “G” driver’s licence and be willing to produce a driving abstract from the Ministry of Transportation, if requested. If you do not yet have the “G” licence, you must obtain it to be accepted into this program.


All applicants shall be in the physical condition to perform all aspects of the work of the refrigeration and air conditioning trade.




The highest scoring applicants will be selected and contacted by email to be tested by March 31 (intake one) or July 31 (intake two). If you have not been contacted by email by those dates, you have not been selected for the program this year. Testing and interview dates cannot be rescheduled.

Once testing is completed, the Apprentice Intake Committee will review both the application and test scores. Only those with the top application and test scores combined, will be contacted by email to be interviewed. Upon a full evaluation of the top combined application, test results, interview results and grand total scores by the Committee, the overall highest scoring applicants will be accepted to the First year Apprenticeship Program as candidates and will be placed on the ‘Available for hire’ list. This list is accessible all year long by ORAC members on the website and by UA Local 787 member contractors by request through the above ‘Contact us’ section.

Governed by the current Collective Agreements, all potential first year apprentices must first apply during the annual intake period, be accepted to this program and be approved by the Apprentice Intake Committee, in order to be hired as a first year apprentice by any signatory UA Local 787 contractor. Candidates on the list will be contacted directly for interviews by the contractors and if selected, must be hired as first year apprentices as per the hiring date noted on their offer letters. Hiring processes as outlined by ORAC and the UA Local 787 must be followed.

Candidates remain on the list for a maximum of two years. After two years, they can request to extend their time on the ‘Available for hire’ list for a period of one year. After two years or after the requested one year extension, candidates must reapply to the program. There is a $50 fee for a one year extension on the ‘Available for hire’ list. Please go to the Contact Us page to request more information.


The first group of highest scoring GTA program applicants will be processed (tested/interviewed) in February and those accepted will be eligible for hire on the list as of the first week of March. The second GTA group will be processed in March and eligible for hire on the list as of the first week of April. Southwestern and Eastern Ontario accepted candidates will be contacted for testing and interviewing in early April and will be eligible for hire on the list by late April and early May. Northern Ontario applicants must apply during the intake period and will be processed on an as needed basis. Applicants being considered for intake two will be processed in July and August.

This process is designed to ensure applicants meet the requirements of the HVACR trade and to provide contractors with a list of highly qualified first year apprentices, available all year long. All applicants must first apply and be accepted to this intake process prior to beginning any employment as a first year apprentice with all ORAC & UA Local 787 member contractors. Please note that completing this process does not guarantee acceptance into the First Year Apprenticeship Program, employment or an apprenticeship. Any false statement made on this application is sufficient grounds for rejection of the application.




There is a $75 fee (+ HST) to apply and if you are selected to be tested, there is an additional testing administration fee of $275.00 (+ HST) that must be paid prior to testing. All fees are non-refundable.

** Current UA Local 787 members who supply uploaded proof (membership card) indicating they have been paying dues for at least one year, are exempt from paying the fees.