Minimum Required Credits
The minimum required credits for the program are:
- Grade 12 Math
- Grade 12 English
- Grade 11 or 12 Physics or Chemistry
- In addition to the above, you must also hold a valid G class Driver's License
If you are missing one of the minimum required credits, you can contact your local Board of Education to find out about adult, eLearning or self-reliant courses that can be done on your own time for low to no cost.
Search ‘online learning’ for high school credits in Ontario for more Ministry of Education accredited online institutions. We recommend using ILC.org to complete missing credits online.
In addition, the required courses can be taken via the ACE (Academic and Career Entrance) program, which is offered at many accredited colleges in Ontario. The courses may also be taken for free. The Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Math, Grade 11 or 12 Physics and Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry courses in this program are considered equivalent to the required OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) courses.
Please note the high school course requirements are mandatory and proof of completion of these courses or their equivalent is imperative for this program. If you are missing any of these requirements your application will not be accepted.
Additional certifications can be uploaded to your application to improve your overall application score & make you more appealing to hiring contractors should you make it onto our Ready to Hire list. Proof of certifications are required.
- Gas Fitters License (G3, G2, G1)
- Ozone Depletion Prevention Card
- Oil Burners License
- Asbestos Awareness
- Confined Space
- Crane & Slinging Operations
- Electrical Safety and Lockout
- Elevated Work Platform Safety
- Working at Heights
- First Aid / CPR
- Ladder Safety
- Scissors and Man-Lift
- Other Trade Licenses (Electrician, Sheet Metal Worker, etc.)
- Co-Op / OYAP / Experience in the Field
Foreign Credential Assessment Services
For those educated outside of North America, when indicated, original documents plus an official translation in English or French must be assessed by an official assessment service recommended through the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC), a unit of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), and referred by Human Resources and Development Canada:
Service Ontario – Obtain your Ontario Driver’s Licence and related information.
Please note that a valid G driver’s license is one of the mandatory minimum requirements for this program. If you are missing this requirement your application will not be accepted.
Federal Apprenticeship Grants & Loans
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person.
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W)
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $6,000 per person.
Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)
The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a one-time taxable cash grant lifetime amount of $2,000 per person for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification.
Canada Apprentice Loan
Government of Canada offers apprentices registered in a Red Seal Trade apprenticeship program up to $4,000 per period of technical training.
You can get Canada Apprentice Loans for up to 5 periods of technical training.
Your loan will be interest-free for up to 6 years as long as you are confirmed as being registered in a Red Seal Trade apprenticeship program.
You do not have to make any loan payments as long as your loan is in interest-free status.
Employment Insurance for Apprentices
If you have been referred by the Ontario MLTSD to attend full-time technical training (sometimes referred to as block-release training), you may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while unemployed and attending your course.