How to Become an Apprentice?
To become an apprentice, you first need an employer who agrees to provide you with on-the-job training and allow you to attend the classroom portion of your apprenticeship program. You and your employer will enter into an agreement that must be registered with your provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority.
Employers can be identified through networking, job fairs, advertisements and job banks. It is also a good idea to approach RV dealers in your area and ask about opportunities to apprentice with them. Your employer must officially register you as an apprentice in the RV service technician trade with the provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority.
Academic requirements vary by trade and province/territory, though Grade 12 is recommended for most. The Ellis Chart outlines educational requirements for a variety of trades and jurisdictions.
Contact your Province or Territory to learn more about the steps you and your employer need to follow to get you registered as an apprentice.
6 Steps to your apprenticeship success
STEP 1 Read the program profile for your training program
The program profile gives you a description of the type of work you will do and lists the requirements for your trade. Pay attention to the details like:
- How many levels of technical training you will need to take
- The number of hours you will need to work
- Information about your final certification exam and how you can prepare throughout your apprenticeship
- Other requirements for your program
It’s important that you review your program profile (see links below) carefully as they may be different in each jurisdiction. Talk about it with your employer sponsor so that you both understand the requirements. If anything seems unclear, ask your employer sponsor, or contact the Provincial apprenticeship authority.
STEP 2 Understand the relationship with your sponsor and/or employer
Every registered apprentice has both an employer and a sponsor.
The employer is the person or company who hires you, and pays you for your work.
The sponsor is the individual, company or organization who is registered with the apprenticeship authority, who commits to helping you get opportunities to learn on the job, and reports on your progress.
In most cases, the employer and sponsor are the same person or organization. Sometimes, however, they can be different: for example if a union sponsors you and sends you out to different job sites for work experience. In that case, the union is your sponsor, and the employer is the person you are working for.
STEP 3 Register for training
Sign up for technical training with a recognized training provider. You may find a school in your community, or you may have to travel or relocate for a couple of weeks each year to complete in-school training.
It’s also a good idea to talk to your employer sponsor about the best time to be in school. You will want to confirm, for example, the busiest times for your industry. You want to go to school about once every year so you can get a balance of in-school theory and on- the-job practical experience. Review the class schedule with your employer and choose a course that works for both of you.
STEP 4 Track your hours and work with your employer sponsor to report them to the apprenticeship authority every 3 to 6 months
Do you have experience in the trade or a related trade?
You might be able to get credit towards your apprenticeship for your previous work experience.
Sign into your account often to make sure the hours you have worked have been recorded there. If your hours are not up to date, talk to your employer sponsor.
STEP 5 Pass your final certification exam with 70%
Your final certification exam is usually scheduled at the end of training during your final level of in-school training. You will be tested on the learning of your entire apprenticeship. Your instructor will spend some time on exam preparation, including a review of the theory from all levels of technical training. Take advantage of this review and plan on spending time on your own to prepare.
As a Red Seal designated trade, you will also have the opportunity to challenge the Red Seal exam.
STEP 6 Track your Certification
Once you’ve completed your on-the-job training hours, your technical training and your exams, your apprenticeship authority will ask your employer sponsor and the certified journeyperson who supervised you to sign a Recommendation for Certification form. By signing that form, they are saying that, in their judgment, you are now working at the skill level of a certified tradesperson. Follow up with your employer sponsor to make sure your form is signed off and returned.
Once the apprenticeship authority has received the signed Recommendation for Certification, a certificate package will be sent directly to you.