Challenge Certification

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If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

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If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.

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If you have extensive experience working in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you can apply to challenge certification in your trade.

Being approved to challenge means that individuals who meet the criteria for a trade will not be required to go through the full program.  Instead, they will be allowed to become certified by writing and passing the final exam(s).

The requirements to challenge are different for each trade and in each province and territory.

Each trade requires a minimum number of hours of related work experience plus documentation that you have worked in the full scope of the trade.  After you apply to challenge, a Provincial apprenticeship authority will review your work history, talk to your employers and determine if you have the necessary experience to challenge the certification.

Here is the process for challenging a certification or level exam:

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Do your skills, knowledge and experience meet Alberta’s industry standards?

Workers gain their skills, knowledge and experience in different ways. If you have work experience and training in a skilled trade or occupation from another province, territory, country or regulatory authority, you may need to have your credentials recognized in order to work in Alberta.

Alberta recognizes some trade certificates from other provinces or territories, the Department of National Defense Canada and credential-issuing authorities from outside Canada. Workers who hold a recognized trade certificate do not require an Alberta Qualification Certificate to work in the province.

Learn more about the following programs on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website:

  • Trade Qualifier Programs
  • Occupation Certificates
  • Interprovincial Red Seal
  • Foreign National Workers
  • Equivalency Program
  • Verifying Worker Certification
  • Blue Seal Program

British Columbia

If you have extensive experience working in a trade (in B.C. or elsewhere) but have never been certified in Canada, you can apply to challenge certification in your trade. Holders of a Certificate of Qualification inside/outside of BC who wish to write the Red Seal exam need to submit an exam application form.

Being approved to challenge means that individuals who meet the criteria for a trade will not be required to go through the full program.  Instead, they will be allowed to become certified by writing and passing the final exam(s).

The requirements to challenge are different for each trade.  To learn the requirements for your trade, read the Trades Program Profile.

Each trade requires a minimum number of hours of related work experience plus evidence that you have worked in the full scope of the trade.  After you apply to challenge, we will review your work history, talk to your employers and determine if you have the necessary experience to challenge the certification.

Review the process for challenging a certification exam

Apply to Challenge the Certification Exam If you are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a landed immigrant or have work experience from a country outside Canada, and currently reside in Manitoba you may be eligible to apply to challenge the Certificate of Qualification.

Eligibility Requirements

There are three main requirements to become eligible to challenge your certification exam

  • Demonstrated minimum number of years working in the trade: 4.5 years
  • Demonstrated minimum number of hours working in the trade: 7200 hours
  • Demonstrated experience in at least 70% scope of the trade

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Note: If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for your trade, but have some work experience, you still have options through apprenticeship training. Your previous work experience can be assessed through discussions with your employer and the Apprenticeship Training Coordinator assigned to your trade. This assessment may reduce the overall length of your apprenticeship program. Trades Qualifiers – Approved to Challenge

Pre-Arrival Information for:

Internationally Experienced Tradespersons

Former Canadian Military Personnel

Tradespersons are skilled workers who work in one of the voluntary trades and have not entered into an apprenticeship agreement. A tradesperson must work a set number of hours in the trade before they can apply to have their skills assessed as a Trade Qualifier (TQ). If their application is approved, they could then challenge the Journeyperson exam.

These are some important definitions to take note of:

Tradesperson: An individual who is working at one of the non-compulsory designated trades, but is not an apprentice or a journeyperson.

Trade Qualifier (TQ): A tradesperson is a skilled worker who is not a registered apprentice, but has established eligibility to challenge a certification examination.

Once the application for assessment has been approved, the applicant will be eligible to challenge the Journeyperson exam. However, if the application for assessment results in a rejection to challenge the exam, the assessment process will outline any options to take.

Upgrader training for domestic tradespersons only

Upgrader training is available for some trade qualifiers in some trades. This training is not mandatory, but may be available to help prepare trade qualifiers for the exam. It is especially useful if a trade qualifier believes they may not have been exposed to the full scope of the trade during their careers. The Trade Qualifier Assessment process will provide affected tradespersons with their upgrading options. See Form 7 for more information.

Steps for domestic experienced worker assessment application process

If you are an experienced tradesperson looking to become certified or have your work experience recognized towards certification, read this section to learn more about the application and approval process.

Required Experience

7200 on-the-job hours are required to be able to challenge the Certificate of Qualification Examination. Refer to the Designated Occupations and Hourly Requirements Board Order for a list of these requirements.

 Credential Recognition

The Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification branch will assess certificates or licenses that are granted by a regulatory authority if they are in a trade or occupation that is similar in scope to any of the designated occupations in New Brunswick. The Director has the discretion to approve applicants to challenge the certification examination or to recognize the certificate or license based on equivalent standards.

Recreation Vehicle Service Technician profile

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Within Canada

Foreign Credentials

Temporary Foreign Workers  

 

British Columbia/New Brunswick Memorandum of Understanding

Are you a New Brunswick apprentice experiencing difficulty obtaining on-the-job hours in New Brunswick? If you are interested in opportunities in British Columbia, please visit www.workbc.ca/trades to access the British Columbia Apprentice Job Match and other trades‑related links and resources suited to Job Seekers, Apprentices and Employers. The British Columbia Apprentice Job Match service provides a new way to connect apprentices and employers a way to connect online. Jobseekers can identify themselves as an apprentice, and search to find apprentice jobs and receive job alerts. BC employers can add apprentice training and experience information into their job posting to support them in finding qualified apprentices. For more details, please contact your local Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Regional Office.  

Out-of-Province Apprentice Strategy

If you have work opportunities in another Canadian jurisdiction, your working hours accumulated with an out-of-province employer may be credited towards the completion of your NB apprenticeship, providing you meet the eligibility requirements. For more details, please contact your local Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Regional Office.

A Trade Qualifier is a person who meets the jurisdictional requirements to write the certification examination. Requirements include:

  • on-the-job work experience of at least one year in excess of an apprenticeship term for a designated trade; and
  • documentation of work skills that have been verified by a certified journeyperson in the trade. Documentation must also include verification of time and hours.

Steps to apply as a Trade Qualifier in Newfoundland and Labrador

For further information on Registration of Trade Qualifiers, contact the nearest Industrial Training office.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of receiving credit for learning acquired through previous experiences or other formal training. Sources of learning include any learning experience not associated with formal study and any courses taken at an institution that are not recognized through a credit transfer arrangement/agreement. Through RPL apprentices can identify, organize, and describe the things they know and can do, with the goal of receiving credit in an apprenticeship program.

If you have no recent work experience in the trade of your choice, you should contact one of the colleges which offer training in that trade to enroll in an entry-level program. At that time, the college can advise you of their specific RPL practices.

If you have recent work experience, or are currently employed in the trade, you should contact a regional Apprenticeship office and discuss your options with a Program Development Officer.

 

Individuals with Significant Work Experience | Trade Qualifiers

If you have significant experience working hands-on in a trade and can prove that your skills and work experience meet the standards set for a certified skilled tradesperson in Nova Scotia, you may be able to apply under the Trade Qualification Program for approval to write the certification examination.

Follow these steps to determine how to qualify to write the certification exam. Information is also available for Certification of Qualification holders from another jurisdiction, Military QL5.

Atlantic Trades Blue Seal program

 

Trade Equivalency Assessment & Credential Recognition

Recognized Canadian Certificate Holders

If you are a Journeyperson who holds an authorizing certificate issued by another Canadian province or territory in a trade with an equivalent match in Ontario, you can apply to obtain an Ontario Certificate of Qualification in the matched trade without further training or examination.

For information about eligibility, the application process and requirements, or to apply, download the Recognized Canadian Certificate Holder Membership Application Guide and Form.

If you are unsure whether your credential is recognized, email: credentialcheck@collegeoftrades.ca.

 

Experienced Workers (Trade Equivalency Assessment)

The Trade Equivalency Assessment process is for experienced tradespeople who have not completed an Ontario apprenticeship but have equivalent qualifications and experience in a trade, and who want to become eligible to challenge the certification examination to obtain an Ontario Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) and/or become a member of the College.

To be approved, you must provide adequate proof that you have hours of experience and demonstrated skills in your trade that are equal to or exceed the standard of training that an Ontario apprentice receives in completion of an apprenticeship program.

The standard that must be met for each trade is defined by the trade’s Training Standard. To download the Training Standard for your trade, visit: collegeoftrades.ca/training-standards.

For information about eligibility, the application process and requirements, download the Trade Equivalency Assessment Application Guide and Form.

If you have questions after reviewing the application guide, email: tea-app@collegeoftrades.ca or call: 1-855-299-0028 (Monday-Friday, 8:30am- 5:00pm EST).

Canadian Forces Members 

The Trades Qualification Program may provide Yukon journeyperson certification to people have gained the required trade experience but not have been able to take a formal apprenticeship program.

Certificate of Qualification holders from outside of Yukon without a Red Seal endorsement can apply for a Yukon Certification of Qualification.

Trade Certification

If you would like to get a Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade in PEI, you must do one of the following:

  • Successfully complete an apprenticeship program;
  • Successfully challenge the certification exam based on experience in the trade; or
  • Use your certification from another Canadian province or territory to apply for a PEI certificate, providing this trade is available for certification on PEI.

If you have written and passed an interprovincial exam for your trade on PEI, you will also get the Red Seal Endorsement attached to your Certificate of Qualification.

To get approval to challenge the exam, you must submit the Application to Challenge the Recreational Vehicle Service Technician Interprovincial Exam.

More information

In most cases, to obtain a certificate of qualification from Emploi-Québec, you need to have experience and qualifications that meet the examination enrolment conditions.

However, under certain administrative agreements aimed at facilitating labour mobility, the normal qualification procedure is not always compulsory. To find out whether your trade is covered by one of these agreements, see the List of trades.

 

Workforce Skills Recognition Program 

The Workforce Skills Recognition Program is designed for experienced workers who are proficient in a trade governed by a vocational standard and want to obtain certification for their vocational skills.

Only voluntary-qualification trades are covered by the program.