Apprenticeship training application

If you want to become an apprentice and:

  • have a sponsor or employer who has agreed to provide you with apprenticeship training in a specific trade, and
  • you are at least 18 years old

you can use this website to submit your online apprenticeship training application and start the apprenticeship registration process.

Applying for Registration as an Apprentice

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job and in-school training that takes between 2-5 years to complete, depending on the trade.

To apply, you must have a sponsor (usually your employer) who has agreed to provide you with apprenticeship training. If you do not have a sponsor and want to learn more about apprenticeship training or get help finding a sponsor, please visit, or contact your local Ontario apprenticeship office. If you have previously applied for this trade, you can change your sponsor.

Once you have a sponsor, there are three steps in the apprenticeship registration process:

Step One:
Complete an apprenticeship training application and submit it to an Employment Ontario apprenticeship office. You can do this online through this submission form or by downloading and filling out a paper application.

Step Two:
Wait for someone from the Employment Ontario apprenticeship office to contact you and your sponsor about signing and registering a Training Agreement.

Step Three:
Once your training agreement is registered with the province, apply for membership to the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Ontario College of Trades for more information.

How to submit your apprenticeship application

You can submit your apprenticeship training application online, and complete Step One of the apprenticeship registration process right here. It takes about 10 minutes to complete the application.

Please note: you cannot save your application and complete or edit it later. You must complete and submit it in one session.

To make sure you can complete the application in one session, please have the following information about you and your sponsor or employer with you before you start:

  • Social Insurance Number
  • Mailing address, including your postal code
  • Your telephone number(s) and email address
  • Full legal name of your sponsor or employer
  • Mailing address for your sponsor, including postal code
  • Sponsor telephone number
  • First and last name of the contact for your sponsor
  • Sponsor contact phone number and email address
  • The date you started with this sponsor
  • Number of regular working or training hours per week
  • Employer/Sponsor ID number* (if your sponsor has ever registered an apprentice, he or she will have an ID # issued by the Training, Colleges and Universities)
  • Proof of Age, SIN and Education/Training

*Although you do not have to provide your sponsor’s ID number in order to submit the application, including it helps us find the right sponsor in our database, which will speed up the application process. Your sponsor can call any Employment Ontario office that delivers apprenticeship services and easily get this number if he or she does not already have it.

Proof of age, social insurance number (SIN) and education/training documentation

As part of your apprenticeship training application online submission, you can upload proof of your age, Social Insurance Number (SIN) and education/training now.

Uploading proof documentation will result in faster processing of your application. Please note: all three documents must be uploaded in order to complete this option.

If you do not wish to submit this documentation electronically, you must provide proof documentation to an Employment Ontario office after this online submission.

To upload, please have your proof of age, SIN and education/training documents scanned and ready for uploading. Only files with extension ['png', 'jpg', 'jpeg', 'pdf'] can be uploaded. Maximum file size allowed per each attachment is 10 MB.

The following documents are acceptable forms of documentation:

Proof of age
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Driver's licence
  • Passport (valid or expired)
  • Nexus card
  • Ontario / Canadian registration licence
  • Ontario photo card (new Ontario ID card)
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Naturalization (not commemorative issue)
  • Government of Canada certificate of Indian or Métis status
  • Current identity document issued by a Canadian government ministry or agency with a vigorous registration or security clearance process (OPP or RCMP security check)
Proof of SIN
  • SIN card
  • Government income tax form
  • Record of employment (ROE)
Proof of education/training
  • GED certificate - Canadian
  • GED certificate - foreign (accredited)
  • High school diploma - Canadian
  • High school diploma - foreign (accredited)
  • Postsecondary diploma - Canadian
  • Postsecondary diploma - foreign (accredited)
  • Trade certificate - Canadian
  • Trade certificate - foreign (accredited)
  • Academic transcript
  • Upgrading certificate - Canadian
  • Upgrading certificate - Ontario

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