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What is an Apprenticeship? (from

Apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary training that teaches the skills and competencies necessary to perform tasks to an industry standard.  Apprenticeship training provides the opportunity for hands-on learning under the direction of a certified journeyperson, with the ability to earn while you learn.  The training combines alternating periods of on-the-job (80 to 85%) and technical training (15 to 20%).  Technical training can occur at a college, a union training centre, a private trainer or online.  Once the apprentice has completed the required hours and/or modules for the trade, the apprentice can write a certification exam.  Apprenticeship is regulated by the provinces and territories, creating 13 unique systems geared to the labour market needs and conditions in each region of Canada.

Canada also has a standard of excellence known as the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. It is offered in 55 trades. Through the Program, tradespersons obtain an endorsement on their provincial/territorial certificates by successfully completing an interprovincial exam, making it easier for them to move between provinces or territories, and employers.

CNLA is a proud Apprenticeship Supporter for Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF).  For 15 years, CAF has been providing research; facilitating dialogue and promoting apprenticeship by creating opportunities to share successes and talk about common issues.  They have contributed to local, regional and national solutions as a non-profit connecting Canada's apprenticeship community.

Follow this link for more resources on apprenticeship >


  • Apprenticeship Fact Sheet
  • Apprenticeship Incentives
  • Employer Toolkit
  • Canadian Apprenticeship Forum workshops
  • An Apprenticeship Success Story
  • Preparing for the Red Seal Exam
  • Specialist High Skills Major Fact Sheet
  • Writing your C of Q Exam


Canada Apprentice Loan (January 8, 2015):

What's the Deal with Red Seal?: a series of FAQs on the Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist designation

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