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Apprenticeship or Challenge?

So you’ve decided that you would like to achieve certification in your trade. The next step is determining which pathway is right for you. Depending on your background and current situation, there are two options: complete an apprenticeship or challenge the certification.

Both pathways require that you gain experience on the job, take training to learn the skills, and complete an assessment process, but how you do that is really up to you. Let’s walk through your two options.

Apprenticeship

You have limited work experience and want formal training as well as mentorship on-the-job to work towards a credential.

How it's done and Details (Click to expand)

 

  How it's done Details
Training In school at a designated training provider Entry can be through a school Foundation program of several months or through work with training once a year for 4-6 weeks
Work Experience On the job with either a Red Seal supervisor or someone with the ITA designated supervision and sign off authority Hours recorded by sponsor in ITA Direct Access
Assessments Conducted by training provider at the end of each level of school Provincial written and/or practical as required
Achievements Successfully Achieve:
  • school training
  • work experience hours
  • assessment(s)
  • sign off by sponsor
Receive two certificates:
  • Provincial Certificate of Apprenticeship (C of A)
  • Provincial Certificate of Qualification (with Red Seal endorsement if applicable) C of Q

 

Resources

The Who and What of Apprenticeship
Apprentice's Role and Responsibilities
ITA’s Apprenticeship Basics

 

Challenge

You have substantial experience in the trade, with a variety of employers that may or may not have had recognized credentials. Challenging is about demonstrating your knowledge and skills.

How it's done and Details (Click to expand)

 

  How it's done Details
Training Informal on-the-job or part-time non-designated courses Must demonstrate the required scope of trade experience
Work Experience On-the-job with a variety of certified or non-certified owners, managers, supervisors or peers Minimum number of documented hours required, signed by former employer(s) or notarized and completed by you if self-employed or past employer(s) unable to complete
Assessments Conducted at an ITA-designated assessment venue by a designated assessor Provincial written and/or practical as required
Achievements Successfully Achieve:
  • workplace hours required
  • scope of trade experience
  • written and or practical assessment(s)
Receive Provincial Certificate of Qualification (with Red Seal endorsement if applicable) C of Q

 

Resources

How to Challenge a Cook Credential
How to Challenge Baker
How to Challenge Meatcutter
How to Challenge Tidal Angling Guide

 

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