Learn by doing, and earn at the same time.

Apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade and who enjoy learning by doing. Apprentices are workers, so they earn as they learn.  About 90% of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace by employers. The remainder involves classroom instruction on theory.

The College offers the in-school portion for a variety of apprenticeship programs sponsored by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

Program offerings include:

  • Carpentry Apprentice
  • Millwright (Construction Industrial) Apprentice
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic Apprentice
  • General Machinist Apprentice
  • Welding / Metal Fabricator Apprentice

Depending on the skilled trade you choose, the length of training will vary between two and five years.  There are three levels to complete, and most levels consist of 240 hours. During that time, you will earn a wage based on a percentage of a journeyperson’s wages.

2019-2020 Revised Cambrian College Seat Plan

Revised April 18, 2019
# of DaysClassroom FeePlanned Max
Fall 2019
General Machining - 429AL1GMAPAug 26/19Oct 18/1940$400
General Machining + PE - 429AL3GMAPOct 21/19Dec 13/1945$4501018
Millwright - 433AL2MTAPAug 26/19Oct 18/1940$4001018
Millwright - 433AL1MTAPOct 21/19Dec 13/1940$4001018
Welder/Metal Fab 456A/437AL1WMAPSept 16/19Nov. 22/1950$5001018
Heavy Duty Equip - 421A (TUES)L1HDAPSep 10/19Apr 19/2040$4001018
Heavy Duty Equip. (WED)L2HDAPSep 11/19April 19/2040$4001018
Heavy Duty Equip. + PE (THURS)L3HDAPSep 12/19May 24/2045$4501018
General Carpentry - 403AL1CGAPOct 21/19Dec 13/1940$4001018
Refrigeration/AC -313A and 313DL1RAAP/RRAPOct 21/19Dec 13/1940$4001018
Winter 2020
Carpenter + PEL3CGAPJan 06/20Mar 20/2045$4501018
Millwright + PEL3MTAPJan 06/20Mar 20/2045$4501018
Refrigeration/AC - 313DL1RRAPJan 06/20Mar 09/2040$4001018
Refrigeration/AC - 313AL2RAAPMar 09/20May 8/2040$4001018
Welder 456A (TBD)L2WFAP/MFAPJan 20/20Feb 28/2030$3001018
Welder 456A +PEL3WMAPMar 02/20May 1/2045$4501018
OYAP - 2020
Heavy Duty - 421ACVDCFebJune4
General Carpenter - 403AGCDCFebJune6
Metal Fabricator 456AMFDCFebJune4


The classroom fee for most apprenticeships (Carpentry, Millwright, Heavy Duty, and General Machinist) is $400 per level with the exception of Welding / Metal Fabricator.

Metal Fabricator
Level 1 $50010 weeks / 300 hoursLevel 1$50010 weeks / 300 hours
Level 2 $3006 weeks / 180 hoursLevel 2$3507 weeks / 210 hours
Level 3 $4008 weeks / 240 hoursLevel 3$3507 weeks / 210 hours

Qualifications and requirements

  • Most trades require completion of an OSSD or its equivalent.
  • You must be a resident of Ontario.
  • You must be sponsored as an apprentice.

Credits for academic and skill achievements

Apprentices who have previous work experience and education may be able to receive credits/exemptions which could reduce the duration of their apprenticeship. Otherwise individuals who wish to challenge the in-school apprenticeship program can write exemption exams at all levels. These examinations are available at all community colleges in the province.

Books and tools

Students will have to purchase books for the first level that will carry through to levels two and three.

The college will provides a list of required tools for your program. Some apprentices may be able to loan tools from their employer and some may be required to buy their own tools. The Government of Ontario offers a ‘Loans for Tools’ program to all new apprentices in order to assist them with the cost of purchasing the tools and equipment which they need for their trade.

Apprenticeship completion

You will receive an academic transcript from the Enrolment Centre for each of your levels. Upon completion of level three, you will also obtain a Cambrian College certificate. You will be invited to attend Convocation.

Red Seal designation

The Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in Trades across Canada. Not all skills training programs have a Red Seal designate. Visit the Red Seal website to see which trades are designated.

Helpful links / resources

How to apply

Contact the local Employment Ontario apprenticeship office to get help finding a sponsor. If you already have a sponsor, you can apply online.


Apprenticeship Office
159 Cedar Street, Suite 506
Sudbury, ON  Canada  P3E 6A5

Toll-free:  1-800-603-5999
Telephone:  705-564-3030


Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities
17th Floor – Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, ON  Canada  M7A 1L2

Toll-free: 1-800-387-5514
Telephone: 416-325-2929
Fax: 416-325-6348