How to Apply for Newfoundland Apprenticeship Program


For a start, the Newfoundland apprenticeship program is the formal training system for all traders, especially amateur traders. This program helps individuals to combine on the job training with in-school training. The aim of this is to produce qualified and certified journeypersons.

Meanwhile, you can as well earn money while you learn under the Newfoundland apprenticeship program. 

For an apprenticeship program, you may take up to four years. Though, sometimes, it can be less depending on the type of trade. 

Furthermore, you can either enrol for online training or in-class training. However, only five trades offer online training. Therefore, you must check if your trade allows online training. 

Meanwhile, as a newcomer in Newfoundland, you may need the following documents for easy settling in Canada. They include:

Newfoundland apprenticeship program

The Newfoundland apprenticeship program is organised by the province to give the necessary training to workers, especially new workers in the province. With this training, new workers get the necessary skills and training they need to survive in the province. Therefore, when you come into the province, you must register for a program. 

Nevertheless, this training is only for candidates who want to pursue a career in a skilled occupation. Therefore, it is very important to have this training. 

However, sometimes, you may not need a Newfoundland apprenticeship program to work in the province. Though, this is only applicable to non-skilled workers. 

Furthermore, when it comes to the Newfoundland apprenticeship program, you have the opportunity of either having your training online or in the classroom. 

Categories of trades under the Newfoundland apprenticeship program

Generally, the Newfoundland apprenticeship program is categorized into five groups according to the designated trades in Newfoundland and Labrador fall.

Therefore, whenever you are planning to register for the program, you will need to know the category your occupation falls into. The categories include the following:

Interprovincial Trades

This category of trades allow the candidate to get an interprovincial Red Seal endorsement, thus, the holder can move from one province to another. In other words, this category allows the mobility of labour. Further speaking, you can work in other provinces/territories without having to write further examinations.  

Provincial Trades

Another category of the Newfoundland apprenticeship program is the provincial trade. In this category, you may get non-Red Seal trades designated provincially for training and/or certification only when the local needs them.

Training and certification

In addition, there is also training and certification. This allows for both training and certification for these trades in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Certification only

The final category is the certification only category. Generally, there is no training on these trades. However, individuals may request to write a certification exam for these trades.  

List of the designated trade

The following are the list of designated trades in the Newfoundland apprenticeship program. Therefore, you may need training depending on the category of the trade. The trades include:  

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician   
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
  • Auto Body and Collision Technician    
  • Appliance Service Technician   
  • Automotive Refinishing Technician   
  • Automotive Service Technician   
  • Baker   
  • Boilermaker   
  • Boom Truck Operator           
  • Bricklayer   
  • Cabinetmaker   
  • Carpenter   
  • Concrete Finisher   
  • Construction Craft Worker   
  • Construction Electrician   
  • Cook       
  • Drywall Finisher and Plasterer   
  • Electric Motor System Technician   
  • Floor Covering Installer   
  • Gasfitter – Class A
  • Gasfitter – Class B   
  • Glazier   
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician   
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Hair Stylist           
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (Dozer)   
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator)
  • Industrial Electrician   
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (Tractor-Loader-Backhoe)
  • Industrial Mechanic(Millwright)   
  • Instrumentation and Control Technician
  • Ironworker (Generalist)
  • Insulator (Heat and Frost)       
  • Ironworker (Reinforcing)   
  • Ironworker(Structural/Ornamental)   
  • Landscape Horticulturist   
  • Lather(Interior Systems Mechanic)   
  • Machinist   
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter)   
  • Mobile Crane Operator   
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Oil Heat System Technician   
  • Painter and Decorator       
  • Parts Technician   
  • Plumber   
  • Powerline Technician   
  • Power Systems Operator   
  • Process Operator       
  • Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic       
  • Residential Electrician   
  • Rig Technician       
  • Roofer   
  • Sheet Metal Worker   
  • Small Equipment Service Technician   
  • Sprinkler Fitter       
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter   
  • Stonemason       
  • Tile Setter       
  • Tool and Die Maker   
  • Tower Crane Operator
  • Transport Trailer Technician   
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic
  • Welder

How to apply for the Newfoundland apprenticeship program

The steps below will help you to enrol for a Newfoundland apprenticeship program. Therefore, whenever you plan to work in the province, you can follow the steps. 

Step 1: Find an employer

First of all, you must find an employer who is willing to take you. Moreover, when finding an employer, the employer must have a certified journeyperson in the trade of your interest. That is, the employer must be certified to work in the trade in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Of course, the journeyperson will automatically become both a mentor and instructor to you on the job. In addition, the person will give you all the information you need and will directly supervise your work-based training. 

Therefore, without a certified journeyperson, you won’t receive credit for hours worked and skills obtained. Currently, it is a ratio of one journeyperson to two apprentices.  

Step 2: Sign a memorandum of understanding

Secondly, you must sign a memorandum of understanding. This is generally, a written agreement entered into between two persons. Therefore, you and a Newfoundland and Labrador employer must sign this agreement.

This will contain the terms of conditions under which you agree to learn an occupation based on the on-the-job training as outlined in a plan of training.

Therefore, every apprentice must sign an MOU with the employer at the start of employment. Also, whenever there is a transfer from one employer to another, there will still be a need to sign an MOU.

Step 3: Register to become an apprentice

Thirdly, you must as well register to become an apprentice in Newfoundland. This is done once you have secured your employment.

Therefore, as you get your employment, you will need to complete an apprenticeship application. Then, together with it, you will submit the original transcript of your grades from either your post-secondary trades program or high school to the Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division (ATCD) office nearest you. 

Step 4: Receive a registration card and apprenticeship logbook

Fourthly, once you have submitted your application and the supporting documents, you will get a registration card.

With the card, you will become a registered apprentice in the province. So, you will receive the following documents as proof of your registration and acceptance as an apprentice. They include:

  • notification of acceptance to apprenticeship, 
  • apprenticeship registration card 
  • official apprenticeship logbook.

Step 5: Complete in-school training when required

Finally, you must complete an in-school training, though only when required. Therefore, you must make inquiries to know if your trade requires that.

Nevertheless, only registered apprenticeships are eligible to attend advanced-level training. However, you must log in for a stipulated number of hours for each level of your trade to qualify for the training. 

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Newfoundland apprenticeship program training 

Before you can qualify for any trade-in Newfoundland and Labrador, you must engage in training. Therefore, you will need the following information about the Newfoundland apprenticeship program. 

Apprenticeship Level Training

This involves in-school training where you will get training from experts for some hours. Usually, you must get training for each level of trade.

Mostly, this training is scheduled by an Apprenticeship Program Officer. However, you must have acquired the required number of employment hours as an apprentice in Newfoundland.

Newfoundland apprenticeship online training

Sometimes, you may have the option to train online.  Thus, it can replace in-class training. Therefore, if the in-class training will not be suitable for you, you can opt for online training.

Meanwhile, online learning is highly interactive, including regular interaction with instructors and classmates as well as the use of simulation software.

However, only five trades have online training available for now. They include: 

  • Automotive Service Technician  (Academy Canada)
  • Plumber  (College of the North Atlantic)
  • Construction Electrician (College of the North Atlantic)
  • Welder (College of the North Atlantic)
  • Carpenter (College of the North Atlantic)

Benefits of online training for apprentices

Enrolling on online training have the following advantages: 

  • First of all, it allows you to work while completing required training
  • Secondly, you do not have to spend weeks away from home/family for training
  • Thirdly, it is accessible from anywhere once you have access to an internet connection.

Request for change in location of training

Sometimes, during certain changes in plan, apprentices scheduled for advanced level training may request a change of training location. However, they may need to complete a request for a change in the location of the training form. 

Refusal to attend training 

Whenever, there is a situation where an apprentice refuses to attend training, especially in-school training, the apprenticeship program may be cancelled. Therefore, you must make sure that you attend your training whenever it is scheduled.

However, if you have a need, you can contact an Apprenticeship Program Officer for additional information.

Requests will be reviewed on an individual basis, therefore, you must present your case before it can be reviewed. Otherwise, your apprenticeship may be cancelled. 

Specialized training 

When there is a need, specialized training may be organized to meet specific needs. Generally, this is in response to large scale projects where specialized work must be completed. Therefore, a journeyperson will need some flexibility to accomplish this. 

Newfoundland apprenticeship program board

The body responsible for the  Newfoundland apprenticeship program is the Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division (ATCD).

Therefore, they are responsible for apprenticeship training and certification programs in Newfoundland and Labrador. This means that individuals pursuing a career in a skilled trade must contact them in their office. 

Newfoundland apprenticeship office

To contact the ATCD, you will need to meet the officers at their head office or other offices across Newfoundland and Labrador. The address below is the Head office: 

Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division

P.O. Box 8700, 

1170 Topsail Road, 

Mount Pearl, NL 

A1B 4J6   

Telephone: 1-709-729-2729

Toll-Free: 1-877-771-3737 

Fax: 1-709-729-5878.



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