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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Important Definitions

What is an apprenticeship?​
An apprenticeship is an educational pathway that combines on-the-job training, work experience and technical training that leads to certification in many trades. These trades include everything from: automotive service technician to electrician to hairstylist. 

Apprenticeships begin once a student signs a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) with an approved sponsor/employer. If a student is not yet 18 years old, they must also have parental permission to proceed with the RTA process. ​ 

What is an RTA?​​​
Some OYAP participants, who meet the eligibility criteria (as mentioned above), may have the opportunity to enter into a training agreement with a sponsor and register this agreement with MLTSD. This is referred to as a Registered Training Agreement (RTA). 

The signing of an RTA is dependent upon finding an employer who is willing to sponsor an OYAP participant. ​

What is a TDA?
​​​​​​A Training Delivery Agent (TDA) is a ministry approved training provider (usually a local college or private institution) who have skilled tradespeople qualified to deliver the "in-school" Apprenticeship Training Standards for a specific trade. The skills training provided by all TDAs meets industry standards and prepares apprentices for successful completion of the Certificate of Apprenticeship and/or the Certificate of Qualification. ​

What​ is a Certificate of Apprenticeship?  

When you complete your training as an apprentice, you get a Certificate of Apprenticeship which proves you've met the requirements for your trade. This certificate proves you've met both mandatory training standards and required hours of training. 

What is a Certificate of Qualification?​
A Certificate of Qualification​​ (CofQ) is required for some skilled trade professions. With a Certificate of Qualification, you may be able to secure better pay, have more job opportunities and/or take on more responsibility on the job site.

What is a voluntary trade?​
​​​​​​A trade in which certification and Ontario College of Trades membership are not legally required to practice the trade. ​

What is a compulsory trade?​
A trade in which registration as an apprentice, journeyperson candidate or certification as a journeyperson is mandatory. 

For a full list of voluntary and compulsory trades – click here​. ​

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