Choose a Trade
The more you know about yourself the better! Explore your interests, talents and abilities and choose the trade that is right for you. Choose a Trade will help you discover opportunities available in the Service Sector, Motive Power Sector, Industrial Sector, and Construction Sector.
It is important that you understand the difference between a “restricted” and “non-restricted” trade as well as the benefits of the Red Seal Program!
It takes interest, specific aptitude, skills and pride in your work if you are expecting a good career with a great future in trades. Click on the links below to see which trade suits you best!
What is a “Restricted” trade?
Some skilled trades have been identified as a “restricted” trade. If a trade is “restricted” it means that any student wishing to learn this trade through OYAP must be signed as a registered apprentice.
With a “non-restricted” trade, students can begin learning the required skills without formally signing with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as an apprentice. Heavy fines to the employer and student could result if a student is found to be practicing a restricted trade without being formally registered.
List of “Restricted” Trades
- Electrician: Construction and Maintenance
- Electrician: Residential and Rural Electrician
- Hoisting Engineer: Mobile Crane Operator
- Hoisting Engineer: Tower Crane Operator
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
- Sheet-Metal Worker
- Alignment and Brakes Technician
- Auto Body & Collision Repairer - Br 1
- Automotive Electronic Accessory Technician
- Automotive Service Technician
- Fuel & Electrical Systems Technician
- Motorcycle Mechanic
- Transmission Technician
- Truck and Coach Technician
- Truck/ Trailer Service Technician
- Water Meter Intaller
Red Seal Trades
The Red Seal endorsement on the Certificates of Qualification and Apprenticeship confirms that the person has achieved a nationally recognized level of competency in the trade.
The Red Seal also means that the person is licensed to practice their trade in any province or territory in Canada.
For more information on the Red Seal Program visit the Red Seal Program Web Site or speak to your OYAP contact.
Red Seal Trades are identified by a red maple leaf on the Apprentceship Chart.