Skilled Trades
To work in a compulsory certification trade, a person must either hold a recognized trade certificate or be a registered apprentice in the trade. To help speed up this process before coming to Canada: Each province has different rules for skilled trades.
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Skilled Trades

In a skilled trade and coming to Canada?

In Canada, trades are divided into two main categories:

  • Compulsory
  • Optional

These terms vary from province to province across Canada (designated, regulated etc.).

Compulsory Certification Trades
To work in a compulsory certification trade, a person must either hold a recognized trade certificate or be a registered apprentice in the trade. An employer wishing to hire persons to work in the trade must hire only certified journeypersons in that trade or apprentices registered in the trade and working under the supervision of a certified journeyperson. Compulsory certification trades usually involve work where public and worker safety needs to be closely monitored.

If your trade falls under the ‘compulsory, designated, or regulated’ category then you must get
trade certification.

To help speed up this process before coming to Canada: Each province has different rules around
this, but in general, you can start the application process whilst still in Ireland, and then sit the
exam when you arrive in Canada. Once again, depending on the provincial standards, experience, and trade the application process may be halted until you arrive in Canada.

Ontario
Alberta
British Columbia
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Quebec
New Brunswick
PEI
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland & Labrador
The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program