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If you have completed an Ontario apprenticeship program in a trade that has a certifying exam, your next step is to write that exam to obtain a Certificate of Qualification.

When you are issued a Certificate of Apprenticeship by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Skilled Trades Ontario will automatically issue you a 12-month Provisional Certificate of Qualification.

In a compulsory trade, this Provisional Certificate of Qualification allows you to continue working legally in the trade for up to 12 months while you work to pass the certifying exam and your information will continue to appear on the Public Register.

Schedule your certifying exam

If your Provisional Certificate of Qualification is about to expire, you may be eligible for an extension. To apply:

  • Complete the online form
  • Or

  • Mail a completed copy of the PDF form to:
    Skilled Trades Ontario
    PO Box 20009 RPO Bay Adelaide
    Toronto ON M5H 0A1

Your application for an extension:

  • Will not be considered if it is received more than two months before the expiry date.
  • Must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the day that your Provisional Certificate of Qualification expires. Applications submitted after that date and time will not be considered.