If you have a Canadian Forces Certificate of Military Achievement with a Qualification Level 5 (QL5) or Developmental Period 2 (DP2) rating in one of nine eligible military trades, you can apply to have it matched to a civilian trade through a streamlined Trade Equivalency Assessment – you will not need to provide detailed evidence of on-the-job experience and trade skills or references. When Skilled Trades Ontario has verified your qualifications, you will be approved to challenge the certifying exam to obtain a Certificate of Qualification.

For more information download the Trade Equivalency Assessment Application Guide and the Trade Equivalency Assessment Application Form or contact us.

Additionally, to support veterans in their transition from military to civilian life, Skilled Trades Ontario provides an exemption from assessment fees. To apply, complete the Canadian Forces Veteran/Reservist Fee Exemption Application Form and submit it with your application.


Military Trade Ontario Civilian Trade(s)
Construction Technician Carpenter
Cook Cook
Electrical Distribution Technician Electrician – Construction and Maintenance
Electrical Technician Industrial Electrician
Material Technician Welder*
Marine Engineering Technician – Industrial Mechanic Millwright
– General Machinist
Plumbing and Heating Technician Plumber
Refrigeration and Mechanical Technician Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Vehicle Technician – Automotive Service Technician
– Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
– Truck and Coach Technician

*Note: Applicants in the trade of Welder must complete the welder practical assessment at a designated testing centre and submit proof of completion as part of their application. Please see the Trade Equivalency Assessment Guide for more information.