Initial Assessment

Skilled Trades Ontario’s Trade Equivalency Assessment is the first step towards obtaining a Certificate of Qualification for experienced workers who have not completed an Ontario apprenticeship but who have equivalent skills and experience. The Trade Equivalency Assessment determines whether you can challenge the certifying exam for a trade. If successful in the exam, you would pay a fee to be issued a Certificate of Qualification in that trade. The Trade Equivalency Assessment is only available in trades with certifying exams.

The Trade Equivalency assessment may be for you if you have trades experience gained from:

Trade Equivalency Assessment applicants are held to the same on-the-job training standard that is required to complete an apprenticeship program in Ontario. To be approved, you must provide sufficient and verifiable evidence that you have:

  • Competency in the trade’s skills, as defined by the trade’s Training Standard; and
  • Experience in the trade that is at least equal to the prescribed or recommended total training time in an apprenticeship program for the trade (including both on-the-job and in-school hours)

The cost of a Trade Equivalency Assessment is $235 + HST.

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


You may apply for Trade Equivalency Reassessment if you:

  • already completed an initial Trade Equivalency Assessment, and
  • received a letter from Skilled Trades Ontario notifying you that you were not approved, and
  • now have additional evidence, documentation or references to provide in support of your application.

To apply for a reassessment you must submit a completed Reassessment Application Form to Skilled Trades Ontario along with your new documentation/information and pay the required reassessment fee.

The cost of a reassessment is $100 + HST.