Trades Today
Inside the Summer Issue - How a military veteran built a career in the skilled trades, following a tour in Afghanistan. Read the full story.

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Protecting the Public
One of the main responsibilities of the Ontario College of Trades is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of a compulsory trade have the training and certification require to legally practise this trade in Ontario. To learn more about how the College is protecting you, click here.

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Earn While You Learn
New dynamic youth-focused website that features inspirational videos and stories from apprentices and certified skilled trades professionals talking about what made them pursue a rewarding career in the trades. Discover the exciting ways you can ‘earn while you learn’ in one of Ontario’s 156 skilled trades.

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Why Join the College
Members have a competitive edge – through the public register, consumers will be confident that the members they are dealing with are certified to high industry standards. Qualified tradespeople have worked hard for their credentials. As a College, we’ll protect and promote that competitive edge. Learn more.
Trades in Ontario
The Ontario College of Trades currently regulates 156 skilled trades, of which 22 are compulsory, meaning only certified (licensed) workers, journeypersons, journeyperson candidates or registered apprentices can work in that trade. To view the full listing of Trades in Ontario click here to Learn more.


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Latest News

New Red Seal Endorsement for Drywall Finisher and Plasterers
(July 17, 2015) — A Red Seal Endorsement is now available for the trade of drywall finisher and plasterer (453A). Anyone wishing to obtain a Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) in this trade will have to successfully pass the new Interprovincial Red Seal exam.
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2014 annual report released
(June 16, 2015) — The College's 2014 annual report "Leading the way: Skills for tomorrow" is now online.
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Ipsos Reid poll says public sees benefit of public register of skilled trades professionals
(May 19, 2015) — Ontarians are virtually unanimous in their support of the Ontario College of Trades use of a Public Register of its members so that public can easily verify a skilled tradesperson’s qualifications.
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