The public interest
The College is accountable to members of the public, like you.
The College was established to regulate and govern its own members in the public interest.
Journeypersons working in compulsory trades and all apprentices are members of the Ontario College of Trades and must meet the standards set by the College in order to legally practice in their chosen trade.
Skilled tradespeople working in voluntary trades do not need to be members to practice their trade. However, if they choose to become members, they must meet the same professional standards as journeypersons working in compulsory trades.
Membership in the College signals that a skilled tradesperson has taken the time and effort to meet the College’s standards and will be subject to regulations under the College’s complaints / incidents and enforcement processes.
Part of serving the public involves operating in an open and transparent manner.