The numerous skills you gain during your service in the Canadian Armed Forces, such as teamwork, attention to detail, problem solving, and leadership are not only valued by prospective employers, but also transferrable to a variety of possible careers in the skilled trades.
Are you looking for a smooth transition into a well-paying civilian career following your military service? The College can help you get civilian job-ready while you’re still serving in the military, prepare you to hit the ground running the moment your service is complete, and help you ease into a new career.
I’m a current or former military member with trades experience
The College wants to recognize the trade experience you’ve worked hard to acquire. The College’s Trade Equivalency Assessment can help match your military qualifications to civilian qualifications as well as assess any former work experience and training you have in a skilled trade.
What is the College’s Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA)?
The College’s Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) is used to determine whether individuals are eligible to write an Ontario (or Red Seal endorsement) Certificate of Qualification exam based on their past training and work experience.
If you have your QL5 plus corporal rank in one of nine eligible military trades, the TEA process will match your military trade to that civilian trade(s). A copy of your Member’s Personnel Record Resume (MPRR) is sufficient evidence of your qualifications and experience—this will allow the College to expedite your TEA application and allow you to write the Certificate of Qualification exam.
The TEA process also allows anyone with former trades experience to compare their skills to one of the over 150 Ontario apprenticeship programs. If your skills and experience match the training requirements of a particular apprenticeship program, you will be eligible to apply to write the Certificate of Qualification exam to obtain the Certificate of Qualification for your trade.
How do I use the College’s Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA)?
Step 1: Assess your Skills
Determine if your Department of National Defence trade is one of the nine trades that match a civilian trade. If you have your QL5 plus corporate rank in one of the trades below, you are eligible for an expedited TEA at a reduced cost. If you have former skills and experience in a trade not listed below, you can use TEA for Experienced Workers from Within and Outside of Ontario to be assessed in any trade.
Step 2: Complete the TEA Paperwork
Step 3: Submit Documentation and Fee
Submit your completed Trade Equivalency Assessment Application along with all the necessary documentation and processing fee ($50+HST for those with QL5 in one of the nine trades; $235+HST for those without) to the College via mail or email:
Attention: Assessments Department
Ontario College of Trades
655 Bay Street, Suite 600
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2K4
I’m a former or soon to be former military member without trades experience
A career in the skilled trades is a great option for everyone, at any age. The skills you gained in the military are highly valued by employers and easily transferable to a career in the skilled trades. If you are interested in learning a skilled trade, an apprenticeship program may be right for you.
An apprenticeship is a work-based training program for those who want to work in a skilled trade or occupation. Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, including teamwork, attention to detail, problem solving, and leadership—many skills you gained in the military.
To explore apprenticeship programs and assist you along the way, take advantage of the College’s Earn While You Learn website and the services provided by Helmets to Hardhats and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
I’m an employer looking to hire a former military veteran
Every business owner knows that their company is only as good as its people. That is why the Ontario College of Trades encourages employers to consider hiring Canadian Forces veterans to be a part of their team.
Succeeding in the military takes drive, resourcefulness, and a can-do attitude – the same qualities also essential to thriving in the skilled trades, especially on the shop floor. The Armed Forces builds hard workers that are detail-oriented and well-trained, which for you translates to generating higher numbers for your business.
To learn more about hiring military veterans, visit Helmets to Hardhats.
For assistance, call our Client Services Department toll-free at 1-855-299-0028 between Monday to Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.