Extension to Journeyperson Candidates Class memberships due to Covid-19 Public Health Emergency

Due to the need for physical distancing during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation Ministry exam centres for apprenticeship and skilled trades certification are closed. Examination sittings may currently be arranged on a case-by-case basis for candidates who urgently need to attempt their exam.

To support skilled tradespersons and apprentices who are unable to write their exams during this period, effective April 21 the Government of Ontario filed a regulation extending by 120 days memberships in the College’s Journeyperson Candidates (JPC) Class that expire between March 18, 2020 and September 17, 2020.

Effective July 10, 2020, the regulation has been amended to provide a further 60-day extension (for a total of 180 days) to JPC members whose original Statements of Membership were set to expire between March 18 and September 17, 2020.

The amended regulation also provides a 60-day extension to JPC members whose Statements of Membership are now set to expire in the fall (between September 18 and November 17, 2020).

These amendments are intended to account for both the anticipated backlog of candidates and the reduced availability of exam sittings once Ministry exam centres reopen with new health and safety protocols in place.

Individuals in the Journeyperson Candidates Class have completed their apprenticeship training but not yet passed their Certificate of Qualification exam. Under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, these individuals may continue to work in their compulsory trade in Ontario until their membership in the Journeyperson Candidates Class ends. The original 120-day extension also applies to individuals holding provisional Certificates of Qualification.

If you have any questions about this extension please contact your local Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development Apprenticeship Office, which you can find at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/employment-ontario-apprenticeship-offices or the Employment Ontario Contact Centre at 1-800-387-5656.