Members of the Journeyperson Candidates Class
This section contains information for individuals who are current members of the College’s Journeyperson Candidates Class in the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade. For more information on how the reclassification specifically affects you and what actions you need to take to make sure you meet all of the changing requirements, please read the information and questions and answers, below.
What does this change mean for me?
On February 2, 2017, the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade will become compulsory. This means you will need to become a member of the Journeypersons Class of the College and hold a Certificate of Qualification in order to continue to work legally in the trade. Membership in the College will no longer be voluntary after February 2, 2017.
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To give people enough time to meet the changing requirements for the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade, the College will be implementing the reclassification of the trade over a two-year period. This means that during this period (i.e. until February 2, 2017), the trade will remain voluntary.
If you are a member of the Journeyperson Candidates Class on February 2, 2017, your membership in the class continues until your 12-month membership in the class expires or until you become a member of the Journeypersons Class and receive your Certificate of Qualification. Please read the following sections for more information about options that are available to you.
YEAR 1 OF IMPLEMENTATION (February 2, 2015 – February 2, 2016)
During the first year of the two-year period, the College has put into place a Certificate of Qualification exam exemption. This means, as an active member of the Journeyperson Candidates Class, you have the option during this year to receive your Certificate of Qualification and become a member of the Journeypersons Class of the College without completing the exam for the trade first. However, it is important to note that you will not receive a Red Seal endorsement if you choose not to write the exam and receive your Certificate of Qualification during this period. It is important to note that Ontario uses the Red Seal exam for the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade. The only way to get the Red Seal endorsement on your Certificate of Qualification is to write and pass the exam.
Do I have to use the exam exemption?
No. If you have completed your apprenticeship training, and hold a Certificate of Apprenticeship in the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade during the first year of implementation (2015), you have two options:
- Use the exam exemption (your membership in the Journeypersons Class will be processed upon payment of a membership fee, and you will be issued a Certificate of Qualification without the Red Seal endorsement); or,
- Write the Certificate of Qualification exam (your membership in the Journeypersons Class will depend on passing the exam. If you choose this option and successfully pass the exam and pay a membership fee, your Certificate of Qualification will have a Red Seal endorsement).
If I use the exam exemption and get a provincial Certificate of Qualification without a Red Seal, can I work in other parts of Canada?
Yes. The Agreement on Internal Trade states that a Certificate of Qualification must be recognized by the regulatory body in other provinces and no further requirements, such as exams, can be imposed. This is true even in Red Seal trades.
However, it is important to note that many employers prefer the Red Seal endorsement, and this may affect employability with some employers.
What do I need to do?
The College will be communicating with all members of the Journeyperson Candidates Class in the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade to notify them of the reclassification for the trade. If you do not receive a letter from the College, please contact the College.
However, if you want to use the exam exemption, you will need to take action to notify the College by calling Monday to Friday, 7am – 7pm at our toll free number: 1 (855) 299-0028 and speak to one of our Customer Service Representatives.
YEAR 2 OF IMPLEMENTATION (February 2, 2016 – February 2, 2017)
During the second year of the two-year implementation period, the exam exemption will no longer be available. This means you will need to pass the Certificate of Qualification exam to receive your Certificate of Qualification and become a member of the Journeypersons Class of the College. You can be a member of the Journeyperson Candidates Class of the College in 2016 while you challenge the exam (for a maximum of 12 months).
How much does the Certificate of Qualification exam cost and how do I apply to write it?
The cost for writing the Certificate of Qualification exam is $150 + HST. This fee must be paid to the College before you can schedule your exam.
To find out more about how to pay your exam fee and how to schedule your exam, please see the Exam Process and Preparation section of the College’s website.