Become a Member
You must be a member of the College’s Apprentices Class to work as an apprentice in an Ontario apprenticeship program established by the College.
To be a member, you must hold a Registered Training Agreement with the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development. For more information on Registered Training Agreements, visit the ministry’s website or call the Employment Ontario Contact Centre (toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-5656; at 416-326-5656 in the Toronto area; TTY- service for the hearing impaired: 1-866-533-6339).
Once your training agreement has been registered by the ministry, the first step to becoming a member of the College’s Apprentices Class is to complete a Member Application Form. Click here to visit our guides and forms page to download.
There are two steps in this process of becoming a member for those who are not apprentices. You must first determine whether your trade is classified as compulsory or voluntary under OCTAA. If your trade is voluntary, you must determine whether there is a C of Q exam available for that trade.
Step 1: Before you fill out the Member Application Form, you must first determine if your trade is classified as a compulsory or voluntary trade. To help you find out the classification of your trade, a list of trades and their classifications is found here.
What does it mean to practise a compulsory trade?
- In order to practise a compulsory trade you have to be a member of the College.
- In order to use the title “Journeyperson” or say that you are a “certified Journeyperson” or that you have your “Journeyperson ticket” in a compulsory trade, you have to be a member of the Journeypersons Class.
What does it mean to practise a voluntary trade?
- Every trade that is not identified as compulsory is, by default, voluntary. Certification is offered in some voluntary trades, but is not a requirement to practice in the trade.
- Membership in the College is not required to practise a voluntary trade.
Step 2: Once you have determined whether your trade is compulsory, voluntary with a C of Q exam, or voluntary with no C of Q exam, the next step is to determine which class you should apply to based on the type of documents you have to support your application.
Becoming a member in the College’s Employers/Sponsors Class is easy.
*If you are already a member of the College’s Journeypersons Class, you can become a member of the College’s Employers/Sponsors class without paying any additional fees.
If you need assistance completing the membership application form, or have any questions, please call our client services department toll-free at 1-855-299-0028 from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. One of our client services consultants will be pleased to assist you.
Please note that for the duration of the COVID-19 public health crisis in Ontario the College may not be able to receive and process physical mail or couriered documents in a timely manner. We ask that you send documents via email where possible and please call us at 1 (855) 299-0028 if you have any questions or concerns.