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Frequently Asked Questions for Current and Future Apprentices

  1. Who is a registered apprentice?
  2. Why should I become a registered apprentice?
  3. Do I have to find my own employer or will the Apprenticeship Training Section find one for me?
  4. Can I change employers during my apprenticeship?
  5. Can I receive credit towards my apprenticeship program based on previous work experience in the trade?
  6. What is involved in technical (in-school) training and is it available in my trade?
  7. Can I receive credit toward my apprenticeship for a pre-employment trades-related program?
  8. What financial incentives available to apprentices and employers? What are the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant?
  9. Will another province recognize my apprenticeship training?
  10. How long is an apprenticeship?
  11. How do I become certified in a designated trade in which no training is offered by the province of PEI?
  12. Can I be a registered apprentice in more than one trade at one time?
  13. What is required to complete my apprenticeship and get my certification?
  14. What is the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program? Who administers the Red Seal Program and how does it work?  What is the Red Seal Examination?
  15. Can I become registered as a PEI apprentice if I am working in another province or territory?
  16. What are the responsibilities of the apprentice and the employer?
  17. Can I get an apprenticeship by taking a college course?
  18. How do I move from one year of apprenticeship to the next?

Frequently Asked Questions for Current and Future Apprentices

1.    Who is a registered apprentice?

A registered apprentice is someone learning their trade on the job, under the supervision and direction of a journeyperson, with periods of technical training. A person is not considered a registered apprentice until the “Apprenticeship Agreement” has been signed by the apprentice, the employer and registered with the Manager of Apprenticeship training.


2.    Why should I become a registered apprentice?

    •    Earning a wage while learning a skilled occupation/trade
    •    Learning from a skilled journeyperson
    •    Short periods of technical training to reinforce what has been learned on the job
    •    Chances of employment are greater once an apprenticeship program has been completed
    •    Earning credentials without incurring a large debt
   

3.    Do I have to find my own employer or will the Apprenticeship Training Section find one for me?

You are responsible to find your own employment in the trade before you apply for apprenticeship.


4.    Can I change employers during my apprenticeship?

Yes.  The apprentice must notify their Apprenticeship Training Officer or the Apprenticeship Section that there has been an change in their employer.  Print off and fill out the Transfer of Apprenticeship Agreement and mail it to the Atlantic Technology Centre, Suite 212, 176 Great George Street, P.O. Box 2000, Charlottetown PE, C1A 7N8.


5.    Can I receive credit towards my apprenticeship program based on previous work experience in the trade?

Yes, depending on the type of work experience, if it is relevant to the occupation and if your work experience is current.


6.    What is involved in technical (in-school) training and is it available in my trade?

To find out more go to Block Release Training.


7.    Can I receive credit toward my apprenticeship for a pre-employment trades-related
        program?


Yes. Colleges offer various occupational training programs that may be credited towards your apprenticeship program. These programs may also provide you with greater opportunities to find employment. To ensure you receive full credit for approved pre-apprenticeship training programs, you should register as an apprentice as soon as possible after you start working.


8.    What financial incentives available to apprentices and employers? What are the         
        Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant?



9.    Will another province recognize my apprenticeship training?
   
Apprenticeship training is jurisdictional.   You should check with the jurisdiction you are moving to in order to find out their policies and regulations.

For individuals who have registered as apprentices in their home province before moving to another province, there are mechanisms for credit and recognition built into the system. For individuals who have not registered in their home province prior to moving, the process is not as well defined. Supporting documentation (transcripts, employer letters, etc) will help with the assessment process.


10.    How long is an apprenticeship?

The traditional term of apprenticeship for most trades or occupations is 3 to 4 years or (6000 to 8000 hours). However, apprenticeship training is flexible and depending on their ability, determination and the work situation, apprentices may complete in less then the three to four years or may take additional time.


11.    How do I become certified in a designated trade in which no training is offered by the
          province of PEI?


To become certified as a journeyperson in a designated occupation where training is not available in PEI, an individual must first obtain an established number of hours of industry experience in that occupation.

Upon completion of the established number of hours, individuals are required to complete an application to challenge the Interprovincial Exam in their trade submit it to the Apprenticeship Section for verification and approval. If approved, the individual will be given the opportunity to challenge a certification examination for the designated occupation.

If you would like to have information on certification in your specific trade, choose your trade from the list on the righthand side of the front page.
   

12.    Can I be a registered apprentice in more than one trade at one time?

    No. An individual can only be registered in one designated trade at any one time. In order to become registered in a second designated trade, an individual may cancel their current registration and request registration into another designated trade of their choice. Alternatively, an individual may complete one apprenticeship, become certified as a journeyperson, and then register as an apprentice in another designated trade.


13.    What is required to complete my apprenticeship and get my certification?

    In order to complete apprenticeship:

    •    You will need to have recorded in your log book the required number of hours for your trade.  This
         includes credit for in-school training. The maximum allowable in-school time that can be allowed is
         33% of the time required to complete your apprenticeship.

    •    You will need to pass all necessary progress exams.

    •    You will have to have the skills in your log book initialed by an Island employer.  These skills will
         have to be signed off at the level of “Performed to Industry Standard”.

    •    Your Island employer and apprenticeship officer will have to sign off the “Certification” page at the back of the log book.

    •    You will have to write the Red Seal exam and achieve a pass mark of 70% or higher.


14.    What is the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program? Who administers the Red Seal
          Program and how does it work?  What is the Red Seal Examination?


    To find out more, click here.


15.    Can I become registered as a PEI apprentice if I am working in another province or territory?

    You must be registered by the apprenticeship section of the province in which you are working.
   

16.    What are the responsibilities of the apprentice and the employer?


    Apprentices agree to:

    •    work as an apprentice and be trained in the trade or occupation by the employer;
    •    show caution and respect for the tools and equipment, goods and property of the employer and
         avoid any damage or waste of them;
    •    show caution and respect for the goods and property of the employer’s  customers;
    •    cooperate with the Apprenticeship Training Officer, appointed by the Minister responsible for the
         Apprenticeship and Trades Qualification Act, in monitoring and recording apprentice’s progress, and
          in scheduling in-school training; and
    •    attend the required in-school training classes for the trade or occupation.

    Employers agree to:

    •    accept and train the apprentice in all areas of the trade or occupation so far as the           
         employer’s facilities and availability of work permit;
    •    ensure the apprentice is supervised by a journeyperson in the said trade. 
    •    permit the apprentice to attend in-school training classes approved by the Trade Advisory
         Committee for the trade; and
    •    cooperate with the Apprenticeship Training Officer, appointed by the Minister responsible for the
         Apprenticeship and Trades Qualification Act, in monitoring and recording apprentice’s progress, and
         in scheduling in-school training.

                               
17.     Can I get an apprenticeship by taking a college course?

    You must be working in the trade with a suitable employer in order to register as an apprentice.  Colleges offer various trade training programs which can be accredited to your apprenticeship status.  In order to receive the full amount of credit it is recommended that you become indentured within the first year of college graduation.


18.      How do I move from one year of apprenticeship to the next?

    To move from one year of apprenticeship to the next, you need to:

•    accumulate the required hours of on-the-job training for each year of the apprenticeship program
•    successfully complete classroom or block release training and pass necessary exams
•    have your record book updated by your employer



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