Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Apprenticeship, Entry Level Trades and Technical Training – if you don’t find the answer to your question here, contact the Apprenticeship Office or visit

What is Apprenticeship?

jpgAn apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an Apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training, usually under the supervision of a Journeyperson, with classroom instruction/training at a post-secondary institution like OC. An apprentice’s time is usually divided as follows: 80 percent on the job and 20 percent learning in the classroom for the duration of the apprenticeship.

What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice must be currently working in a trade and registered with the ITA.  The apprentice learns their trade under the supervision and direction of a certified Journeyperson.  The apprentice attends periods of technical training at a post-secondary institution.

What is a Journeyperson?

A Journeyperson is someone who has successfully completed an apprenticeship and received a Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification in their trade.

How long is an Apprenticeship?
  • Apprenticeships can range from one to five years, depending on the trade. The average apprenticeship lasts four years.
  • Apprentices spend between 4 and 11 weeks per year receiving classroom training. Each apprentice is responsible for arranging their technical training and for tuition and textbook costs.
  • While attending classroom training, most apprentices may be eligible to receive employment insurance benefits and supplementary allowances. 
What’s in an Apprenticeship for you?

As an apprentice, you receive on-the-job training that offers an opportunity to earn a living while learning valuable skills that can lead to a rewarding and challenging career.

How do you choose a trade?
  • Review your options – look at all the possible trades you could learn.
  • Look at the pre-requisites for the trades that interest you -- do your skills, interests and education match?
  • Talk to employers and people working in those trades that appeal to you to get first-hand information from the people who know the trade best.
  • Discuss your choice with your family and/or high school or career counselor.
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  • Visit a Community Career Center supported by Services Canada, such as Work BC in Kelowna or visit Okanagan College's Welcome Center and meet with an Education Advisor.  Undergoing a proper career and employment assessment will get you on track to identify what careers are best suited for you.   
How do you become an Apprentice?
How do I Apply for my Apprenticeship Training?​
  • Apply for your technical training online or call the Apprenticeship Office at 1-800-621-3038.
What are the educational requirements for an Apprenticeship?
  • OC recommends that an Apprentice has completed a Grade 12 education that includes appropriate English, Math and Science courses.  However, a Grade 10 education is still an acceptable minimum standard in some trades. 
  • Each employer may have specific requirements for Apprentices. You should discuss these with your prospective employer.