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Internationally Trained Worker Information

Compulsory apprenticeship tradesthere are four “compulsory” trades in Saskatchewan:
1. Electrician
2. Plumber
3. Refrigeration Mechanic
4. Sheet Metal Worker

An assessment must be completed to work in any compulsory trade in Saskatchewan.

Voluntary trades - Upon applying to write the certification examination, an assessment of your experience must be completed.

To work in a skilled trade in Saskatchewan, the following steps will occur:

1. Assessment with the SATCC.  Assessments will occur on a first-come, first-served basis, and  typically takes 4 to 6 weeks from application. All correspondence is received and sent through mail service, and will be sent directly to you the client, or to a representative. A form must be filled out for someone to represent you (Consent to Release Personal Information Form). Please remember all documentation must be translated.

- Apply for an assessment by mailing:

  • Form 9 – Internationally Trained Workers (fee of $380)
  • Certificates and Transcripts (translated)
  • Employer Letters verifying apprenticeship OR Trade experience hours (with hours broken down and signed by each employer)
- Once the SATCC receives the application, the assessment will take place. The assessment will review:
  • Certificates and transcripts for equivalency
    • Apprenticeships
    • National Craft Certificates
    • City and Guilds
    • Vocational certificates and transcripts
  • Trade experience hours
    • Type of company
    • Type of work
    • Total hours in the trade
      • Compulsory trades: Minimum of 7200 hours required
      • Voluntary trades: Minimum of trade requirement
- Eligible applicants will receive a letter deeming them eligible to work in Saskatchewan, which will help with the work permit process.


2. Once in Saskatchewan:
- In a compulsory trade:
  • Submit a copy of your work permit to SATCC.
  • Submit an Apprenticeship Contract (Form A or Form B) with your employer to the SATCC.
  • Complete Form 2 ($100 fee) to write Interprovincial Journeyperson exam.
- In a voluntary trade:
  • Submit a copy of your work permit to SATCC.
  • Complete Form 2 ($100 fee) to write the Interprovincial Journeyperson exam.
3. Write the exam.
- As an applicant, you can have a non-trade related translator for the exam.
- Forms must be completed with the SATCC field consultant.
- Cannot attend upgrader or technical training until you become a permanent resident.
- As a work permit holder, maximum of two attempts at the exam.
- Special permit card can be extended to the expiry of the work permit card.

More information and useful links:

  1. IMMSKILLS:  The SATCC and the Canadian International Training and Education Corporation (CITREC) have signed a partnership agreement to offer Skilled Trade Assessment for Foreign-Trained nationals. CITREC through its partnership with SATCC, will be offering  the Skilled Assessment Service  in foreign countries under the IMMSKILLS brand.  More information.
  2. Getting Licensed in a Regulated Occupation – Process Map
  3. Now Easier for Immigrants to get Licensing Information
  4. Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP)
  5. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Service Canada)
  6. Working in Saskatchewan
  7. Form 9  – Internationally Trained Workers Registration
  8. Immigration Options for Skilled Tradespersons: The New Federal Skilled Trades Program