Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I become a Journeyperson?
There are two ways for you to become a Journeyperson in the Province of Saskatchewan.
1. Apprenticeship route – You must find employment in the trade and have your employer register you with the SATCC office as an apprentice. You must complete all levels of training while working under contract with your employer. Once completed all levels, you will write the certification examination at the end of training. NOTE: Construction Electrician, Plumber, Sheet Metal Worker and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic trades must take the apprenticeship route to obtain their Journeyperson certification.
2. Tradesperson route – Those that have been working in their trade for many years and do not want to go the apprenticeship route may challenge the certification examination without attending training. Refer to the designated trades on this website for the required hours for each trade. NOTE: Construction Electrician, Plumber, Sheet Metal Worker and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic trades must take the apprenticeship route to obtain their Journeyperson certification.
2. What are the benefits of being an apprentice?
You earn a wage while you learn the trade. You will learn from a skilled journeyperson. You will attend short periods of technical training to reinforce what you have learned on the job. Some employers only hire individuals who have completed an apprenticeship. You can earn your credential without incurring a large debt.
3. How do I become an apprentice?
To become an apprentice in a trade, you must be working in the trade and your employer must be willing to train you. An application form and an apprenticeship contract must be completed and signed by you and your employer. The forms are submitted to the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, along with a registration fee.
4. What are the four steps of apprenticeship?
1) Find an employer willing to provide the necessary on-the-job training and supervision.
2) Sign an apprenticeship contract with the employer and register it with the SATCC.
3) Work and learn on the job, and attend and successfully complete your technical training.
4) Write your journeyperson examination and pass with a minimum of 70%.
4. Do you have a list of employers looking for apprentices?
No, unfortunately, we do not keep lists of employers looking to hire apprentices. It is up to the individual to obtain employment in their chosen field. Employment services are provided by organizations such as the Canada-Saskatchewan Career and Employment Centres located in all major centres in the province.
5. What is the value of a journeyperson certificate?
Journeyperson certification shows that you have met the standard set by industry for your trade. This means you have the required broad experience in the workplace and have successfully passed the certification examination.
Journeyperson certification is recognized by employers across Canada.
There may be a wage incentive to be a certified journeyperson in your trade.
Journeyperson certification will provide other career opportunities in the trade or in related trades.
Some employers only hire individuals who have met an industry standard through training and certification.
6. What is a compulsory trade?
A compulsory trade is a trade where you must be a registered apprentice or a certified journeyperson. The compulsory apprenticeship trades are Construction Electrician, Plumber, Refrigeration Mechanic and Air Conditioning Mechanic, and Sheet Metal Worker. You can work up to, and including, 900 hours (six months) in the trade prior to becoming a registered apprentice.
7. What must I do if my Learner’s Certificate has expired?
If you hold an expired or expiring Learner’s Certificate and you do not have your full trade time hours, apply for an extension by completing a Form 3 – Application for a Certificate and submit it with your Form 6A – Verification of Trade Experience (located on the page of your designated trade) to the Trade Time Assessor. The Assessment Officer will pro-rate the trade time established with the full time requirements to establish an extended date of expiry. There is no fee required.
8. How do I get a gasfitter license?
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission administers the examination for the gasfitter license in the province. However, gasfitter licenses are issued through the:
Ministry of Government Relations, Building Standards and Licensing Branch. The Gas and Electrical Licensing office is located at 100 – 1855 Victoria Avenue in Regina, Sask., S4P 3T2. Call (306) 787-4530, fax (306) 798-8882 or email.
9. Will I get any credit for courses I have taken prior to becoming an apprentice?
The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission grants credit for prior learning and work experience where possible. When you apply for apprenticeship, your documents will be assessed to determine if any credit can be granted.
10. How do I apply for a journeyperson examination?
Most apprentices write for their journeyperson certification at the end of their final level of technical training. No application or fee is required.
Apprentices in the Hairstylist, Esthetician and Industrial Instrumentation and Controls Systems trades that completed pre-employment are eligible to write when they have the minimum required hours. No fee for their first attempt (written and practical if required). Submit a Form 2 – Application for Examination and refer to our written examination schedule for a list of dates and locations.
Apprentices taking a written or practical examination for a second or subsequent attempt in the same trade must complete an Form 2 – Application for Examination and submit the required fee.
Examination study information is located in the Designated Trades on this website.
First time applicants must submit a Form 7 – Tradesperson Application for Assessment and a fee of $380. The Form 7 must be accompanied by Verification of Trade Experience – (Form 6A) form confirming their work experience in the trade. Trade specific Form 6A can be found in the Designated Trades on this website. Tradespersons must have “full time” in their trade in order to qualify for the examination. Once you have been deemed “full time” in the trade, you will be notified by letter that you may now apply for examination or upgrading.
Tradespersons taking a written or practical examination for a first or subsequent attempt in the same trade must complete an Form 2 – Application for Examination. There is a fee of $100 for written exams and $160 for practical exams.
Candidates applying for examination in the Insulator or Powerline Technician trades must complete prescribed upgrading first.
Examination study information is located in the Designated Trades on this website.
Please refer to the Examination Schedule for locations and dates.
11. I have worked in a trade for several years. Will my work experience be counted if I register as an apprentice in that trade?
All work experience in the trade is assessed when you register as an apprentice or tradesperson. Apprentices are normally required to work a minimum of half the term of apprenticeship under a contract, except for compulsory trades. Construction Electricians, Plumbers, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Sheet Metal Workers trades must register within six months (900 hours) of starting work in the trade.
12. How much is tuition?
The cost of tuition for apprenticeship technical training is $85 per week for all apprenticeship trades. The minimum tuition fee is $300.
Apprentices in the construction electrician trade will pay an additional surcharge of $12.00 per week to recover the costs for an increase in the length of technical training.
13. What should I pay my apprentice?
Refer to the following table:
14. What financial assistance is available to apprentices?
As an apprentice, you may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance while attending apprenticeship technical training. In addition, you may be eligible to receive a living away from home allowance providing:
- You apply for, and are eligible to collect, Employment Insurance; and currently receiving Employment Insurance; or, are deemed a “Reachback” by Employment Insurance officials.
- You are required to maintain a second residence at the location of training, at additional cost; and
- Your home residence is 50 km or more away from the training location.
Effective July 1, 2011, new rates provide additional funding to apprentices to meet the rising costs of maintaining a second residence while they are attending technical training. The new rates for apprentices increased from $94 per week to $125 per week. The rate for apprentices whose principal or secondary residence is located in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District will increase from $125 per week to $175 per week.
Apprentices can also access the Canada Apprentice Loan. More information
15. What does an apprentice do following an involuntary leave of employment?
When apprentices are involuntary terminated or laid off from employment, they should contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) to provide this information and to submit any outstanding accumulated trade time.
If apprentices have accumulated enough hours of trade time to attend the next level of technical training, they may do so without being attached to an employer.
To continue to progress in the trade, apprentices must find another employer. Once apprentices are hired, they sign a contract of apprenticeship (Form A) with the employer and submit it to the SATCC.
Apprentices whose contracts of apprenticeship have been cancelled may be re-instated in the same trade as the previous contract without registration fees provided they apply within one year of the date of cancellation. Beyond one year from the date of cancellation, the employer registration fee must be submitted in full and the apprentice will be re-indentured with a new indenture date in the same trade.
16. Can a cancelled apprentice be re-instated into apprenticeship training?
It depends on the amount of time that has passed since their contract was cancelled and the trade they want to register in.
Effective March 1, 2012, apprentices whose contracts of apprenticeship have been cancelled may be re-instated in the same trade as the previous contract without additional employer registration fees (currently $150) provided they apply within one year of the date of cancellation. The indenture (registration) date will remain the same. Beyond one year from the date of cancellation, the employer registration fee must be submitted in full and the apprentice will be re-indentured with a new indenture (registration) date in the same trade as the previous contract.
1. Apprentice A’s apprenticeship contract was cancelled on March 5, 2011 and requests reinstatement in the same trade on March 2, 2012. Apprentice “A” does not have to pay the $150 registration fee and the indenture date remains the same as when the original contract of apprenticeship was registered.
2. Apprentice B’s apprenticeship contract was cancelled on March 5, 2011 and requests reinstatement in the same trade on March 10, 2012. Apprentice “B” MUST submit the $150 registration fee along with the contract and the new indenture (registration) date becomes March 10, 2012.
If an apprentice registers in a different trade from the one in which they were cancelled, whether before or after one year of cancellation, this policy does not apply. A new trade requires a new contract along with the full registration fee.