Durham College provides the in-school training portion of the skilled trades programs listed below. You must maintain excellent attendance, a minimum mark of 70 per cent in each subject and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in order to successfully complete your program.

Certificate of Qualification

At the completion of your apprenticeship (all levels), you will be qualified to write the Certificate of Qualification exam. Successful completion of the exam means that you will be certified in your chosen occupation.

Red Seal Endorsement

If you complete your training or are a certified journeyperson, you will be able to obtain Red Seal endorsement on your certificates of qualification and apprenticeship by successfully completing an Interprovincial Standards Examination. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practice their trade in any province or territory in Canada where that trade is designated without having to write further examinations.

Earn an Ontario College Certificate

Students in select Apprenticeship programs who successfully complete all the in-class training at Durham College (DC) will receive an Ontario College Certificate (OCC) credential. Recognized by Ontario’s 24 colleges and beyond, an OCC can expand your options for post-secondary studies in the future and streamline your pathway to a diploma.


Apprenticeship Trade # Ontario College Certificate Program Title
Automotive Service Technician* 310S Motive Power Fundamentals – Automotive Service Apprenticeship
Cook Br. 2 415A Culinary Skills – Cook II Apprenticeship
Child Development Practitioner 620C Early Childhood Assistant – Apprenticeship
Electrician – Construction and Maintenance* 309A Electrical Techniques – Construction and Maintenance Apprenticeship
Industrial Electrician*


442A Electrical Techniques – Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship
Elevating Devices Mechanic


636E Mechanical Techniques – Elevating Devices Mechanic Apprenticeship
Industrial Mechanic Millwright* 433A Manufacturing Techniques – Millwright Apprenticeship
Hoisting Engineer: Mobile Crane Operator (Branch 1)


339A Hoisting Techniques and Mobile Crane Operation – Apprenticeship


306A Plumbing Techniques – Apprenticeship
Steamfitter* 307A Mechanical Techniques – Steamfitting Apprenticeship
Welder* 456A Welding Techniques - Apprenticeship

*Red Seal trades


  • Challenging and satisfying work.
  • Earning while learning.
  • Efficient method of preparing and educating individuals interested in the skilled trades.
  • Potentially qualifying for a training allowance or Employment Insurance benefits while attending school.


  • Easy access from Hwy. 401.
  • Experienced, trade-certified professors.
  • Extensive lab and shop facilities.
  • Proven track record with industry.
  • State-of-the-art Skills Training Centre.


Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) financial help is available for apprentices. To check eligibility, application processes and deadline dates, please visit:


For more information on how to become a registered apprentice, please contact your local apprenticeship office or visit the MLTSD website at

For Durham Region, please contact:
MLTSD, Durham Region Apprenticeship Office
78 Richmond St W
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E1
T: 1.800.461.4608
TTY: 1.800.533.6339
F: 1.800.461.5385

Apprenticeship registration form

For a list of frequently asked questions, please visit

Please note: when registering for courses, personal cheques or payments in cash are not accepted.

The following options are available for payment:

  • Credit card – Visa, MasterCard or American Express
  • Through your banking institution – please see your receipt for your student number.

Frequently asked questions

How do I become an apprentice?
  • You will need to find an employer who will hire and train you first.
  • If you wish to attend school at Durham College, contact your designated Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) Employment Training Consultant (ETC) to register your apprenticeship Training Agreement. To contact the correct ETC, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1.800.387.5656.
  • MLTSD Apprenticeship Training Agreement must be signed by you, your employer and your ETC
  • After signing, you must make an application to Skilled Trades Ontario and pay the membership fee. For more information, visit -
  • You will need to receive an Offer of Classroom Training from the MLTSD, directing you to contact Durham College to pay and reserve your spot (CDP apprentices, click here for the process).
  • For more information, contact your local apprenticeship office or visit

For Durham Region, contact:
MLTSD Durham Region Apprenticeship Branch
78 Richmond St. W., Oshawa, ON L1G 1E1