The Apprenticeship program in Newfoundland and Labrador is administered by the Division of Apprenticeship and Trades Certification of the Department of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills

The Carpenter Millwright College offers four (4) apprenticeship programs:

  • Carpenter (Pre-Employment)
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) (Entry)
  • Painter and Decorator

Apprenticeship is a combination of post-secondary training and on-the-job experiential learning. Typically, an individual enters apprenticeship upon completion of an entry-level training program and becomes employed under the supervision of a certified journeyperson. Once the individual obtains employment under the direction of a certified journeyperson, they must contact the Department of Education to become registered as an apprentice.

Sometimes a person may become employed in the trade without completing the first-year program, thus may be eligible to register with the Department of Education as a Direct Entry Apprentice.

Each apprenticeship program has specified training periods and required a number of work hours. Please refer to the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour website for a copy of the Provincial Plans of Training and Atlantic Apprenticeship Curriculum Standards for each trade.

Upon completion of the required work hours, the apprentice is required to return to the post-secondary institution for advanced level training. Once the apprentice completes all levels of training and attains the required work hours and industry experience, they are then eligible to challenge the Interprovincial or Provincial certification exam. In order to obtain journeyperson certification, the apprentice must obtain a minimum of 70% on the certification exam.


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The Office to Advance Women Apprentices first opened in January 2009. The provincial Government has initiated several programs aimed at encouraging females to enter trades training.

Since 2004, Government has found that the number of women registering for apprenticeship programs in non-traditional trades has increased by 35%, but women were experiencing difficulty obtaining that initial work experience to move through the apprenticeship program. The office will work with female apprentices once they complete their initial training in order to enhance their employment opportunities so they may progress through the apprenticeship program, with the ultimate goal of achieving journeyperson status. We are establishing partnerships with employers, unions, Governments and training institutions in order to increase employment opportunities for female tradespersons.

One component of our program is to develop a registry database of all female tradespersons in the Newfoundland and Labrador. This database is continually updated as women apprentices contact the office.

The Office is dedicated to ensuring that there are employment opportunities for female apprentices who have graduated from the various trades training programs. The identification of these female tradespersons is a critical step in that process. We encourage all female tradespersons or students currently enrolled in a trades training program to contact our office.