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 Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division 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 Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division 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 Department of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills 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.


For your information, the following links is where you’ll find a study guide to help you prepare for your level exams:


The Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) is funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Apprenticeship and Trades Division of the Department of Immigration Skills and Population Growth (ISPG) and is managed by the  United Brotherhood of Carpenters (Atlantic Canada Regional Council – Local 579).

The mandate of the Office is to provide ongoing support to tradeswomen seeking work or already employed in the skilled trades. This includes providing career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities for tradeswomen. The development of strong partnerships with employers, trades unions, government, and training institutions is crucial to assist in accomplishing these goals.  Since the inception of OAWA in 2009, there has been significant advancements in accessibility for women in trade.  To date the Office has nearly 2200 tradeswomen from Newfoundland and Labrador registered in its database and have assisted with over 840 employment opportunities, assisted 217 tradeswomen reach Red Seal status and currently have around 800 women advancing through their apprenticeship.  The Office has played an integral role in advocating for equity and inclusion in the workplace in various construction, manufacturing and industrial settings for women across Newfoundland and Labrador.

OAWA also offers a wage subsidy incentive for Newfoundland and Labrador employers hiring women apprentices. The subsidy provides 75% wage support for two contracts following a five-to-seven day, in-house approval process.    For more information on how to access the wage subsidy program, get in touch with our Apprentice Placement Specialist at 866-702-6292 (OAWA).

To stay updated on our programs and services, or to register with the Office, check out our website at