How Do You Become an Electrician Apprentice in Ontario?

Dec 28, 2018 11:35:55 AM

Updated June, 2021.

Planning to become an electrician apprentice in Ontario? You'll need to follow a specific set of steps from total beginner to licensed journeyperson.

Those steps usually start with some kind of pre-apprenticeship electrician training. This is followed by a mandatory apprenticeship with a licensed electrician.

Once your electrician apprenticeship is complete, you can challenge the certification exam. Pass the exam, and you can get registered as a licensed journeyperson in the trade.

How long do all these steps take? And what kinds of tasks will you perform as an electrician apprentice?

In this post, we break down the training and certification process, including typical tasks for beginner electricians.

Here's how you become an electrician apprentice (and ultimately a licensed electrician) in Ontario.

Plumber Training: 10 Safety Tips Every New Student Should Know

Dec 20, 2018 11:45:09 AM
Plumber students at Herzing College in Toronto, Ontario

4 Big Advantages to Choosing an HVAC Career

Dec 10, 2018 1:38:53 PM

Updated July, 2021.

Why should you choose an HVAC career, above all other trades?

Well, for starters, you're probably genuinely interested in the kind of work HVAC mechanics do.

This trade involves challenging diagnostics and problem-solving, technical installation and maintenance skills, and deep heating/cooling product knowledge.

HVAC mechanics play a vital role in our everyday lives. Where would we be without warm homes during the brutal Ontario winters? And cool spaces to retreat to during our short, but notoriously intense summers?

Quality HVAC systems keep our air fresh indoors, help sanitize our hospitals, and the latest tech even helps preserve our natural environment.

And of course, cooling technology is essential for the food industry, where reliable refrigeration is the backbone of safe storage and shipping.

From homes to public buildings to businesses to factories—HVAC mechanics have a key part to play across many sectors of the Canadian economy.

So, what else should motivate you to seize the day and start an HVAC career this year? Take a look at 4 big advantages to making this trade your own.

How Much Math do You Need to Become an Electrician?

Nov 29, 2018 11:06:11 AM

Updated June, 2021.

"So, how much math do I really need to know to become an electrician?" We get this question all the time, when we're interviewing applicants for electrician training.

Many students who are considering electrician training feel insecure about their math skills.

And it's no surprise, given the huge number of students who struggle with math in Ontario (and across Canada).

The Globe and Mail recently ran a story on how elementary students' math scores in Ontario have reached a record low.

Less than half of the province's Grade 6 students met the current standard for math performance—the worst result in years.

For most of these kids, problems with math will only get worse in high school, as the level of difficulty increases.

By the time graduation rolls around, many are totally "done" with math. They never want to see another algebraic equation or geometry question as long as they live!

Sound familiar? Have you heard that electricians use a lot of math on the job, and figure you shouldn't even bother considering this trade?

Before you make up your mind, first understand how electricians actually use math. Take a look at some common applications of math in day-to-day electrical work.

Women in the Skilled Trades: Your Time Has Come!

Nov 21, 2018 4:13:26 PM

Calling all women to the skilled trades! This is your moment. Women are (finally) moving into construction trades men have dominated since forever—and proving that gender has no impact on their ability to compete.

7 Excellent Reasons to Choose Electrician Training

Nov 7, 2018 5:32:39 PM

Updated May 2021.

Think you'd like to learn a skilled trade and leaning toward becoming an electrician? How can you be sure this career is right for you? 

There are a few obvious things to consider when making your decision.

There's your natural interests—you want to choose a trade that genuinely appeals to you.

And there's the practical side—what you'd actually be good at, given your temperament and raw talents.

And then there are factors like demand for the trade where you live, salary, and employment options.

In this post, we make it easy for you to decide.

We rounded up all the best reasons to choose an electrician career. Find out why electrician is such a popular trade and how to get started with training.

Why Plumber Training is Such a Smart Career Move

Oct 22, 2018 1:21:20 PM

No doubt, you've heard that demand for skilled tradespeople is on the rise in Canada.

If you're thinking about a career change, or looking for a path to follow after high school, trades training makes a lot of sense.

But, which trade?

There is a long list of occupations to choose from—everything from carpenter, welder, and auto mechanic, to steamfitter, powerline technician, brick and stone mason...and, of course, plumber!

Why should you consider plumber training above all other trades?

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Oct 10, 2018 11:49:53 AM

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