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Should You Pursue Red Seal Certification in Your Trade?

Jan 27, 2022 9:23:15 AM

If you’re considering studying a trade or completing an apprenticeship, you may be thinking ahead to getting the Red Seal endorsement.

Once you become a certified journeyperson, you can pursue Red Seal certification by taking the interprovincial exam.

Successful candidates earn a Red Seal endorsement on their certificates of qualification and apprenticeship, proving their skill level in a particular trade.

But what is the value of this endorsement? How can it help your career? And is it worth the extra effort?

Let’s dive into the details.

Considering Electrician Courses? Test Yourself on These Top Myths

Dec 29, 2021 2:04:10 PM

 

Thinking of beginning electrician courses? Getting ready to upgrade your skills or switch career paths?

Your first step will likely be a pre-apprenticeship program, where you'll learn the theory and practical skills needed to excel in an electrician apprenticeship.

An important part of that training will be learning how electrical systems actually work, how to perform troubleshooting and maintenance, and how to stay safe when carrying out installations and repairs.

Get a head start by testing yourself on these seven very common electricity myths. Which of these misconceptions have you bought into over the years?

Appliance Repair Training: Common Problems You'll Learn to Fix

Dec 14, 2021 11:06:03 AM

 

Imagine life without your fridge, microwave, oven, or washing machine.

Most of us could barely last a single day without these conveniences—even though modern versions have only been around for the past 50 to 60 years.

In a relatively short amount of time, we've become totally dependent on our home appliances.

But that's great news for appliance technicians, who are always in demand for installation and servicing.

And it's definitely a positive trend for anyone considering appliance repair training.

Want a little preview of the kinds of issues you'll face on the job and learn about during appliance training?

Here's a roundup of the home appliances that always seem to need servicing, how they break down, and what you'll check first.

Is Appliance Repair Training Right for You? Things to Know Up Front

Aug 24, 2021 2:00:10 PM
Photo: An appliance repair instructor and student at Herzing College in Ontario (2019)

One of the best things about the appliance repair trade is the steady demand for skilled service technicians.

The average household relies heavily on a range of appliances for everyday use—washing machines, dryers, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators...we're totally dependent on these machines.

And then you have commercial clients, like restaurants, food companies, and cafeterias, that also need appliance repair technicians to install and maintain their units.

Network Cabling Careers: Training, Jobs & Salaries in Toronto

Jun 11, 2021 9:52:07 AM

Updated January, 2021

Living in the Toronto area and thinking about starting a career in network cabling?

You've come to the right place.

In this post, we'll explain what to expect from a typical network cabling course, plus certification requirements for cable technicians.

We'll also break down job options and the latest employment forecast for cable techs in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Here's everything you need to know.

Becoming a Construction Office Manager: What’s it Really Like?

Mar 16, 2021 2:43:36 PM

Updated March 2021.

The field of construction management attracts people from all different backgrounds. Some already have hands-on experience as builders.

Others have administrative experience, and understand about coordinating schedules, organizing information, and meeting deadlines. 

Some are completely new to the field. But they’re interested in construction and naturally drawn to project management.

They want to see how a build comes together, behind the scenes. They want to play a key role in organizing, planning, and overseeing that process. 

Sound familiar? You’ve come to the right place. 

So, what’s it really like to work as a construction manager? What does training involve, and what sort of jobs can you get just starting out? Is the salary good? 

Here’s your quick guide to the world of construction administration and management. 

How Do You Choose a Good HVAC College? 8 Things to Notice

Feb 18, 2021 1:05:30 PM
Graduates from the HVAC training program at Herzing College 

If you've landed here, you're considering becoming an HVAC technician and want to explore training options in your area.

By now, you've probably realized there are many HVAC schools in the Toronto area. There are certificates, courses, diplomas, pre-apprenticeship programs, online options, and more.

How do these programs differ? What exactly should you be looking for in a quality HVAC college? 

Good questions. When you consider the time and money you'll need to invest, it's worth doing the research.

Plus, getting a good foundation in training is obviously key to landing a good job (which is the whole point of going to school).

So, in this post we're laying out the 8 most important qualities of a good HVAC college. These are the features to notice when you're comparing schools and choosing where to enroll.

No matter which HVAC college you end up choosing, make sure it meets these clear standards of quality and excellence.

Becoming a Certified Gas Technician: 6 Things to Know About the TSSA Exams

Feb 18, 2021 12:19:22 PM
 Photo: Gas technician students in class at Herzing College in Toronto (2019)

Updated June, 2021.

Want to become a certified gas technician? Your first step is to learn about the TSSA's gas tech certification requirements.

Any tradesperson who works with oil or gas must get licensed to legally operate in Ontario. Obviously this rule applies to gas technicians. But it also impacts trades like HVAC and appliance repair, which involve installing and servicing fuel-powered units.

So, who is the TSSA, and what steps must you go through to meet their certification requirements? What training should you get to prepare for your gas technician exam, and what is the test like?

Here's your quick guide to getting gas tech certified this year.

Should You Become an Electrician? Top Pros & Cons

May 1, 2020 9:50:03 AM

Updated June, 2021

Good electricians will always be in demand. Talented sparkies are respected for their intelligence, problem-solving abilities, and technical knowledge.

However, it takes several years of training and hard work to become an electrician. And life on-the-job isn't always easy.

Do you have what it takes? Is this the right trades career for you? 

In this post we put together the most common pros and cons of becoming an electrician.  Salaryworking conditionscertification requirementsjob safety, cost of training—we cover it all. 

Find out if electrician is a good fit for you, and what steps to take next. 

Top 10 Reasons to Become an Appliance Service Technician

Apr 15, 2020 12:23:41 PM

Appliance service technician is one of the most overlooked and underrated trades out there. It’s incredible how few people understand what this occupation is really all about—or the widespread demand for technicians in Canada. 

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