The Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division (ATCD) is responsible for Apprenticeship and Certification programs for those pursuing a career in a skilled trade. This includes registering apprentices and monitoring their progression through to journeyperson certification. ATCD also reviews the applications of seasoned workers who wish to obtain certification via the trade qualifier process.
As a member of the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program , which is the national standard for excellence for Skilled Trades, tradespersons who meet the standards receive a Red Seal Endorsement on their provincial/territorial trade certificate.
ATCD also certifies individuals in the various levels of the Power Engineering occupation through national exams created by the Standardization of Power Engineering Examinations Committee (SOPEEC).
All aspects of the certification process are directed by an appointed Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board which takes guidance from legislation.
For more information about the Apprenticeship and Certification Division, and the Industrial Training and Standards & Curriculum Units, please visit
- Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility
An agreement signed by Canada’s Premiers has created the Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility protocol
(2 MB). This protocol directs provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for apprenticeship to provide clear and consistent information for apprentices and employers and to recognize hours worked and technical training successfully completed by apprentices, regardless of the jurisdiction in which they were completed. The protocol applies to apprentices and recent graduates of college trades programs who are moving permanently or temporarily to another province. For more information, choose a topic below. Each of the five links will open in a new window.
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Guidelines: Provides detailed processes, including each province’s or territory’s requirements, to apprentices and recent graduates of college trades programs when moving temporarily or permanently from their home province to another.
Jurisdictional Contact Information
- Atlantic Apprentice Mobility
The Atlantic Memorandum of Understanding
(165 KB) Concerning Apprentice Mobility which was signed by the Premiers and Ministers responsible for apprenticeship in the four Atlantic Provinces now gives a registered apprentice the opportunity to work temporarily at their trade in any of the four (4) Atlantic Provinces. Their hours and workplace skills accumulated by the apprentice will be reviewed, and upon approval, will be recognized by their home province for credit towards their apprenticeship. The registered apprentice will be able to continue to access funding and technical (in-school) training in their home province and complete their apprenticeship under their home province’s requirements
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- Atlantic and National Trade Harmonization Projects
ATCD is an active participant in Atlantic and National trade harmonization initiatives, including the Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project (AAHP) - for the Atlantic Provinces - and the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) Harmonization Initiative - for jurisdictions across Canada. The goal of these projects is to provide greater consistency in apprenticeship training and certification requirements in the areas of training, trade hours, trade names, etc. This will help improve labour and apprentice mobility, both Atlantically and across Canada.
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Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) Harmonization Initiative
- Online Apprenticeship Application
Anyone interested in becoming an apprentice can now apply to register online by using our fillable
(2 MB). The completed application may be sent directly to Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division (ATCD) via email.
- Apprenticeship Handbook
ATCD has developed an Apprenticeship Handbook
(3 MB) which provides important information to anyone interested in becoming a registered apprentice in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Interim Logbooks
Interim logbooks are now available for apprenticeship applicants to record work skills and hours while waiting for the official logbook from ATCD.
- Train Here: A Roadmap for Apprenticeship Renewal
Other Programs and Services
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