Registration process to transition from OYAP Participant

to Registered OYAP Apprentice

Deciding your post-secondary pathway is no easy task. We are happy to hear that you have a keen and committed interest in pursuing a career in the Apprenticeship pathway!!!

What you need to know:

Registered Training Agreements (RTAs) are decided on a case by case basis by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Employment and Training Consultants (ETCs). ETCs are responsible for ensuring that employers are willing and able to meet the obligations of a sponsor for the purpose of an apprenticeship program and that the student is committed towards the trade/occupation and the potential of the student continuing in the trade following graduation of secondary school.

To be a successful Apprentice candidate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the criteria for participating through OYAP;
  • Understand the safety regulations for the trade/occupation;
  • Is interested in the trade/occupation and is considering the trade/occupation as a career, and/or apprenticeship as a pathway;
  • Understands the commitment to the learning at the placement and the responsibilities as an OYAP student;
  • Is prepared with sufficient knowledge and skills to begin the placement;
  • Understand the Apprenticeship Training Standards that will be included with the student’s Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP).

The signed RTA is a legal document which outlines your responsibilities as an apprentice and the responsibilities of your employer/sponsor. The training agreement is not a contract of employment. If your employer/sponsor changes, you must notify the MTCU and arrange for a new training agreement to be signed.

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) was created to be an industry-driven organization that will promote the trades and protect the public interest by regulating the trades in Ontario.

  • As of April 8, 2013, sections of the OCTA Act (OCTAA), 2009 are now in effect and under OCTAA, OYAP apprentices (i.e. OYAP participants with an RTA) are required to become members of OCOT.
  • However, while in OYAP a registered apprentice is exempt from:
  1. Membership fees;
  2. Appearing in OCOT public register
  3. Being called before any OCOT committees on conduct and fitness to practice.
  4. Note: These exemptions end when the OYAP apprentice completes or withdraws from OYAP.

For more information about OCOT, please visit their website at

Once you have signed an RTA:

  • On the day that the RTA is registered by MTCU the OYAP apprentice will have 30 days to register with OCOT.
  • Upon registration with OCOT, OYAP apprentices will receive a statement of membership and a membership card in the mail. If you do not receive your statement of membership or membership card, please contact OCOT. Apprentices will also receive a wallet card from MTCU. You must carry these cards along with your OYAP wallet card with you while on the job and be prepared to present it to an Inspector if asked.
  • Note: If new apprentices do not become members within the required time period, the RTA will be cancelled (notification will be sent to the apprentice and the sponsor).
  • Note2: If your address, sponsor/employer, status as a secondary student or status as an apprentice changes, you must contact the Training Consultant from MTCU and inform OCOT!

Once you have graduated and left secondary school:

  • You will be required to pay a membership fee (on the anniversary of initial membership date) to OCOT if they continue to have an RTA.
  • All OYAP exemptions will be lifted.
  • You will receive an offer to attend trade school. The trade school notice generally comes in the mail and will be sent approximately 3 months prior to the start date of class. You must be a graduate of secondary school before accepting an offer for trade school. Act quickly; speak with your employer first then call to reserve your seat. Instructions will come with the offer. IMPORTANT: as soon as you graduate from secondary school contact MTCU to let them know, this will ensure that you get on the list to receive a trade schooling offer.
  • There are a number of grants and tax benefits to be aware of that may assist you. Actively pursue what is available; as, these opportunities will sometimes be discontinued and others introduced.