Apprentices & trades

Training and certification process

Trades person at work outdoors.

In apprenticeship, you learn skills while you earn money. About 80 per cent of training takes place on the job. At work, you learn the skills of the trade with the help of a qualified tradesperson.

The rest of the training takes place at a college or other technical institute. In-class training ranges from 4 to 12 weeks per year. When you finish your apprenticeship, you become a certified journeyperson.

It can take two to four years to finish your on-the-job and classroom training.

Read more in Step Into the Trades pdf file.


Apprentices earn from 60 per cent to 95 per cent of a journeyperson wage, depending on the trade. The wage goes up as you move from one level of training to the next.


To be an apprentice, you must:

  • be a Yukon resident
  • be at least 16 years old

Our Trade Information Sheet pdf file outlines requirements for each trade, including

  • The number of levels of training for each occupation
  • The number of hours you must work per level
  • The number of weeks of school per level
  • Entrance requirements – minimum grade level for English, Math and Science

Program duration

It can take 2 to 4 years, depending on your previous experience and training and the requirements of the occupation.

How to apply for apprenticeship

To apply, submit

  • an application form pdf file
  • proof of education
  • proof of trade experience
  • copies of your training certificates

Transfer of apprenticeship

If you change employers, you need to contact the apprenticeship office to transfer your apprenticeship.

For carpenter and construction electrician trades
Vernon Beebe 867-456-3867 or
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 3867

For all other trade areas
Eric Huggard 867-667-5140 or
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5140

In-school training enrolment

To request in-school training for your trade you will need to complete the Enrolment Form for In-School Training pdf file and return it to the apprenticeship office as outlined on the form.

Find apprentice level training available at Yukon College for 2018-19 .

Trades Qualification Program

The Trades Qualification Program may provide Yukon journeyperson certification to people who

  • present verification of having successfully completed an apprenticeship program in the trade;
  • present verification of holding a Certificate of Qualification in the trade issued by a jurisdiction outside of Yukon
  • have gained the required trade experience

To apply, submit

  • your Trade Qualification Application pdf file
  • copies of your training certificates
  • any trades qualification certificates you’ve earned
  • a Trade Experience Verification Form for your trade.

Hairstylist and Welder Trades Qualifier applicants must complete both written and practical examinations in order to receive a Certificate of Qualification in these trades.

Trade experience verification forms

All files are in PDF pdf file and will open in a new window:

Automotive Painter
Automotive Service Technician 
Communication Electrician 
Community Antenna Television Technician 
Electric Motor System Technician   
Electronics Technician   
Floorcovering Installer  
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (Off Road)  
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic  
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Industrial Warehouse Worker  
Insulator (Heat and Frost)   
Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
Motor Vehicle Body Prepper
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) 
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
Oil Burner Mechanic
Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
Painter Decorator   
Power System Electrician 
Powerline Technician
Refrigeration Mechanic      
RV Service Technician  
Sawfitter Sawfiler  
Sheet Metal Worker  
Sprinkler System Installer   
Transport Trailer Technician 
Truck and Transport Technician  

Some trades have no training available. In this case, you must apply through the Trades Qualification Program. All Trade Experience Verification forms are in PDF pdf file and will open in a new window. These trades include:

Communication Electrician
Community Antenna Television Technician
Electronics Technician 


Contact Apprenticeship

For carpenter and construction electrician trades
Vernon Beebe 867-456-3867 or
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 3867

For all other trade areas
Eric Huggard 867-667-5140 or
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5140

Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications
Department of Education
1000 Lewes Boulevard
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Fax: 867-667-8555

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