1 – Cannot open the Application for Apprenticeship PDF?
- Ensure that you are using the most up-to-date Adobe Reader for your computer. The update for this software can be found here >>
- Ensure that you have downloaded the documents directly to your computer, do not attempt to open them in your browser. Once you have downloaded all three documents, go to your ‘downloads’ folder and open them directly from your computer.
2- What is the trade code and trade name for your Apprenticeship Program?
Trade code: 441C Trade Name: Horticultural Technician
3- What documents are permissible for proof of age?
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities permits any of the following documents to be used to determine the age of an apprentice candidate:
- Drivers license
- Birth Certificate
- Baptismal Certificate
- Ontario Photo Card
- Nexus Card
- Firearms License
A – What if you do not have any of these documents?
i) An apprentice can provide a recent photo accompanied by a letter from a notary public or lawyer confirming the date of the photo, name, and age of apprentice.
Depending on the registration timeline
ii) The apprentice can apply for an Ontario Photocard. Any resident of Ontario that does not have a driver’s license can apply for a Ontario Photocard. Click here for more information >>
4- What documents are permissible for proof of SIN?
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities permits any of the following documents to be used to determine the SIN of an apprentice candidate:
- SIN Card
- Tax Form T4
- Service Canada SIN Confirmation
A- What if you have lost your SIN card?
The apprentice can apply to Service Canada for a FREE paper copy of their SIN information. Click here for more information >>
5 – What documents are permissible for proof of Education?
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities permits any of the following documents to be used to determine the education level of an apprentice candidate:
- High School Diploma
- Post-secondary diploma / degree
- Upgrading certificate – Canada
- Upgrading certificate – Ontario
- GED Certificate
a) What if you misplaced your diploma from high school?
The apprentice can contact their former educational institute (school) and request a copy of their transcript.
b) What is the grade requirement to register as a Horticultural Technician Apprentice?
An apprentice in the Horticultural Apprenticeship Program must have successfully completed Grade 12 or equivalent. When applying as an apprentice, provide the Ministry with your highest level of education.
c) What if you do not have the required level of education for the Apprenticeship?
Employment Ontario offers a number of services to help students over the age of 19 achieve academic upgrading. Talk with employment Ontario about their Literacy and basic skills program. Click here for complete ways to contact EO >>
d) What if your education documents are from a country outside of Canada or the United States?
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) requires that any document from outside of Canada or the United States be evaluated and accredited by an educational assessment firm to compares it to the Canadian Educational system. A reputable accreditation service that can assess your documents is the World Education Service. Click here for more information >>
The MTCU permits any of the following documents to be used to determine the education of an apprentice candidate from outside Canada or the United States, when accompanied by accreditation:
- GED Certificate – foreign (accredited to meet Grade 12)
- High School Diploma – foreign (accredited to meet Grade 12)
- Post-secondary diploma – foreign (accredited to meet or exceed Grade 12)
- Trade Certificate – foreign (accredited to meet Grade 12)
6) Do you have to join the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and pay their fee?
YES, every registered apprentice must be a member and paid their fees to OCOT. There are a number of benefits for apprentice members to take advantage of. For more information click here >>
IF YOU DO NOT, your training agreement with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will be cancelled and you will no longer be registered as an apprentice.
A) You did not pay your OCOT membership fee within the 90 day probation period, what do you do?
- The Apprentice will contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) office that they applied to and inquire on the status of their apprenticeship. Click here for a list of MTCU offices >>
- If the agreement has been cancelled, you will need to re-register. Click here for the required steps to re-register with the MTCU >>