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Apprenticeship/Trades Exemption Testing (APPR)

The (formerly MTCU) has authorized community colleges to administer trade exemption testing for apprentices and non-apprentices.

Apprentices may challenge within their community colleges the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels of the trade-specific apprenticeship program depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting at level one.

The exemption tests are based on the formal instruction requirements for an apprenticeship program.


To be eligible to write an exemption test, the apprentices or non-apprentices must possess the entry requirements for the trade. Minimum age to write the test is 16. Trade-specific standards and entry requirements can be obtained from the local Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Training Office at 111-704-2991 or .

Take an exemption test

Apprentice Exemption Testing (also known as Excusal Testing) is offered for more than 40 trades.

Registered and non-registered apprentices can call 111-111-1111 extension 7589 for more information regarding testing.

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Niagara College Welland Campus
300 Woodlawn Road,
Welland, ON L3C 7L3