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  |   Videos – July 20, 2017 Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) process – July 20, 2017 Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) process

If you have work experience and training in a skilled trade from Ontario or another province, territory or country, you can have your experience and skills compared to an apprenticeship program in Ontario.

The Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) process assesses your skills based on one of the over 150 Ontario apprenticeship programs.  If you meet all the training requirements of a particular apprenticeship program, you will qualify to apply for certification for that trade. (

To find out if this process is right for you and instructions on how to apply, please visit our website at:

Please note that the TEA evaluation process takes a minimum of 8 weeks. The process may take longer if information is incomplete or references cannot be reached immediately.

Once the assessment is complete, you will be notified by letter and email (if applicable) of your assessment results. If you are approved to write the Certificate of Qualification exam, you will need to contact the Ontario College of Trades to pay the Certificate of Qualification exam fee of $169.50 ($150.00 + HST) and book a time to write your Certificate of Qualification exam at your local Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development apprenticeship office.

A list of apprenticeship offices can be found at the following link:

If the application has not been approved, the applicant has 40 days to request an appeal and submit further documentation that indicates the required hours or skills. If the application is rejected again, the College may recommend that further training be acquired before re-submitting their application. If the College does not receive a request to appeal within the 60 day window, the application denial will stand.

If you have any further questions or concerns please call us at 1-855-299-0028.  Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.


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