So, what is an Apprentice?

Apprenticeship training is “earning while learning”

  • Apprentices in the various trades are employed by their respective industries and work under the supervision of journeypersons.
  • After they have completed a set number of hours of work, they attend training sessions at specified intervals.
  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship program participants are eligible to write an examination to become certified in the trade.
  • Under certain conditions individuals with considerable trade experience are eligible to challenge the trade certification exam.


How do you become an Apprentice?

Contact Shelley Macnab - Coordinator, Joint Training Committee: (306) 244-4460

  • Varies with individual trades,
  • Is based on secondary education,

  • Experience or other requirements specified by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission,
  • Specific program courses are required for some trades,
  • Individuals will need to have their Grade 12 (with no modified classes) or GED 12,
  • For construction apprenticeships, applicants must be working in construction for a minimum of six months before applying,
  • Contractual agreement signed with an SIIT JTC Coordinator, and the Executive Director of Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Overview

Career Opportunities

  • Highly skilled construction trade workers are in demand. Journeypersons find work in residential, commercial, and industrial construction as certified tradespersons and as construction site foremen or supervisors.
  • Other graduates start their own businesses, while some become trade teachers or sales representatives. Skills learned are portable throughout the province and across the nation through the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.

Length of Program

  • While working full-time, it takes approximately three to five years, depending on the trade, to complete all program requirements. To move from one level to the next, participants must complete enough on-the-job work experience to total at least 1800 hours.
  • Several levels of technical training must be completed. Generally, there is one training session per year, each with a length of seven to nine weeks.

Location and Start Date

  • Individuals who want to work toward trade certification can start the process at any time. Individuals can be employed anywhere in the province. The technical and theoretical training sessions are scheduled on an annual basis by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.

For more information contact a Career Centre near you or one of the apprenticeship and trade certification offices.


SIIT Joint Training Committee - Creating Opportunities for First Nations Apprenticeship

In 1998, SIIT joined with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) to establish the SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC). The JTC enables qualified First Nations individuals to more easily enter construction trades as apprentices and assists them to achieve full journeyperson status in their respective trades. The JTC-supported trades include those commonly used in residential, commercial and light industrial construction.


Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Awards - 2015

The SIIT Journeyperson of the Year is given out annually at the SATCC Outstanding Journeyperson of the Year awards night.


Sask. Apprenticeship Award Winners 2010

Pictured from Left to right:  Mark Pollard-Dean, Trades & Industrial, Shelley Macnab-Joint Training Committee,  Shylah Nokusis-Carpenter, Mark Gettle-Director of Career Centres, Joelle Nicotine-Welder, Richard Tanner-Carpenter, Brian Poitras, Carpenter.

Further Information contact:

Shelley Macnab
Coordinator, Joint Training Committee (306) 244-4460