So, what is an Apprentice?

Apprenticeship training is “earning while learning.”

  1. Apprentices in the various trades are employed in their respective industries and work under the supervision of journeypersons.
  2. After they have completed a set number of hours of work, they attend training sessions at specified intervals.
  3. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, participants are eligible to write an examination to become certified in the trade.
  4. 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,
  • Based on secondary education,

  • Work experience or other requirements specified by the SATCC,
  • Specific subjects are required for some trades,
  • Individuals will need to have their Grade 12 (with no modified classes) or GED 12,
  • Must be working in construction for a minimum of six months before applying,
  • A contractual agreement is signed by the employee, 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.

Others start their own businesses. Some become trade teachers or sales representatives. Skills learned are portable throughout the province and nationally through the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.

Length of Program

Working full-time, it takes approximately three to five years (depending on which trade) to complete all program requirements. To move from one level to the next level, the participant 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 towards 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

SIIT, together with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, formed the SIIT Joint Training Committee (SIIT JTC) in 1998. The SIIT JTC enables qualified First Nation individuals to more easily enter construction trades as apprentices. The trades that the SIIT JTC is involved with include trades commonly in residential, commercial and light industrial construction.

Examples include:

  • Automotive Service Technician,
  • Boom Truck Operator B,
  • Bricklayer,
  • Carpenter,
  • Construction Craft Labourer
  • Construction Electrician,
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint),
  • Plumber,
  • Steamfitter / Pipefitter,
  • Truck & Transport Mechanic and,
  • Welder.

Creating Opportunities for First Nations/Aboriginal Apprenticeship

In 1999, SIIT worked with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) to establish the SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC). The JTC indentures First Nations / Metis people in the construction trades in Saskatchewan and assists the apprentices to achieve full journeyperson status in their respective trades.

SIIT works closely with the SATCC to create opportunities for apprenticeship and achieve its goals and objectives, along with those of the Construction Career Centres and the SATCC. SATCC Apprenticeship Awards, October 24, 2014 - Conexus Arts Centre Regina, SK.  These awards are given annually to acknowledge and celebrate the successful designation of a Journeyperson, through demonstrating hard work, dedication, overcoming adversity and high achievement on the inter-provincial exam in their chosen trade.


Sask. Apprenticeship Award Winners 2010

PHOTO left to right:  Shelley Macnab JTC Coordinator, Jeff Sider Saskatoon Carpenter, Ryan Langan Saskatoon Carpenter, Shane Marsollier Prince Albert Industrial Mechanic (Millwright),  Jason Johnson Spruce Home Carpenter, Joshua King Regina Carpenter, Perry Merasty Regina Carpenter, Kim Fraser-Saddleback V.P. Student Services & Academics.  Missing: Vincent Bird, Saskatoon Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)


Further Information contact:

Shelley Macnab

Coordinator, Joint Training Committee (306) 244-4460