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Apprenticeship Exemption Test (APPR)

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (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 Employment and Training Division of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) at 519-653-5758 or Ontario College of Trades at 1 (855) 299-0028 (within Ontario only)


Exemption tests for apprentices and non-apprentices are scheduled at the Doon – Kitchener campus. Test candidates must bring photo identification on the day of writing. Test candidates must register a minimum 7 days prior to the preferred test day.


$155.00 per Apprenticeship Exemption Test

How to register

The exemption tests are written in sequential order. Contact 519-748-5220, ext 2260 or email to confirm your writing eligibility and to obtain a registration form, an exam breakdown and a testing schedule.

Who to contact

For more information on the process of exemption testing for apprentices and non-apprentices, please contact 519-748-5220, ext 2260 or email

Sample test

Not applicable

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