TORONTO — The Ontario government has gradually reopened all 24 provincial centres for apprenticeship and trade-related certifications meaning skilled tradespeople can now book their final exams at their local apprenticeship office.
Exam centres were closed for regular in-person exams in March due to COVID-19. All centres and partner sites have put safety measures in place such as mandating wearing masks, spacing exam desks at least two metres apart and limiting the number of examinees, indicates a government release.
While apprentices and journeyperson applicants normally have a 12-month deadline to pass the trade exam in order to maintain their status, due to COVID-19, a six-month extension was provided in March.
The ministry is drawing on its partnerships with external training delivery agents, such as unions and colleges, to help alleviate the accumulated backlog by providing space to host exams, adds the release. Since exams resumed, there have been five sessions scheduled at partner sites, while more than 600 exams have been written at ministry exam centres.