Experienced Tradespersons

Apply to Challenge the Certification Exam

If you currently reside in Manitoba you may be eligible to apply to challenge for a Certificate of Qualification.

If you are approved to write the exam it must be written in Manitoba.

Applications take up to 8 weeks to process after payment and all documents are received.


Eligibility Requirements

You must meet all three requirements to be eligible.

  • Demonstrated minimum number of years working in the trade
  • Demonstrated minimum number of hours working in the trade
  • Demonstrated experience in at least 70 percent scope of the trade

To learn more about trade specific requirements, please see the Trade Profiles.

Note: If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for your trade, but have some work experience, you still have options through apprenticeship training. Your previous work experience can be assessed through discussions with your employer and the Apprenticeship Training Coordinator assigned to your trade This assessment may reduce the overall length of your apprenticeship program.


Application Checklist

If the trade profile page doesn’t have the declaration forms available, contact tradesQ@gov.mb.ca.

ALL declarations will be verified and additional information to support your application may be required. In addition, the employment information on the front page of the application must match the supplied employer/statutory declarations and meets the minimum time requirements for both years and hours. To check the requirements for each trade, visit the specific trade page on the list above.

NOTE: An interview with the Qualifications Assessor may be required so that you can better express your work experience.

Questions about Trades Qualification? Contact the Trades Qualification Assessor directly at tradesQ@gov.mb.ca.


Important Information for Hairstylists and Estheticians

If you are applying for Trades Qualification as a Hairstylist or Esthetician and waiting for your Trades Qualification application to be approved you may apply for a Temporary Authorization to Practice so that you can legally work in your trade in Manitoba.

Learn more at Temporary Authorization to Practise.


Cross Trade Credits

In related trades your Certificate of Qualification may reduce the hours and years required in another trade. Please disclose all applicable information in your application form.

Trades that may be eligible for cross trade credit:

  • Cabinetmaker
  • Construction Electrician
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Ironworker (Generalist)
  • Machinist
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Automotive Painter
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
  • Power Electrician
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic – Commercial and Residential
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Sprinkler Fitter
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic
  • Transport Trailer Technician