Seneca is authorized by the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to administer trade exemption testing for apprentices and non-apprentices.
Ontario Apprenticeship Testing Centre
Seneca’s on-campus Test Centre locations are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, we are providing limited testing services with online proctoring. Please visit our COVID-19 updates page for more information. Apprentices and skilled tradespeople can now book their exemption tests at their local apprenticeship office.
Dependent on job experience, as well as level of expertise, apprentices may challenge the in-school component of the various apprenticeship levels found within their trade-specific apprenticeship program.
Upon successfully completing a trade exemption assessment, apprentices may be exempted from some or all of an apprenticeship’s formal instruction requirements.
- Eligible applicants must possess all the entry-level requirements for the trade they wish to obtain an exemption. Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program participants may also write an Apprenticeship Exemption assessment
- Exemption tests must be written in sequential order and without any omissions
- Successful completion of an Apprenticeship Exemption assessment requires a grade of 70 per cent or higher
- After successfully completing an Apprenticeship Exemption assessment, students have two years to become a registered apprentice
- If a student has not obtained a grade of 70 per cent or higher, they must wait three months before being permitted to re-write the exemption assessment
- Most exemption assessments take three hours to complete
- Minimum age to write an exemption test is 16