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Ontario Apprenticeship Testing Centre

Apprenticeship Exemption

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.

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