The ministry has just starting to schedule C of Q exams again so currently there is a bit of a backlog. I believe staff is scheduling for mid to late November.

The process hasn’t changed. Once an apprentice’s completion documents have been processed and approved by the ministry, the Ontario College of Trades receives the information overnight so apprentices will be able to see completion information on their website the next day.

When an apprentice has completed and is ready to schedule a Certificate of Qualification exam, here are the steps:

1. As early as 1 business day following the completion of the Apprenticeship by the ministry, contact the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) to pay the exam fee.

Ontario College of Trades

Tel: 1(647) 847-3000 / Toll Free: 1(855) 299-0028

E-mail: info@collegeoftrades.ca

2. After the exam fee has been made to OCOT, contact a Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLT&SD) office to schedule an exam. Leave a message or send an email. Staff will get in touch with you.

London office contact information is:

519-675-7788 or 1-800-265-1050 EXT. 0

E-Mail: appr.london@ontario.ca (recommended)

Membership in Journeyperson Candidates class allows completed apprentices in compulsory trades to work in their trade for up to 12 months while they prepare for their certification examination. After 12 months, they lose their membership privileges, including being able to work in the compulsory aspects of their trades without a Certificate of Qualification.


Primary Purpose: to assist a Sheet Metal Worker in the fabrication, assembly, installation and repair of sheet metal equipment, products and structures.

Typical Duties

Help set up or operate soldering and welding equipment, fabricating machines, etc; load, transport, unload, and furnish an experienced craft worker with materials, tools, equipment and supplies; clean work area and restock supplies and materials as necessary.

May erect scaffolding; assist in lifting, positioning and securing of materials and work pieces during installation. May perform minor maintenance or cleaning of tools and equipment. May smooth seams, joints, or burred surfaces, using files or grinders.

Will perform other routine duties as directed by a Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker.


Under the direction and supervision of a Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker, you should be able to:

Follow specific directions, perform a variety of duties that may often change, work within standards of accuracy and repeat tasks of short duration according to a set procedure.

Evaluate information using measurable standards.

Plan, layout, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal parts, equipment and products, utilizing a knowledge of working characteristics of metallic and non-metallic materials, machining, and layout techniques.

Use hand tools, power tools, machines, and equipment. Read and interpret blueprints, sketches, or product specifications to determine sequence and methods of fabricating, assembling and installing sheet metal products.

Select gauge and type of sheet metal such as galvanized iron, copper, steel or aluminum.

Use non-metallic material, such as plastic or fiberglass, according to product specifications.

Layout and mark dimensions and reference lines on material using scribers, dividers, squares and rulers.

Apply knowledge of shop mathematics and layout techniques to develop and trace patterns to product or parts (or use templates).

Set up and operate fabricating machines such as shears, brakes and presses, forming rolls and routers to cut, bend block and form or straighten materials.

Shape metal material over an anvil, block or other form, using hand tools.

Trim, file, grind, de-burr, buff and smooth surfaces, using hand tools or portable power tools.

Weld, solder, bolt, rivet, screw, clip, caulk and bond component parts to assemble products, using hand tools, power tools, and equipment.

Install assemblies in a supportive framework according to blueprints, using hand tools, power tools, and lifting and handling devices.

Inspect assemblies and installation for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments required.

Repair and maintain sheet metal products.

In addition to these duties:

You may operate computer aided drafting (CAD) equipment to develop scale drawings of products or systems.

You may operate laser beam cutter or plasma cutter to cut patterns from sheet metal.

You may be designated by a type of metal such as Coppersmith or Tinsmith; or according to type of activity, such as special items installed by a Sheet Metal Worker or Service Mechanic.

A High School Diploma or GED is required.

On-the-job and related training is also required.

Workers must adhere to the London Sheet Metal Workers Local #473 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Physical Demands

Must be able to: Stand or walk for long periods of time during a regular work day; use arms and hands to reach for, handle and manipulate objects; lift and carry materials weighing 50 to 100 pounds; climb up and down ladders, scaffolds and other climbing devices; carry tools and equipment; work while in stooped, kneeling, crouched, and crawling positions; be able to see naturally or with correction, to safely perform designated tasks.

Environmental and Weather Conditions

Must be able to: Perform assigned tasks under all types of environmental and weather conditions including severe cold, extreme heat, wet or dry weather and high winds. Environmental conditions may include areas where toxic or caustics chemicals or fumes are in use or being stored.

You should be able to withstand a noise intensity level of 4, close proximity to moving mechanical parts, working in high, exposed levels as well as in close, cramped quarters.

May be required to operate or work around powder-actuated hand tools such as ram-sets, Hilti-guns, etc.

Employees will not be subjected to hazardous conditions without the proper safety equipment and training relative to the work being done.

NOTE: The above description covers the principle duties and responsibilities of the job. The description shall not however, be construed as a complete listing of all miscellaneous, incidental or similar duties which may be required from day-to-day. The purpose of this job description is not to limit the jurisdictional claims of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association or the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #473.