Last updated: December 2019
- Each of the designated trades
|NOC 2016¹||Designated trades in Manitoba||Manitoba Trade Profile|
|Includes nine (9) COMPULSORY Trades||Open and select trade|
|7371||Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator|
|7313||Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic|
|7252||Sprinkler System Installer|
|All other designated trades are VOLUNTARY (non-compulsory)|
|See Types of Trades|
|See Complete list of 55+ Designated Trades in MB|
|NOC 2016¹||To search a VOLUNTARY trade using NOC:||See all Trade Profiles|
|Open NOC 2016 link|
|Type trade name in Quick Search window (e.g. plumber, carpenter, automobile mechanic, etc.)|
- Province of Manitoba, Department of Education and Training, Apprenticeship Manitoba
- Webpage for Experienced Tradespersons
- Contact information
- Journeyperson – holder of a Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade
- Apprentice – an individual participating in an apprenticeship program / registered with Apprenticeship Manitoba
Application process: (for trade certification)
- See Certificate of Qualification examination (below).
- Not applicable. See Certificate of Qualification examination (below).
There is no language proficiency requirement to challenge (write) the Certification Exam. However, to gain employment as a Journeyperson (or Apprentice), individuals must demonstrate to employers a level of English (or, where applicable) French language proficiency which ensures they can safely and efficiently perform their trade and carry out the responsibilities of their job. A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 is strongly recommended. See CLB Can Do Statements.
Certificate of Qualification examination:
- See Experienced Tradespersons – Apply to Challenge the Exam – Experienced tradespersons can apply to Apprenticeship Manitoba to challenge (write) the certification exam for a designated trade. To be eligible to write the exam, applicants must demonstrate:
– a minimum number of years working in the trade
– a minimum number of hours working in the trade
– experience in at least 70 percent scope of the trade
National program / Interprovincial standard:
- Some Manitoba Trades are also Red Seal Trades. Check the Manitoba Trade profile for the Red Seal image indicating a Red Seal
- See Red Seal information for skilled tradespersons trained outside of Canada at Information for Foreign Workers.
- See Manitoba Trade profiles. Open link; select a trade; scroll to Training Standards section.
- See also National Occupational Analyses (NOA) which sets the standard for each Red Seal trade.
- There are numerous membership associations representing various trades and fields.
- Trade Profiles at Apprenticeship Manitoba
- Essential Skills for Trades
- Red Seal Program – Information for Foreign Workers
- Open Explore careers by outlooks
- Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
- Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.
Job search tools:
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Related occupations / Alternate careers:
There are many reasons an internationally-trained trades person may be interested in working in a related occupation. Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:
- apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
- gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing trade certification;
- gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue trade certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue trade
To search related occupations using the NOC 2016 Quick Search tool:
- Open NOC 2016;
- Identify the 4-digit NOC code for your trade (e.g. 7242 Industrial electrician);
- In the quick search window, enter only the first three (3) digits of your NOC code (e.g. 724) to view a list of occupations related to your 4-digit NOC;
- In the quick search window, enter only the first two (2) digits of your NOC code (e.g. 72) to view a broader list of occupations related to the 4-digit NOC
Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division. It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.