Fact Sheet – Designated Trades

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

NOC 2016¹ Designated trades in Manitoba Manitoba Trade Profile
  Includes nine (9) COMPULSORY Trades Open and select trade
7241 Construction Electrician
7242 Industrial Electrician
7371 Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator
7313 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
7252 Sprinkler System Installer
7252 Steamfitter-Pipefitter
6562 Esthetician
6562 Electrologist
6341 Hairstylist
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.)


Regulated titles:

  • 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).

Credential assessment:

  • Not applicable. See Certificate of Qualification examination (below).

Language proficiency:

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:

Occupational standards:

Membership association:

  • There are numerous membership associations representing various trades and fields.


Employment outlook:

  • 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:

To search job postings in any occupation visit:

  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

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.