Fact Sheet - Designated Trades

Regulated professionThere are over 55 designated trades in Manitoba. While trades are regulated occupations, only 9 trades have compulsory certification, meaning you must either be a registered apprentice or journeyperson to work in them:

Regulatory bodyProvince of Manitoba - Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration - Apprenticeship Manitoba
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)
Membership associationsThere are numerous membership associations representing various trades and fields.
Certification processSee Apprenticeship Manitoba - Experienced Tradespersons - Apply to Challenge the Certification Exam.
Language proficiencyThere are no specific language requirements to challenge the certification exam. However, to gain employment as a journeyperson or apprentice, individuals must demonstrate a proficiency level in English (or, where applicable, French) which ensures they can safely and efficiently perform their trade and carry out the responsibilities of their job. A minimum of CLB 7 is strongly recommended.
Occupational standardsClick on the trade on the list of trade profiles and scroll down to the Training Standards section.

Some designated trades in Manitoba are also Red Seal trades. To view the Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) for a trade, click on the trade on the list of all Red Seal trades and scroll down to find the appropriate link.
Essential skills profileGo to Job Bank - Explore careers by essential skills, search for the occupation via name or NOC code, and view the essential skills profile.
Employment outlookGo to Job Bank - Explore job outlooks, search the occupation name or NOC code, and view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.
Job search toolsTo search job postings in any occupation, visit Job Bank or Work in Manitoba.
Related occupations/alternate careers (NOC 2021)To search related occupations:

  1. Go to National Occupational Classification - Hierarchy and structure;
  2. Ensure that the latest version (NOC 2021) is selected;
  3. Identify the 5-digit code for the trade (e.g., 72200);
  4. Expand a section based on the first 1 to 4 digits of the code to view occupations in the same major, sub-major, or minor group.
Last updated December 2022.


  1. This fact sheet serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration processes, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
  2. The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access four versions of NOC (2021, 2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. When searching an occupation on the NOC website, always use the most recent version (NOC 2021).
  3. The regulatory body is the only organization that can grant entry into a regulated occupation via registration and the issuing of a licence or certificate. Other organizations (e.g., national bodies, regional bodies, membership associations, etc.) are not regulatory bodies.