TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario College of Trades (the College) is calling for written submissions from skilled tradespeople and interested stakeholders about whether the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade should be classified as a compulsory trade or remain a voluntary trade.
The College is asking interested stakeholders to send in written submissions that meet the criteria set out on the College's website: www.collegeoftrades.ca/about/review-panels/trade-classification. The deadline for written submissions is November 8, 2013 at 2:00pm.
Once the deadline has passed, individuals who made a written submission will be invited to make an oral submission to a Review Panel that is independent of the College. The independent Review Panel will then make a decision on the classification of the trade based solely on the written and oral submissions received.
The College will continue to turn to its stakeholders and members to get their feedback on important issues that affect their careers and businesses.
There are currently 22 skilled trades that are designated compulsory. In order to practice in a compulsory trade, an individual must be one of the following:
- A licensed journeyperson - a holder of a valid Certificate of Qualification; or
- A journeyperson candidate; or
- A registered apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; or
- A holder of a provisional Certificate of Qualification.
Examples of compulsory trades include: plumber, automotive service technician and hairstylist.
There are currently 134 trades designated as voluntary. Certification is offered in some voluntary trades, but is not a requirement to practice in the trade.
Examples of voluntary trades include: roofer, cook and welder.
SOURCE: Ontario College of Trades
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