An Update from Apprenticeship Manitoba

What industry needs to know

Submitted by Apprenticeship Manitoba

Designation of Baker

On March 14, 2018, the Apprenticeship and Certification Board approved the designation of the trade of Baker on a trades qualification only basis. This will be the first trade in Manitoba to be designated for trades qualification only.

This designation means that experienced tradespeople will have the opportunity to challenge the Red Seal Baker exam in Manitoba. No formal apprenticeship technical training will be provided through the Manitoba government.

Apprenticeship Manitoba is working with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship to ensure interprovincial requirements are met for Red Seal endorsement as part of the trade designation process. In addition, Ministerial approval will be required in order to register the regulation. Please be aware that this process may take up to one year to complete.

Designated trainers

On March 20, 2018, the Manitoba government amended the Apprenticeship and Certification – General Regulation and extended the Designated Trainer Provision to March 1, 2023. This means that designated trainers will continue to be permitted to train apprentices until March 1, 2023.

A designated trainer is an experienced, but uncertified, tradesperson that is equivalent to a journeyperson for the purpose of apprentice supervision.

How can I become a designated trainer?

Applications to become a designated trainer are considered in voluntary trades only. To become a designated trainer, experienced tradespeople must complete a Designated Trainer Application and a Work Experience Form to demonstrate significant knowledge and experience in the trade (a minimum of 70 per cent of scope of the trade). To access the Designated Trainer Application form, please visit:

For more information on the apprenticeship and certification system, please visit the Apprenticeship Manitoba office nearest to you or visit our website at

Apprenticeship and Certification Board Strategic Plan 2018–2023

The Apprenticeship and Certification Board has released its Strategic Plan 2018–2023 following an extensive consultation with stakeholders from across the province. After considering the feedback gained from consultation, four key priority areas were identified for 2018–2023: Inclusive and Engaged; Quality and Innovation; Access and Success; and Responsive and Accountable.

A copy of the new Strategic Plan can be found here:

Interprovincial Harmonization of Apprenticeship Programs

The board is currently working with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship to harmonize apprenticeship programs across Canada in order to facilitate apprentice mobility through the national harmonization initiative. The next set of Red Seal trades scheduled for harmonization in Fall 2019 are: Rig technician, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, insulator (heat and frost), machinist and tool and die maker. Additional information on the harmonization project can be found at

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