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The following link provides information on community colleges in Ontario that offer training in this occupation: http://www.ontariocolleges.ca
The minimum education to enter an apprenticeship is grade 12 or ministry-approved equivalent education. A strong background in Mathematics, Science, Physics, English and Machine Shop is very helpful. Employers also prefer completion of a college or technical training program.
Students who have completed Grade 10 can apply to become a registered apprentice for this trade while finishing high school under the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). For more information, please visit the OYAP Web site at http://oyap.ca/.
A General Machinist apprenticeship takes up to four years to complete. The in-class training is made up of three eight-week sessions. Machinists who can prove that they have equivalent training and experience may be eligible to write the certification examination.
Trade certification is voluntary for machinists and machining tool inspectors in Ontario. More information on apprenticeship and certification can be found on the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Web site at http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/ under Apprenticeship.
Certified journeypersons in this trade can also obtain a Red Seal endorsement if they successfully complete an interprovincial standards Red Seal examination. (http://www.red-seal.ca/).