Apprenticeship Fee Updates

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship is committed to maintaining a responsive, industry-driven apprenticeship certification system that meets labour market needs. In order to meet this mandate, Saskatchewan Apprenticeship is raising apprenticeship fees.

These increases will allow us to continue providing our apprentices with timely, high-quality technical training, and will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the apprenticeship and certification system of training in Saskatchewan.

Apprenticeship training and trade certification remains one of our province’s most cost-effective post-secondary training options. Apprentices do the majority of their learning on the job while earning a good wage. And apprenticeship leads to a rewarding, well-paying career in the skilled trades. Apprentices spend only 15 per cent of their time in technical training, and they only pay tuition fees while attending training.

Affected Fees:

  • Tuition fees are increasing by $10 per week, from $95 per week to $105 per week for most programs.
  • Apprentices usually attend eight weeks of technical training over a course of four years. Technical training will now cost approximately $840 per year with the increase. Previously, apprentices paid about $760 per year. So the increase works out to about $80 more per year.
  • Apprentice fees will change as follows:
    • registration fee will increase from $175 to $200;
    • written exam fee will increase from $100 to $125;
    • practical exam fee will increase from $160 to $175;
    • examination review fee will increase from $100 to $125.
  • For a complete, updated list of tuition fees and corresponding trades, please visit


  • In order to ensure that our apprentices continue to have access to timely, quality training, we need to adjust fees from time to time.
  • Saskatchewan Apprenticeship contracts a variety of post-secondary institutions, including Saskatchewan Polytechnic, to provide training. Training costs continue to increase over time.


  • New tuition and registration fees are effective January 1, 2018.

 Who Does It Affect?  

  • These fees impact apprentices—those who are attending technical training, those who are registering with us, and those who are writing examinations.

 Financial Assistance Available:  

  • Employment Insurance while attending training
  • Provincial Training Allowance offered through the Ministry of the Economy while attending technical training, for those who qualify
  • The Federal Apprenticeship Incentive Grants in Red Seal trades offer $1,000 for successful completion of Level 1 training, $1,000 for successful completion of Level 2 training, and a $2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant for achieving journeyperson certification
  • Federal Tradesperson’s Tools Deduction of up to $500 annually to help cover the cost of new tools
  • The Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program provides a tax credit on tuition fees paid by eligible graduates who live in Saskatchewan and who file a Saskatchewan income tax return
  • Grade 12 graduates are also eligible for the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, which provides up to $500 per year (to a lifetime maximum of $2,000) that may be applied to tuition costs within Saskatchewan
  • The Canada Apprentice Loan provides apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with access to up to $4,000 interest-free for each level of technical training
  • For more information on financial supports, please visit:

For More Information:

  • Please call 1-877-363-0536 or email if you have questions, or would like further information.



20 Comments on “Apprenticeship Fee Updates”

  1. Hello
    I am working in electrical (construction, maintaines ,industrial) field more than 15years.I have ita from Ontario college of trades. Can I applying for appeartship program

  2. Am olajide Busuyi. Obasanya please I want to ask how can I go with this am into fashion design in nigeria I wise to migrant to canada please I will like you to be of help thanks

  3. Helo Sir I am working in carpenter Trade from 2009 to till date. I want to migrate in Canada Saskatchewan. I have I.T.I in same Trade. Can I am eligible for appeartship program.

  4. Helo Sir I have completed diploma in mechanical Trade in 2013. I have experience in car mechanic and i have 5 band in ielts. I want to migrate in Canada Saskatchewan. Can I am eligible in p.r program.

  5. Helo Sir I am working in Telecom Trade from 2008 to till date. I want to migrate in Canada Saskatchewan. I have Apprenticeship in Electronics Mechanic Trade. Can I am eligible for appeartship program or get offer letter from employer ?

  6. Hello, I have 5 years Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. I have work as Computer/Telecom Technician and Electrician. Can I be eligible for Apprenticeship Program and what is the cost?

    1. Hello. Computer Science is not a designated trade in Saskatchewan, therefore Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission has no information regarding this. Please look at the Designated Trades page on our website: If you have experience in one of these designated trades, you can apply to have your qualifications assessed. Please see the Trades Qualifier page for more information:

  7. Sir I am working in Telecom Sector from last 15 years and previously worked in Electrical Field for 3 Years. I am Diploma Holder In Electrical Engineering with Bachelor Degree i.e. AMIE degree( Associate Member of Institution of Engineers India). Pl guide me that can I migrate to Canada as skilled worker

  8. if you are looking to get into the millwright apprenticeship, how does one find an employer to join as a 1st year apprentice?

  9. I want to get admission in Refrigeration and Air Condition Mechanic apprenticeship and I have 3 yrs Diploma in Ref A/C, please guide me how can I apply for this

    1. Hello, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic is a compulsory trade in Saskatchewan. That means you must be a registered apprentice to work in this trade. You will need to talk to our staff to determine whether your diploma would count toward it at all. Call our number at 1-877-363-0536 and ask for the Assessment Unit.

  10. I am a metal welder from Nigeria. Pls how do I go about it I want to register for training in Saskatchewan. Thanks

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