Trade Certification Exam Information Sheet

Toronto Apprenticeship Office 625 Church St.,Ste.100 Toronto ON M7A 2B5 (416) 326-5800 The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities administers all trades certification exams. You must be approved by the Ministry to write an Ontario trade certification exam. In order to write a trade certification exam you must: 1. Complete an Apprenticeship Program in Ontario or 2. Complete a Certification of Qualification application which includes having your credentials assessed and approved by Ministry staff Exams are run once at 8:30am and again at 12:30pm each day, Monday to Friday • Latecomers will not be admitted • All seats are available on a first come, first serve basis • You must be approved prior to the exam in order to write the exam • Same day assessments for the morning exam (8:30am) will not be done • It is recommended you show up before the exam so that there is sufficient time to process your payment prior to the start of the exam. Exam Fee is $100 for each attempt We accept the following methods of payment: • Cash, Personal cheques (made payable to the Minister of Finance), Money orders, Debit card / Interac, Amex / MasterCard / VISA You will be given a receipt for your payment. You must show this receipt to the exam invigilator when you write your exam. What to Bring to the Exam On exam day, candidates must bring the following; • Photo identification (i.e Driver's licence, Health card or Passport) • A valid Social Insurance card • Exam fee or proof of payment • Letter of Permission or a Provisional License (if you have been issued one)

What Will be Provided in the Exam Everything you need to write the exam such as calculators, code books, scrap paper, dictionaries, pencils, ruler and erasers will be provided to you. You are not to bring these items to the exam. Examiner approval may be given for use of a personal dictionary if we are unable to provide one in your language. These will be retained by the examiner for a period of up to one week after the exam. No technical dictionaries allowed. To Schedule an Exam The Toronto Office is the only office in Ontario that provides walk-in, same day service for exams. If you would like to book an appointment for your exam, you may contact one the following offices in the GTA to schedule your exam (turn over):

A translator/ interpreter/ reader may be used by a candidate if prior approval is granted. Location and Parking Availability The Toronto Apprenticeship Office is located one block south of Bloor St. The closest subway stop is Yonge/Bloor subway. A translator form must be completed prior to scheduling the exam In order to be approved. You must pay for the exam when you make the reservation. interpreted or read for this trade or related trade within the previous 12 months OR must not have translated. however there are privately-run parking lots. Translators/lnterpreters/Readers A reservation for an 8:30 am exam is required. The pass mark for all exams is 70% Re-writing the Exam Candidates who fail to achieve the required pass mark may re-write the exam after 16 days. interpreted or read for any other trade within the last 6 months If you require a translator/interpreter/reader to accompany you during the exam you must reserve a booth prior to writing the exam. Please inform us of any changes to your address or Social Insurance Number. Please call 416-326-5800 to schedule your exam. Please ensure your car is parked in a secure area as you will not be allowed to leave the exam to tend to your car. you must cancel your scheduled exam in the other office before writing the exam in the Toronto office. Results will not be given over the phone or in person. translators/interpreters/readers must meet the following criteria: • Must be residents of Ontario • Must have a valid Social Insurance card and photo identification such as a Driver's Licence or passport • Must not be in the trade or any related trade to the one being translated /read • Must not have translated. No parking is provided. You are required to pay one hundred dollars ($100) each time you write the exam. wallet and wall certificates are sent by mail within 6 weeks. We are a short walking distance from there. . Upon passing. and one block East of Yonge St.Mississauga The Emerald Centre 10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle. After three attempts. Results of exams are mailed to the candidate within 10 days. The information on your translator/interpreter/reader needs to be provided one week before you are scheduled to write your exam. Suite 404 Toll fee 1-800-736-5520 Tel-905-279-7333 Pickering 1420 Bayly Street toll free 1-800-461-4608 tel . it is strongly advised that you speak to a Training Consultant to identify options to assist you in preparing for the exam.905-837-7721 Barrie 34 Simcoe Street toll free 1-800-560-3821 tel-705-737-1431 Note: If you have already scheduled an exam in another office and you wish to write the exam in the Toronto office.

you can also obtain the National Occupational Analysis at http://www. don't panic. If you feel you need a refresher course. Find a comfortable place to For Red Seal examinations.e. Speak to staff to obtain an exam complaint form. in the proper sequence. Your ability to remember will be greatly improved if you look at your study materials often and re-read them every three or four weeks. The curriculum is based on the training standard. The examination is based on this document. Decide on a study strategy that is suitable for you and the trade content. 5. please complete an exam complaint form. citing question numbers. 3. 3. If industry experts validate your concern and the result would change your score from a fail to a pass you will be contacted. 2. Identify any equipment to be used. Examination Plan: examination content and percentage of items testing each topic. 5. It will usually contain the following three elements in this order. Local colleges may run these as a way to upgrade your trade skills and knowledge. Colleges & Universities (MTCU) Apprenticeship office. How to study for the C of Q Examination: Using the Training Standard If you haven't done this yet and the examination is only a short time away. If you have a complaint about the content of the exam. Identify the sequence of the task. 7. away from distractions. Read and understand each Performance Objective in the Training Standard. 2.shtml Textbooks of the trades are useful and are often available from training institutions teaching the in-school or related training program. i. using which materials and equipment V T o what measurement or level of satisfaction (how well you have to do it) Identify all the details of the performances in the task. beginning with the task in bold: V The task you have to perform V Under what conditions. 4. 6. 4. Examine the standard of performance required. 8. Visualize yourself doing each performance in the task. immediately upon completion of your 6. 2. Use short study periods with regular breaks as they are the most effective for peak concentration and retention. Discuss the task in detail with others who are experienced. 4. Including: 1 Training Standard: on-the-job performance objectives that can be used as a job study guide. and ensure you understand how it applies. Important Information You Should Know Before Writing Your Exam: Accommodations are in place for individuals who have challenges dealing with a written exam. Reward yourself for study success.Curriculum Standard: in-school learning objectives that can be used as a theory study guide. Speak to staff before writing your exam. Assign yourself study time for a topic based on its importance on the examination (use the Examination Plan to find out the number of questions to be asked). 3. Talk yourself though the task (you may want to ask someone else to check you while doing this). Try to set specific times for study and stick with them. ask the MTCU Training Consultant about available training courses in your area. Effective study begins well before the examination and depends on spreading out your study times. how well you have to do it. there is still time! Here are some steps you can follow: 1.Resources Available: References to help you succeed on your examination are available from the Ministry of Training. . Getting Ready: 1.

. read directions & questions carefully and use good reasoning. REMEMBER: Your first instinct is probably the right answer. Be careful not to accept answers using such extremes unless you are certain there are no exceptions. 5. e. "because this condition exists" or "to get this sort of result". Sequence or organize information by job application so it makes sense. Use information from other questions to help you: Look for similar questions. 7. 4. ask your supervisor or someone in the trade to show you why. then choose the best alternative answer remaining. how and when it is done. 8. Use a text and locate a good trade glossary of terms. which is the same as yours.: They are absolute words. 7. Determine what is most likely to be asked on the examination based on the examination plan. Anticipate the answer before you look at the options: Read the questions carefully and then answer it on your own. a definition? 6. Identify important or typical problems in the trade performances. 2. Questions testing trade terminology and concepts. balance the remaining options against each other (how are they the same/different). 2. correct response? Use the process of elimination to rule out the wrong answers. 9. 10. Questions asking how tasks are done. 1. theories and principles using the textbook organization. with correct answers indicating skills and techniques or certain job sequences. 5. it may be misleading. Identify the key concepts. Remember. If you have not done a certain task. So. do the responses overlap? Is there any extra information you could use. etc.9. Relate the concepts to one another to give yourself a general overview.g. Relate each concept or formula to our on-the-job experience. Relate each possible answer to the question: Consider how well each option answers the question. Questions asking what permission is needed or what standard must be followed in doing a job. what effect does it have?" Examination Writing Strategies Apply 3 principles: Use time wisely. but only if you read the question correctly. is it logical. any performance objective in the Training Standard may be tested whether it is indicated optional or mandatory. indicating there are no exceptions to the statements. Questions asking when a specific task should be done with correct answers indicating. Look for words such as always. Memorize some information. Consider all the alternatives: Do not jump at the first possible answer. If you are not sure of the correct response: Eliminate the "definitely not" option(s). 3. 4. Using the Trade Theory/Textbooks/ Curriculum Standard 1. For each concept find and learn the related definitions or formulas. then choose the best one. Draw diagrams to show structures and relationships. find the answer. with correct answers indicating. 10. six or seven items. Rehearse sequences and relationships by repeating them out loud. Identify exceptions to theories and the conditions where they occur 5. The questions in a trade textbook may provide a good indication of this also. 6. what kinds of questions will be asked on the multiple choice exam? 1.g. Questions asking why a task is done. and then take a short break to give your memory time to store the new information. "every three months" or "after this other task" or "before that task. 4. which code or blueprint information is used? Questions asking consequences. Read through all answers in the order they appear. 6. 8. such as "when a certain event happens or a certain task is done. never. e. 2. or questions on the same topic. 3. Don't try to learn too much at once. 3.