COVID-19 July 29, 2020 Update

In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, TTG continues to suspend some of its onsite training. The courses and programs affected include Custom Training and Working At Heights. TTG’s Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Clinton and Stratford are both currently in progress. This program delivery is based on a blended delivery model of online learning combined with onsite training in small groups for practical hands-on skills development. TTG intends to continue with this blended training delivery model in the fall when we welcome back our Welder and Fabricator Apprentices in Stratford.

Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Apprenticeship L1, L2, L3
Part-time, Evening
Stratford, Ontario
Academic Year:
Starts Sept 2020; Level 3 Oct 2021
  • State-of-the-art training facilities
  • “Earn while you learn” training model (on-the-job and in-school training)
  • Training delivered by instructors who are experienced, licensed journeypersons

About the Program

The Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship program consists of on-the-job and in-school training. Generally, the time-frame to become competent in the trade of Metal Fabricator is 5,400 hours (approximately three years) consisting of 4,680 hours of on-the-job work experience and 720 hours of in-school training.  

On-the-Job Training: Apprentices gain on-the job training experience at their place of employment. The skills (set out by the trade’s Apprenticeship Training Standard) are competencies recognized by the metal fabricating industry as essential to the practice of the trade. As competencies are developed, the apprentice’s sponsor (employer) signs the relevant sections of the training standard to indicate that the apprentice has met the individual training objectives by demonstrating the skills required.  

In-School Training: Technical Training Group (TTG) is a Training Delivery Agent (106A) for the in-school portion of the Metal Fabricator (437A) apprenticeship program. The program is funded in part by The Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development (MLTSD).  

This training includes three levels of theoretical training. Regular evaluations and testing of the apprentices knowledge and skills are conducted throughout the training to ensure that all apprentices have achieved the learning outcomes identified in the Metal Fabricator Curriculum Standard.

TTG’s in-school training is delivered annually, and is a part-time evening delivery model which runs from September – June. This training is delivered in Stratford, Ontario at Stratford District Secondary School (SDSS), 428 Forman Ave, (TTG Site 1).  


Applicants must:

  • Be registered as an apprentice with Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development (MLTSD).
  • Have an Offer of Classroom Training from the MLTSD that outlines your class number, training dates and classroom fee.

To learn more, review Apprenticeship Eligibility Requirements

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the 5,400 hours of apprenticeship training:  

  • Apprentices have learned the theory and practical competencies required for all welding and fabricating processes.
  • Apprentices have had the training required to enable them to work safely and to assist employers in maintaining accident-free workplaces.
Program Information (Schedule, Curriculum & Tuition)


Tuesday & Thursday



Apprentice Fee $500

Book & Supplies $450

Total: $950 (no HST)

  • Trade Practices
  • Applied Blueprint Interpretation
  • Welding Theory
  • Material and Process Quality I
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical I
  • Gas Shielded Semi-Automatic Welding Practical I
  • Thermal Cutting
Schedule - CLASS IS FULL


Monday & Wednesday



Apprentice Fee $350

Book & Supplies $400

Total: $750 (no HST)

  • Blueprint Advanced
  • Fabrication I
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Practical
  • Machine Operation
  • Material and Process Quality II
  • Pattern and Template Development I

October - June

Tuesday & Thursday


Starts in 2021

Apprentice Fee $400

Book & Supplies $550

Total: $950 (no HST)

  • Patterns and Templates Development II
  • Fabrication II
  • Project Planning
  • Preparation for Shipping
  • Installation
Red Seal Prep

*T2202a tax receipts are provided for tuition, pro-rated based on attendance and number of classes.

If you have any questions, or require additional  information, contact us at 519-801-8641, or


Due to limited seat availability, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. To secure your seat you must register online via the form below and pay your Apprentice and Books & Supplies fees:

Registration Process
  1. Fill out and submit the online application form below.
  1. Email or mail TTG a copy of your Offer of Classroom Training from the MLTSD to: or Technical Training Group, 617 Douro Street, Suite 202, Stratford, ON N5A 0B5
  2. Provide Full Payment for Apprentice and Books & Supplies fees to secure your seat.
  • Option #2: Certified Cheque or Money Order (payable to Technical Training Group). Please mail to: Technical Training Group, 617 Douro Street, Suite 202, Stratford, ON N5A 0B5. MANDATORY: Include the apprentice’s full name and email address in "Comment" field.
Acceptance Notification

An email verifying confirmation of your seat and a receipt for payment will be sent within 7 business days of TTG receiving full payment of Tuition and Books & Supplies fees.  

If you do not receive this confirmation email or have any questions or concerns, call (519) 801-8641 or email

Registration Form

Apprenticeship Eligibility Requirements

STEP 1 - Once you have an employer sponsor, you need to submit an apprenticeship application online to the Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development (MLTSD). Visit

STEP 2 - If your application is approved, the Ministry will:

  • Create a training agreement for you and your employer to sign;
  • Approve the signed agreement;
  • Register your apprenticeship training.

STEP 3 - Once your training agreement is registered, you have 90 days to apply for membership with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). You must be a member of OCOT to work as an apprentice. For more information visit

STEP 4 – You and your employer will receive your Offer of Classroom Training from the MLTSD by email approximately 90 days prior to the start of the in-class training. Please reference this Offer of Classroom Training to locate your class number, training dates and classroom fee. *Note this offer from the MLTSD does NOT include TTG’s Books and Supplies fee.

If you need assistance, have additional questions, or have not received your offer of classroom training, contact your local MLTSD Apprenticeship Office:

London Office (1-800-265-1050), 1200 Commissioners Rd E Unit 72, London, ON N5A 4R3

Kitchener Office (1-866-877-0099), 4275 King Street E Suite 200, Kitchener, ON N2P 2E9

STEP 5 - You can NOW register with TTG for your apprenticeship in-class training.

Apprenticeship Grants

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women

In 2018, the Government of Canada announced an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women entering, progressing and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000.00 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person. For more information, visit:

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person. For more information, visit:

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a one-time, taxable cash grant with a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification. For more information, visit:

How to become an Apprentice

Interested in an apprenticeship? You need to first find an employer who will sponsor you as an apprentice. For more information on how to find a sponsor, visit:

If you are interested pursuing a career in the skilled trades and are not sure where to start – explore a Pre-Apprenticeship program. These programs are a great way to develop the job skills and trade-readiness needed to start on the path towards an apprenticeship. TTG offers Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs that provide an opportunity to gain the skills required to secure employment in the skilled trades and help set you on the path towards securing an apprenticeship. For more information visit Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs.

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