The Apprentice Intake Committee will accept applications on this site for the First Year Apprenticeship Intake Program annually from December 1 to February 28 (intake one) and from May 1 to June 30 (intake two).
Only the highest scoring applicants will be contacted by email to write Math & Science and Mechanical Aptitude tests. If you are not contacted by the Committee by March 31 (intake one) or July 31 (intake two), you have not qualified for testing and will not be considered for the program this year.
ou must be accepted to this program in order to be hired and work as a first year apprentice for a unionized HVACR contractor in Ontario. Once accepted and hired, candidates then become UA Local 787 apprentice members. This program is not for those registered 313 (A or D).
Prior to applying, all applicants are required to successfully complete all requirements (or pre-approved equivalencies, please click here for more information). In order to pass pre-qualification and link to the application, proof of successful completion of all requirements is required; YOU MUST upload your high school and college transcripts, official foreign course assessments, college course equivalency letter(s), certificates, licenses, and offers of employment for those with job offers from unionized contractors (you don’t need a job offer to apply but if you have one, you need to upload it), to your application in order to be considered. Applications that do not have uploaded supporting documents for all requirements will not be considered. The following minimum requirements must be successfully obtained prior to completing your application;
Minimum Grade 12 Secondary School Graduation Diploma as established by the Ontario Ministry of Education (or equivalent for those educated outside Canada), including;
All applicants shall be in the physical condition to perform all aspects of the work of the refrigeration and air conditioning trade.
If you have all the educational requirements but the course codes on your high school transcript are not listed above, click ‘Contact us’ above for verification. Inquiries will be responded to within 24 – 48 hours by clicking on ‘Contact us’ above. Neither ORAC nor the UA Local 787 can respond to telephone inquiries.
Many Ontario HVACR college programs now offer equivalency letters to their graduates for the above course work already covered in HVACR programs. Request letters of equivalency from your HVACR professors or program coordinators, indicate ‘equivalency’ in the field for the required course(s) and make sure you upload the letter (and all other documents) to your application
All applicants must have a valid Ontario unrestricted class “G” driver’s licence and be willing to produce a driving abstract from the Ministry of Transportation, if requested. If you do not yet have the “G” licence, you must upload proof that testing for the “G” is booked from the Ministry of Transportation and you must pass and have obtained the “G” by the time you have been accepted and/or hired as an apprentice through this process.
The highest scoring applicants will be selected and contacted by email to be tested by March 31 (intake one) or July 31 (intake two). If you have not been contacted by email by those dates, you have not been selected for the program this year. Testing and interview dates cannot be rescheduled.
Once testing is completed, the Apprentice Intake Committee will review both the application and test scores. Only those with the top application and test scores combined, will be contacted by email to be interviewed. Upon a full evaluation of the top combined application, test results, interview results and grand total scores by the Committee, the overall highest scoring applicants will be accepted to the First year Apprenticeship Program as candidates and will be placed on the ‘Available for hire’ list. This list is accessible all year long by ORAC members on the oraca.ca website and by UA Local 787 member contractors by request through the above ‘Contact us’ section.
Governed by the current Collective Agreements, all potential first year apprentices must first apply during the annual intake period, be accepted to this program and be approved by the Apprentice Intake Committee, in order to be hired as a first year apprentice by any signatory UA Local 787 contractor. Candidates on the list will be contacted directly for interviews by the contractors and if selected, must be hired as first year apprentices as per the hiring date noted on their offer letters. Hiring processes as outlined by ORAC and the UA Local 787 must be followed.
Candidates remain on the list for a maximum of two years. After two years, they must reapply to the program. Potential candidates with first year apprenticeship job offers from UA Local 787 signatory contractors must include this information where indicated on their applications. They must also upload corresponding dated and signed offers of employment on company letterhead to their applications. Applications will not considered if there is no letter uploaded. As per all applicants, those with confirmed pre-existing job offers from signatory contractors must apply to the program during the annual intake periods; December 1 to February 28 and May 1 to June 30. If requested outside the standard intake period, applications will only be considered in extenuating circumstances at the sole discretion of the Committee.
The first group of highest scoring GTA program applicants will be processed (tested/interviewed) in February and those accepted will be eligible for hire on the list as of the first week of March. The second GTA group will be processed in March and eligible for hire on the list as of the first week of April. Southwestern and Eastern Ontario accepted candidates will be contacted for testing and interviewing in early April and will be eligible for hire on the list by late April and early May. Northern Ontario applicants must apply during the intake period and will be processed on an as needed basis. Applicants being considered for intake two will be processed in July and August.
This process is designed to ensure applicants meet the requirements of the HVACR trade and to provide contractors with a list of highly qualified first year apprentices, available all year long. All applicants must first apply and be accepted to this intake process prior to beginning any employment as a first year apprentice with all ORAC & UA Local 787 member contractors. Please note that completing this process does not guarantee acceptance into the First Year Apprenticeship Program, employment or an apprenticeship. Any false statement made on this application is sufficient grounds for rejection of the application.
There is a $50 fee (+ tax) to apply and if you are selected to be tested, there is an additional testing administration fee of $250.00 (+ tax) that must be paid prior to testing.
** Current UA Local 787 members who supply uploaded proof (membership card) indicating they have been paying dues for at least one year, are exempt from paying the fees.