Young UK Pipefitter

I am currently working in the UK as a pipefitter and have been since starting my apprenticeship from the age of 16. I am now 24. I am wanting to pursue my dream of trying out the life in Canada. I am wanting to work in my trade whether it be in a fabrication workshop or on sites.

My idea is to obtain the working holiday visa and work for as long as I can in the hope that I like it enough to apply for a working visa or maybe be sponsored for it. However I am confused by the Journeyman qualification for the site work. Is there a way of obtaining this in the UK before arriving in Canada? Does anyone know the best companies to approach with my CV?

Any help, past experiences and advice would be much appreciated.


To find out about eligibility for licensing or accreditation prior to or following arrival in Canada, you must get in touch with the provincial authority responsible for the occupation in the region in which you intend to work.

List of apprenticeship, training, and trade certification offices


Alberta - Apprenticeship and Industry Training
7th Floor, Commerce Place, 10155 -102 Street
Edmonton AB T5J 4L5 Canada
Phone : (780) 427-8765
Fax : (780) 422-7376
Email :

British Columbia

Industry Training Authority (ITA)
ITA Customer Service
Suite 110, 2985 Virtual Way
Vancouver BC V5M 4X7
Phone : (778) 328-8700
Phone (alternate): 1-866-660-6011
Fax : (778) 328-8701
Email :


Manitoba - Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade
1010 - 401 York Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0P8 Canada
Phone : 204-945-3337
Phone (alternate): 1-877-978-7233
Fax : 204-948-2346
Email :

New Brunswick

New Brunswick - Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Apprenticeship and Certification
P.O. Box 6000
470 York Street, Room 100
Fredericton NB E3B 5H1 Canada
Phone : (506) 453-2260
Phone (alternate): 1-877-453-3030
Fax : (506) 453-5317
Email :

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador - Department of Education, Apprenticeship and Certification
Confederation Bldg., West Block, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's NL A1B 4J6 Canada
Phone : (709) 729-2729
Phone (alternate): 1-877-771-3737
Fax : (709) 729-5878
Email :

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories - Education, Culture and Employment: Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Phone : (867) 873-7552
Fax : (867) 873-0200
Email :

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia - Department of Labour and Workforce Development, Apprenticeship Training and Skill Development Division
2021 Brunswick Street, Suite 402, P.O. Box 578
Halifax NS B3J 2S9
Phone : (902) 424-5651
Phone (alternate): 1-800-494-5651
Fax : (902) 424-0717
Email :


Nunavut - Department of Education, Adult Learning and Post-Secondary Services
Box 390
Arviat NU X0C 0E0 Canada
Phone : (867) 857-3050
Fax : (867) 857-3090


Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Employment Ontario
Regional Apprenticeship Offices/Centres d'apprentissage régionaux
Toronto ON M7A 2S3 Canada
Phone : 1-800-387-5656 (Ontario)
Email :

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Apprenticeship Training
16 Fitzroy Street, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown PE C1A 7N8
Phone : (902) 368-4460
Fax : (902) 368-6144
Email :


Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ)
Bureaux régionaux/Regional Offices
Montréal QC H3R 2G3 Canada
If you are from outside Quebec
Quebec - Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, Emploi-Québec
800, Tour de la Place Victoria, 27e étage
C.P. 100
Montréal QC H4Z 1B7 Canada
Phone : (514) 864-2458
Fax : (514) 873-2189
Email :


Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
2140 Hamilton Street
Regina SK S4P 2E3 Canada
Phone : (306) 787-2444
Phone (alternate): 1-877-363-0536
Fax : (306) 787-5105
Email :


Yukon - Advanced Education, Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications
1000 Lewes Blvd, P.O. Box 2703
Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C6 Canada
Phone : (867) 667-5140
Phone (alternate): 1 800 661-0408
Fax : (867) 667-8555
Email :

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