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Saskatchewan Advantage Scharship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 18:04


Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship


What is the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship?

The new Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship makes it easier for students to succeed in their education and seize the tremendous opportunities that Saskatchewan has to offer! Every Saskatchewan grade 12 graduate (including Adult Basic Education and GEDR) who enrolls at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution is eligible to receive up to $500 per year (to a lifetime maximum of $2,000) to be applied to their tuition costs at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible if:

You successfully graduated from grade 12 in Saskatchewan (including Adult Basic Education and GEDR) on or after January 1, 2012 and

You are enrolled at a Saskatchewan post-secondary educational institution in a program that is recognized for Canada-Saskatchewan student loans (certificate, diploma and degree programs) with an April 1, 2012 or later start date.

With the exception of both Lakeland College campuses, programs at post-secondary educational institutions outside of Saskatchewan are not eligible.

Common Questions

Find the answers to some of the most common questions about the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship (SAS).

Parents and Students

Post-Secondary Educational Institutions


For more information, please contact us at:

306.787.0105 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Related Documents

The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship Administrative Guidelines

Administrative guidelines for use by Educational Institutions for the administration of SAS.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 18:07
Frequently Asked Question PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Monday, 20 August 2012 21:38


Frequently Asked Questions

1.    What are the benefits of being an apprentice?

You earn a wage while you learn the trade. You will learn from a skilled journeyperson. You will attend short periods of technical training to reinforce what you have learned on the job. Some employers only hire individuals who have completed an apprenticeship. You can earn your credential without incurring a large debt.

2.    How do I become an apprentice?

To become an apprentice in a trade, you must be working in the trade and your employer must be willing to train you. An application form and an apprenticeship contract must be completed and signed by you and your employer. The forms are submitted to the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, along with a registration fee.

3.    Do you have a list of employers looking for apprentices?

No, unfortunately, we do not keep lists of employers looking to hire apprentices. It is up to the individual to obtain employment in their chosen field. Employment services are provided by organizations such as the Canada-Saskatchewan Career and Employment Centres located in all major centres in the province.

4.    What is the value of a journeyperson certificate?

Journeyperson certification shows that you have met the standard set by industry for your trade. This means you have the required broad experience in the workplace and have successfully passed the certification examination.

Journeyperson certification is recognized by employers across Canada.

There may be a wage incentive to be a certified journeyperson in your trade.

Journeyperson certification will provide other career opportunities in the trade or in related trades.

Some employers only hire individuals who have met an industry standard through training and certification.

5.    What is a compulsory trade?

A compulsory trade is a trade where you must be a registered apprentice or a certified journeyperson. The compulsory apprenticeship trades are Electrician, Plumber, Refrigeration Mechanic and Sheet Metal Worker. You can work up to, and including, 900 hours (six months) in the trade prior to becoming a registered apprentice.

6.    What must I do if my Learner’s Certificate has expired?

If you hold an expired or expiring Learner’s Certificate and you do not have your full trade time hours, apply for an extension by completing a Form 3 – Application for Certificate and submit it with your Form 6A – Verification of Trade Experience (located on the page of your designated trade) to the Trade Time Assessor. The Assessment Officer will pro-rate the trade time established with the full time requirements to establish an extended date of expiry. There is no fee required.

7.    How do I get a gasfitter license?

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission administers the examination for the gasfitter license in the province. However, gasfitter licenses are issued through the:

Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing Licensing and Inspections Branch Gas and Electrical Licensing 600 – 1874 Scarth Street REGINA, SK   S4P 4B3 Tel:  (306) 787-4530 Fax:  (306) 798-8882 Website:  www.cpsp.gov.sk.ca/Gas-and-Electrical-Licensing

8.    Will I get any credit for courses I have taken prior to becoming an apprentice?

The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission grants credit for prior learning and work experience where possible. When you apply for apprenticeship, your documents will be assessed to determine if any credit can be granted.

9.    How do I apply for a journeyperson examination?


Apprentices write for their journeyperson certification at the end of their final level of technical training. No application or fee is required.

Apprentices taking a written or practical examination for a second time or more in the same trade must complete an Application for Examination (Form 2) and submit a fee.


First time applicants must submit a Tradesperson Registration Form (Form 7) and a fee of $480. The Form 7 must be accompanied by Verification of Trade Experience – (Form 6A) form confirming their experience in the trade. Trade specific Form 6A can be found under each respective trade on this website. Tradespersons must verify “full time” in their trade in order to qualify for the journeyperson examination.

Tradespersons taking a written or practical examination for a second time,  or more, in the same trade must complete an Application for Examination (Form 2).  There is a fee for re-examinations – $100 for written exams and $160 for practical exams.

Compulsory Upgrading Trades: To be eligible for a journeyperson examination in the carpenter, concrete finisher or insulator trades, tradespersons must successfully complete the prescribed upgrading training.

Full time for a trade is outlined in the regulations governing each trade.

Please refer to the Examination Schedule for locations and dates.

10.    I have worked in a trade for several years. Will my work experience be counted if I register as an apprentice in that trade?

All work experience in the trade is assessed when you register as an apprentice or tradesperson. Apprentices are normally required to work a minimum of half the term of apprenticeship under a contract.

11.  How much is tuition?

The cost of tuition for apprenticeship technical training is $75 per week for all apprenticeship trades.  The minimum tuition fee is $300.

Apprentices in the electrician trade will pay an additional surcharge of $12.00 per week to recover the costs for an increase in the length of technical training.

12.    How much is tradesperson registration?

The fee to register as a tradesperson and write the journeyperson examination is $480.  However, the tradesperson registration for the hairstylist trade is $250.

As a registered tradesperson, the Commission will provide an assessment of your work experience, administer the journeyperson examination and issue and register your certificate upon successful completion.

13.     What financial assistance is available to apprentices?

As an apprentice, you may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance while attending apprenticeship technical training. In addition, you may be eligible to receive a living away from home allowance providing:

  • You apply for, and are eligible to collect, Employment Insurance; and currrently receiving Employment Insurance; or, are deemed a “Reachback” by Employment Insurance officials.
  • You are required to maintain a second residence at the location of training, at additional cost; and
  • Your home residence is 50 km or more away from the training location.

Effective July 1, 2011, new rates provide additional funding to apprentices to meet the rising costs of maintaining a second residence while they are attending technical training. The new rates for apprentices increased from $94 per week to $125 per week. The rate for apprentices whose principal or secondary residence is located in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District will increase from $125 per week to $175 per week.

14. What should I pay my apprentice?

Refer to the following table:

Wage Table

15. Can a cancelled apprentice be re-instated into apprenticeship training?

It depends on the amount of time that has passed since their contract was cancelled and the trade they want to register in.

Effective March 1, 2012, apprentices whose contracts of apprenticeship have been cancelled may be re-instated in the same trade as the previous contract without additional employer registration fees (currently $150) provided they apply within one year of the date of cancellation. The indenture (registration) date will remain the same. Beyond one year from the date of cancellation, the employer registration fee must be submitted in full and the apprentice will be re-indentured with a new indenture (registration) date in the same trade as the previous contract.


1.    Apprentice A’s apprenticeship contract was cancelled on March 5, 2011 and requests reinstatement in the same trade on March 2, 2012. Apprentice “A” does not have to pay the $150 registration fee and the indenture date remains the same as when the original contract of apprenticeship was registered.

2.    Apprentice B’s apprenticeship contract was cancelled on March 5, 2011 and requests reinstatement in the same trade on March 10, 2012. Apprentice “B” MUST submit the $150 registration fee along with the contract and the new indenture (registration) date becomes March 10, 2012.

If an apprentice registers in a different trade from the one in which they were cancelled, whether before or after one year of cancellation, this policy does not apply. A new trade requires a new contract along with the full registration fee.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 20:28

How to Apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

We recommend you apply online for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG). It's easy and secure. The online application takes about 30 minutes.

Being prepared will make applying easier. Please review the application checklist.

Application checklist

  1. I am eligible.
  2. I am applying within the deadline.
  3. I have checked the table of required supporting documents and am able to provide the following documents:

    • Proof of registration in a designated Red Seal trade program as defined by the province or territory in which I am registered as an apprentice
    • Proof of progression in the apprenticeship program for the year/level (or equivalent) for which I am applying
    • For permanent residents and protected persons: status documents from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    The most common reason we reject AIG applications is because of missing proof of progression. To avoid this inconvenience, please make sure you mail your documents to an Apprenticeship Grant processing centre or deliver them to a Service Canada Centre near you after you complete the online application.

  4. I have the following information:

    • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
    • Provincial apprentice ID number
    • Name and phone number of your financial institution, and a void cheque (if you would like the grant to be deposited directly into your bank account)
    • For Ontario applicants only: complete information about your on-the-job training employer (company name, contact person, mailing address, phone number, and location-of-work address) and training institution (name, program/course, and completion date)

Apply now!

If you have received the required supporting documents from your provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority and have the information listed above ready, begin your online application for the AIG.

You can also apply for the AIG using the downloadable application form.

Another option is to request an application form by calling the Apprenticeship Grants toll-free number:

TTY: 1-866-909-9757

Note: Paper application forms must be completed in pen. Applications completed in pencil will not be processed.

Re-Seal web-site Newsletter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 19:30

Red Seal July 2012 e-Newsletter Released

The July 2012 issue of the Red Seal e-Newsletter has been released, and provides information on initiatives such as Strengthening the Red Seal, NOAs for three recently designated Red Seal trades, award presentations and research reports.

The Red Seal e-Newsletter, a joint effort by the Provinces, Territories, and Federal Government, provides information on the Red Seal Program and its initiatives.

The Red Seal Program is recognized as the interprovincial standard of excellence in the skilled trades.

Please read the July 2012 issue here.

More information on Red Seal can be found at www.red-seal.ca.

Five New Research Reports Now Available!   From the Red-Seal web-site

The CCDA is pleased to inform you that it has released five reports: four in-depth research reports based on the National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS); and a summary report of the Red Seal employer survey. The NAS was administered by Statistics Canada in 2007 to over 30,000 current and former apprentices and remains one of the most important sources of information on apprenticeship in Canada. The four in-depth research reports based on the 2007 NAS are:

  • Perceptions of the Quality of Training;
  • Interprovincial Mobility;
  • Motivation to Enter Apprenticeship; and,
  • The Impact of Compulsory Certification on Apprenticeship in Canada.

These are the first four of a series of nine reports conducted by the CCDA using the data from the 2007 NAS. The reports, conducted by in-house researchers within federal and provincial/territorial government departments or agencies, are the result of a collaborative and innovative research initiative meant to explore key issues facing apprenticeship and address common information gaps. The remaining five reports from this series are in the process of being released on the Red Seal website and will be available shortly.

The Red Seal employer survey, administered in 2010 to 3,653 private and public sector employers in eight specific trades, was conducted to provide information on the knowledge and use of the Red Seal endorsement in hiring practices among employers in the public and private sectors. Survey results have informed the development of a communication strategy for the CCDA as well as CCDA performance measures. Survey findings will continue to inform initiatives to strengthen the Red Seal Program to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of employers across Canada. The summary report provides highlights of the main findings from the survey.

We hope these reports are helpful and informative!


Youth Apprenticeship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 16:47

SYA Benefit Administration Changes

June 21, 2012

The Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Program provides both encouragement and benefits to high school graduates.

While SYA graduates will continue to receive the same advantages from the Program, changes are being made to the administration of program benefits.

The Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Program provides both encouragement and benefits to high school graduates.

While SYA graduates will continue to receive the same advantages from the Program, changes are being made to the administration of program benefits.

The following benefits remain consistent for SYA graduates:

  • Graduates receive 100 hours of trade time credit per SYA level completed.
  • The SATCC apprenticeship registration fee, currently at $150, continues to be waived for graduates.
The following benefit has changed:
  • Previously, the $240 tuition fee for the first year of apprenticeship technical training was waived for SYA graduates.
  • Effective July 1, 2012, the tuition fee for eight weeks of apprenticeship technical training increases to $600 in most programs.
  • The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship. Beginning in 2012, this scholarship will give an annual $500 tuition credit (lifetime maximum of $2,000) to every Saskatchewan graduate who graduates from Grade 12 after January 1, 2012 and enrols at a Saskatchewan post-secondary educational/training institution after April 1, 2012.
  • The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship will provide for the majority of the apprenticeship technical training tuition fee. The SATCC will waive the remaining $100 of the fee. There will be no direct impact to apprentices who have completed the SYA program because of the administrative change.
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