Job requirements Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentice in Ontario

Find out what you typically need to work as a heavy equipment operator apprentice in Ontario. These requirements are applicable to all Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a one- to two-year apprenticeship program or Some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment operating combined with on-the-job training are required.
  • Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Internal company certification may be required by some employers.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a professional licence from a regulatory authority before you can start working. Licensing can be compulsory or voluntary, depending on the occupation.

  • If the licence is compulsory, you must be certified before you can practise the occupation and use the professional designation.
  • If the licence is voluntary, you don’t need to be certified to practise this occupation.
Find out if your occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Canada
Ontario Heavy Equipment Operator — Dozer Regulated (voluntary) Ontario College of Trades
Heavy Equipment Operator — Excavator Regulated (voluntary) Ontario College of Trades
Heavy Equipment Operator —tractor Loader Backhoe Regulated (voluntary) Ontario College of Trades

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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