Skilled Trades Blog

What's the Difference? Skilled Trades Certificate vs. Diploma

Posted by Brad Dixon on May 26, 2016 12:22:53 PM

When you are deciding the best course of action to pursue an education in the skilled trades in Ontario, there are a few options available. Ultimately, you need to attend some version of post-secondary schooling to qualify for a jobs in the skilled trades, but which is more appropriate: traditional college courses or a private career college?

If you attend a traditional Ontario college program for a skilled trade, you will be working toward a diploma and take a minimum of 2 years of study. Alternatively, a private career college awards a certificate and/or license upon completion, with programs that tend to be shorter and more intensive, with smaller class sizes and hands-on learning experience.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Ontario College of Trades, Ontario Gas Technician Training

Get the Most out of Skilled Trades Career and Education Fairs

Posted by Brad Dixon on Feb 18, 2016 12:51:04 PM

In just a few weeks, on March 16 to 18, the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades team will be set up at CMPX 2016 to meet prospective students and showcase why The Skilled Trades Academies are the best option to complete your Gas Technician license in Ontario.

We know that Skilled Trades Career Fairs and Skilled Trades Education Fairs can seem overwhelming — there are so many booths and exhibitors who want to talk to you and teach you about their business. So, we want to help you prepare for the next trade show you attend, whether it is CMPX 2016 or another career fair.

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Topics: Trade School, Ontario Gas Technician Training

Why you Should get your Gas Technician License this Spring

Posted by Brad Dixon on Feb 9, 2016 12:00:44 PM

It may only be February yet, but we're already looking forward to spring. And it's not just because that means warm weather is coming (after all, this winter hasn't been too bad), but because our next full-time class is just around the corner.

Spring is a great time to register for skilled trades training in Ontario, especially Gas Technician certification in Niagara. Because you are fully licensed in just 17 weeks, you're looking at jumping into the industry just as business is picking up for gas BBQ installations, pool heater installation and home renovations involving gas lines!

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Topics: Trade School, Ontario Gas Technician, Gas Technician, Career Opportunities, HVAC Careers

Why more New Graduates are getting Skilled Trades Training in Ontario

Posted by Brad Dixon on Dec 4, 2015 5:06:06 PM

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As students graduate and prepare to enter the workforce, many new graduates find themselves in the situation that the career they were interested in at the beginning of their education doesn't align with where their interest lie now. Or, in other cases, they may find that the degree or diploma that they completed isn't enough to get them an ideal career.

With the increased trades shortage in Canada, it isn't surprising that when faced with these challenges, graduates' interests are shifting toward the skilled trades, a specialized industry that holds the promise of a rewarding career upon the completion of necessary training and certification.

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Topics: Trade School, Gas Technician, Career Opportunities, Skilled Trades

Why Winter is the Best time to Get your Gas Fitter's License

Posted by Brad Dixon on Nov 23, 2015 3:21:37 PM

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Winter is just around the corner! And if you are thinking about a career change, or are a highschool grad that took some time off and are now ready to pursue an education in the skilled trades, this is the perfect time to get your gas fitter's license in Ontario.

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Topics: Trade School, Gas Technician, Training Schedule

Pool Season is Over, Consider a Career as a Gas Technician

Posted by Brad Dixon on Oct 7, 2015 2:19:58 PM

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We are well into fall here in Ontario, and with the end of the summer comes the end of swimming pool season. And while for many, that simply means finding new ways to spend your time (no more floating on hot summer days!), for others it means work grinds to a halt. We're talking about those who spend the spring and summer months working in the swimming pool industry, opening, maintaining, repairing and closing pools.

While this is a very enjoyable career, once the cold weather hits, your options are to find temporary employment, work very limited hours or 6 months of unemployment. What better way to spend those 6 months than getting trained for a new career in the skilled trades?

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Topics: Trade School, Gas Technician, Career Opportunities, Class Length, Transferrable Skills, Skilled Trades

College Not for You? Consider Ontario Skilled Trades Training!

Posted by Brad Dixon on Aug 5, 2015 2:03:37 PM

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Ontario post-secondary institutions are seeing a number students drop out before achieving their degree or diploma. While it is true that a number of jobs require some form of higher education, that doesn't always mean a two to four year diploma or degree. There are many rewarding and good-paying jobs that require other forms of certification or training — many of those careers are in the skilled trades.

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Topics: Trade School, Career Opportunities, Hands On Learning, Training Schedule, Skilled Trades

Overcoming Obstacles to Pursuing a Career in the Skilled Trades

Posted by Brad Dixon on Jul 21, 2015 5:36:29 PM

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When people are considering a career path, there are always reasons not to do something. Figuring out what you want to do and what you like to do isn't the hard part. If working in the skilled trades is something that you would enjoy, you probably already have an idea that that's the career for you. The problem is overcoming the obstacles to get there. What is holding you back from pursuing a career in the skilled trades?

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Topics: Trade School, Funding, Night School, Skilled Trades

Earn While you Learn Part-Time in the Skilled Trades

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 13, 2015 11:27:02 AM

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Whether you are trying to decide to go back to school or continue your education after secondary school, you are looking at a major investment. But look at it this way, an education in the skilled trades is an investment that will pay for itself pretty quickly. You will be building your skill set, expanding your employment opportunities in the skilled trades and even have the ability to increase your income. By choosing part-time skilled trades school in Ontario, you can get the best of both worlds — you are able to continue earning a pay cheque while bettering your career opportunities.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Career Opportunities, Training Schedule, Night School, Skilled Trades

What to Consider when Choosing your Ontario Skilled Trades Education

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 5, 2015 12:04:53 PM

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If you have decided to pursue a career in Ontario skilled trades, the first thing you need to do is find the right trade school and program to get you the necessary certifications and licensing. With so many options available for skilled trades education, how can you decide which is best for you? Here are some things to think about:

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Small Class Size, Class Length