Apprenticeship Training Program students in a classroom

Apprenticeship Training Programs


For details on how this program will be delivered for the Spring/Summer 2023 semester (if applicable), please see the delivery modes for all programs.

Sharpen your skills in your trade.

Program Overview

Full and part-time training

We offer block release (full-time) and day release (part-time) training in apprenticeship programs, including:

  • Construction and Maintenance Electrician
  • General Machinist
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Plumber
  • Tool and Die

First-class facilities

All of Sheridan's apprenticeship programs take place in state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the most current industry-standard equipment. You'll put theory learned in the classroom into practice on machinery and equipment similar to what you'll use in the workplace.

First-class instructors

You'll also enjoy lots of interaction with your instructors, who are all seasoned journeypersons with many years of industry experience. Our faculty know what it takes to succeed in the workplace, and how to pass on that knowledge to the next generation of tradespeople.

A strong reputation

Sheridan's apprenticeship training programs have a reputation for excellence and outstanding hands-on instruction. Complete your in-school Ministry requirements through Sheridan and you'll be ready for a fulfilling career as a skilled, well-paid tradesperson or journeyperson.

Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to tackle all the challenges that a career as a skilled tradesperson has to offer.

Apprenticeship Exemption Test

Depending on your experience and knowledge of your trade, you may choose to write the Apprenticeship Exemption Test (AET). The AET provides a chance for apprentices who are learning a skilled trade to bypass in-class studies if their course work marks are over 70%.


To be eligible for an apprenticeship program at Sheridan, you must be employed and sponsored by your employer.



Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

The requirements for apprenticeship training courses offered at Sheridan are as follows:

  • Must be employed in the appropriate skills sector and registered as an apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Career Opportunities

Sheridan's skilled trade apprenticeship programs involve approximately four years of off-the-job (in-school) and on-the-job (at the workplace) learning. During this time, students build their knowledge and hone their skills in a specific trade.

    Advanced Entry Challenge Exams

    Get credit for what you know

    Sheridan recognizes and appreciates that advanced learning doesn’t always require standard classroom instruction, and that opportunities to advance skills and learn new technologies are everywhere.

    If you have significant knowledge and experience in programming, web development, database and/or networking, you may choose to complete Advanced Entry Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (AEPLAR) Challenge Exams for academic credit towards your Sheridan Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma.

    How do Challenge Exams work?

    AEPLAR Challenge Exams are administered by and through the Sheridan College Assessment Centre or through an approved Test Centre. There are fees to write each exam (an Assessment Centre fee and a Challenge Exam fee).

    Your completed Challenge Exam(s) will be evaluated to determine whether you’re eligible for credit in one or more courses within the identified program streams.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Advanced Standing credits are subject to Sheridan’s policies and procedures. Learn more about Sheridan’s Credit Transfer policies and procedures.

    I have previous postsecondary education. Should I write a Challenge Exam?

    No. Challenge Exams are designed for applicants with knowledge and experience gained outside of formal education. If you have previous postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply for Advanced Standing instead — you may be eligible to apply your previously earned credits towards your new program at Sheridan.

    What subjects can I complete Challenge Exams for?

    Challenge Exams for applicants to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program are designed to test skills in specific knowledge streams within this program:

    • Programming – Java OO
    • Programming – Java Spring Boot
    • Programming – .NET
    • Networking
    • Web Development
    • Operating Systems
    • Databases
    • Systems Design
    • Mobile App Development – Android
    • Mobile App Development – iOS
    • Mathematics (Algebra, Functions, and Statistics)

    You can also choose to complete Challenge Exams for specific individual courses within the Computer Systems Technology program.

    Complete a free self-assessment test to help you determine whether Challenge Exams are a good option for you. (Coming soon!)

    How do I apply to complete a Challenge Exam?

    Step 1: Make sure you meet the program admission requirements

    You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.

    Step 2: Complete a free self-assessment

    Complete a free online open example self-evaluation test (coming soon!) for each knowledge stream you wish to challenge. This will help you determine whether your current skills will enable you to succeed in the Challenge Exam(s).

    Step 3: Apply to Sheridan's Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma program

    Apply to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program.

    To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.

    Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete your Challenge Exam(s)

    Once Sheridan receives your application, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for your Challenge Exam(s). Follow those instructions.

    Once you’ve completed your Challenge Exam(s), subject matter experts in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology will evaluate them within 10 business days. The Faculty will forward your results to the Office of the Registrar, and any approved credit transfers will be posted in your Credit Transfer centre. Exam feedback will not be provided.

    Step 5: Accept your offer of admission and pay your program fees

    If you receive an offer of admission to Sheridan, please follow the instructions to confirm your offer and pay your fees by the due dates indicated in order to reserve your spot in the program.

    We wish you success in this process and look forward to seeing you at Sheridan!

    Program Fees

    Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

    The fees shown here are for the 2023–2024 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

    Financial Aid & Awards

    Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

    International Entrance Scholarship

    All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL and programs with tuition reduction excluded) in Spring 2023, Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000.

    Computer Science Specializations

    In our Honours Bachelor of Computer Science program, you'll learn foundational skills that prepare you to work in any area of computer science. But you’ll also have the chance to specialize in an emerging field that interests you the most.

    In the first year of the program, you’ll be introduced to each of these fields: cloud computing, data analytics, game engineering and network engineering.

    Then you’ll focus your studies on your selected specialization. You’ll take eight courses in your specialization of choice, gaining specific skills that are not taught in traditional diploma and degree programs. Your computer science specialization will give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

    You can specialize in one of the following fields:

    • Program code: PBCPCC

      Get a deeper understanding of cloud computing — the delivery of computing system resources such as software, databases, servers, data storage, and more — over the Internet. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of private, hybrid or public cloud delivery.

      Specialized Courses
      • Internet of Things
      • Storage Systems
      • Virtualization
      • Cloud Infrastructure
      • Distributed & Parallel Computing
      • Security & Privacy in the Cloud
      • Cloud Economics
      • Cloud Monitoring & Governance
      Specialized Career Opportunities
      • Cloud Software Engineer: Develop large-scale production clouds.
      • Cloud Developer: Create new cloud services and improve current cloud products.
      • Cloud Automation Specialist: Design and implement automated technologies and processes that support your employer’s cloud offerings.
      • Cloud Architect: Use software development and information technology skills to build hybrid DevOp platforms that leverage your employer’s web services, cloud and on-premise data centres.
      • Systems Administrator – Cloud Operations: Automate, organize, monitor and maintain all of your employer’s cloud-based systems.
      • Cloud Services Adviser: Sell and market various cloud solutions, such as Office 365 or Watson analytics.
    • Program code: PBCPDA

      Learn how to apply statistical analysis, data mining and other advanced techniques to draw new and useful insights from large data sets. Confidently interpret and share information about the data patterns you discover.

      Specialized Courses
      • Business Processes
      • Data Analysis & Visualization 1
      • Big Data Management & Processing
      • Data Analysis & Visualization 2
      • Data Warehouse Design & Implementation
      • Machine Learning Techniques
      • Data Mining
      • Business Communication
      Specialized Career Opportunities
      • Data Scientist: Perform data analysis and develop and implement predictive models.
      • Data Architect: Design and implement big data solutions that support the Data Warehouse Environment (DWE).
      • Data Analyst: Apply current technologies, concepts and methodologies to build development projects that integrate various data sources.
      • Data Developer: Use Big Data architectures to migrate data from various databases, implement latest technologies and meet functional and technical requirements.
      • Big Data Platform Engineer: Design, build and administer platforms that combine several big data applications and utilities within a single solution.
    • Program code: PBCPGE

      Master the algorithmic, programming and mathematical techniques used to develop software components for computer games.

      Specialized Courses
      • Gameplay Programming 1
      • Game Engine Architecture
      • Gameplay Programming 2
      • Computer Graphics & Animation
      • Artificial Intelligence for Games
      • Game Tools and Data-Driven Design
      • Multiplayer Games
      • Games in Emerging Technologies & Hardware
      Specialized Career Opportunities
      • Game Developer: Design new games, including art and animation, or write programs to implement a game.
      • Gameplay Programmer: Enhance computer games with gameplay features that improve the user experience.
    • Program code: PBCPNN

      Learn the specialized skills needed to plan, construct, optimize and manage the computer networks that businesses and organizations rely on every day.

      Specialized Courses
      • IP Engineering 1
      • Network Access Technologies
      • Network Service Applications
      • IP Engineering 2
      • Enterprise Network Operations
      • IP Engineering 3
      • Emerging Topics in Networking
      • Internet Core Technologies
      Specialized Career Opportunities
      • Network Engineer: Design, install, maintain and support computer networks.
      • Data Network Services: Troubleshoot computer network performance issues, analyze network traffic, plan capacity solutions and ensure service readiness.
      • Network Quality Assurance Engineer: Perform manual and automatic quality assurance testing for networks.

    Related program: Computer Science degree specializing in Mobile Computing

    You might also be interested in our Honours Bachelor of Computer Science (Mobile Computing) degree, which shares many core courses with this program. 

    Educational philosophy

    Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum and its delivery are designed to address current social issues pertinent to the design industry. This enables students to broaden their understanding of their place within the world.

    Fundamental to the vision of the program is the balance of creative and conceptual thinking with the technical and business aspects of the profession. Courses follow a logical sequence with the degree of difficulty building vertically from first year to fourth year.

    The various streams provide a range of design problems building in size and scope, from simple to complex in various design sectors. The curriculum builds on fundamental introductions that ensures a strong foundation for students to apply additional more complex learning and skills developed later in the program.

    Studio projects are designed to mimic professional practice and require applied theory, creativity and strong technical knowledge. Curriculum is also connected horizontally across each semester to help support the learning in courses happening simultaneously. This demonstrates the inter-connected knowledge and skills required to practice in the industry.

    The program provides many opportunities that expose students to practicing professionals and professional practice. Industry leaders and representatives from professional associations like ARIDO and IDC are invited into the classroom as jurors and guest speakers throughout the four years. The internship also provides professional design work experience for students before they enter their final year of study.

    The curriculum is student-centric and designed to equip students with the skills that are required for entry-level design positions and advanced study. Manual skills such as drafting, drawing and model making are developed alongside digital skills using current software. Students are also well-versed in the applicable building codes and regulations required to practice in Ontario. Students are exposed to valuable research skills and encouraged to continue their learning past graduation.

    Program goals

    Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:

    • Develop confident, creative and critical thinkers that can solve a variety of problems thoughtfully, improving the quality of the built environment and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
    • Equip students with the tools to think independently and ethically to ensure technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.
    • Deliver current and relevant curriculum that incorporates equity, diversity and inclusion. This encourages students to create spaces that foster inclusivity and look at design from various perspectives within diverse communities, involving numerous stakeholders.
    • Inform students regarding the various facets of the profession, engaging them with designers and industry affiliates.
    • Encourage continuous professional and personal growth, instilling a desire to contribute to the profession and society at large. The program encourages students to become active participants in the design community, become members of their local Association, write their NCIDQ exams, give back to the community and become progressive leaders in the profession.
    • Prepare graduates for entry-level design positions, equipped with the required knowledge and skills for employment in the diverse design industry, ensuring they possess the body of knowledge necessary to respond to social and environmental issues, while designing interior spaces that are technically proficient, code-compliant, conceptually strong, sustainable and all-inclusive.
    • Provide enhanced opportunities for students to pursue post-graduate studies, employment, research and/or further their academic studies and/or credentials.

    Pathways from Athletic Therapy and Kinesiology

    If you've graduated from a health-science degree other than athletic therapy or kinesiology, your application will be assessed on an individual basis.

    Get your Osteopathy degree in less time

    If you're a graduate of Sheridan's Athletic Therapy or Kinesiology degree program, you may be eligible to start in the second year of this program after completing three bridging courses.

    This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.

    Bridging courses (Spring/Summer Semester)

    • OSTP 17927D: The Science of Osteopathy (3 credits)
    • OSTP 14859: Theoretical Pathways to Osteopathy (5 credits)
    • OSTP 16333: Practical Pathways to Osteopathy (1 credit)

    Course exceptions

    After successfully completing the assigned bridging courses, you'll be admitted into Year 2 (Semester 3) of our Osteopathy degree. In order to earn your Osteopathy degree, you'll need to complete all courses in the remaining three years of the program, with the following exceptions.

    You will additionally take:

    • Year 2: OSTP 11271D: Clinical Methodology (3 credits)
    • Year 2: SCIE 22437D: Human Physiology for Allied Health (2 credits)
    • Year 3: SCIE 31116D: Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3 credits)

    You will not need to take:*

    • SCIE 26661D: Pathophysiology 1 (3 credits)
    • OSTP 24645D: Structure & Function 2 – Lower Cervicals, Thorax & Upper Extremity (3 credits)
    • OSTP 22482D: Applied Clinical Practice 2 (1 credit)
    • FLPL 21839D: Internship Prep (1 credit)
    • SCIE 39622D: Pathophysiology 2 – Systemic Interactions (3 credits)
    • RESE 37626D: Statistical Methods in Health Sciences (3 credits)
    • RESE 42279D: Applied Research Methods for Health Sciences (3 credits)
    • BUSM 44956D: Business Entrepreneurship for Clinical Practitioners (3 credits)
    • 6 Degree Breadth Electives (3 credits each)

    *Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:

    • OSTP 20782D: Clinical Experience 2 (0.5 credits)

    Program Mission

    Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

    Program Vision

    Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

    Critical Performance Statement

    Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

    Writer-in-Residence program

    Each year, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing (CW&P) program hosts a Writer-in-Residence. The 8-month residency is awarded to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name.

    In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing.

    How our Writer-in-Residence supports Sheridan students

    Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:

    • shares their expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer;
    • performs public readings from their recently published work and/or current work-in-progress;
    • organizes public lectures and/or workshops; and
    • works with faculty to augment existing curriculum in the area of creative writing, publishing and/or creativity.

    Current Writer-in-Residence

    Naben Ruthnum

    Naben Ruthnum is the 2022–2023 CW&P Writer-in-Residence.

    Ruthnum is the author of the novel A Hero of Our Time (Penguin Random House, 2022) and the horror novella Helpmeet (Undertow, 2022), as well as the essay Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race (Coach House, 2017). He won the 2013 Journey Prize for his short story "Cinema Rex," published in The Malahat Review. As Nathan Ripley, he's also the author of two thrillers — Your Life Is Mine (Simon & Schuster, 2019) and Find You in the Dark (Simon & Schuster, 2018) — which sold internationally. Naben also writes for television and film.

    CW&P’s Associate Dean Genevieve Amaral highlights Ruthnum’s genre-hopping skill set and writing experience: "Naben’s range of work speaks to a remarkably wide curiosity and passion for storytelling in so many different, modern forms. Whether working in popular or literary genres, TV or film, his writing is thoughtful, deeply felt, and contemporary.”

    Our next Writer-in-Residence (2023–2024): Call for applications

    We are currently seeking a Writer-in-Residence for the 2023-2024 academic year. The call for applications closes April 14, 2023.

    Industrial Mechanical Millwright stream

    This stream teaches you how to inspect, install and repair a range of industrial machinery, preparing you for a job as an Industrial Mechanic Apprentice. As with all of our Apprenticeship Training Programs, you’ll benefit from small class sizes, highly trained instructors and state-of-the-art facilities.

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