Depending on the occupation chosen, the apprentice will be involved with on-the-job training for a period of two to five years. The required hours of training for each occupation are defined by regulation under the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Act. About 80% of the apprentice's training is done on-the-job at the employer's place of business where the apprentice performs progressively challenging prescribed tasks under the supervision of a journeyperson. The remaining 20% involves technical (in-school) training at a post-secondary training establishment. This training is usually provided by the New Brunswick Community Colleges under the guidance of qualified instructors. A Progress Record Book identifies the tasks that must be performed on the job by the apprentice and records the progress of the apprentice through the apprenticeship program. Upon the successful completion of an apprenticeship program, the completing apprentice will be issued a Diploma of Apprenticeship, a Certificate of Qualification, and in most cases, an Interprovincial Red Seal, signifying journeyperson status.
Persons who have obtained Grade 12, the average age of an apprentice is 26