License Requirements

The Yukon Contractor License Requirements

Infographic of home renovation trade qualifications for Yukon

Education and Certification

The certifying body for trades the Ministry of Education in the Yukon territory. In order to register in an apprentice program, the individual must be a Yukon resident. Students can enter into an apprenticeship program where they will learn their trade in-field and in-class. At the end of the apprenticeship, the student must pass their exams to receive their Certification of Qualification (C of Q). Students become certified Journeypersons at the end of the process.

For individuals who come from out-of-province, there are Trade Qualification Programs to give them Yukon Journeyperson certification.

Journeypersons can apply for their Red Seal certification. This certification allows work mobility across the country. Additionally, it displays an individual's robust knowledge and skill in the field. A Journeyperson must take an exam for this qualification.

Trades Licensing, Certifications, and Permits

In the Yukon, compulsory trades require compulsory certification. A tradesperson must either be a registered apprentice, or hold a Certification of Qualification. The province stipulates that contractors must have a valid license.

Construction Electricians

Construction Electricians either require a C of Q, or are required to be a registered apprentice in order to work in the field. Electricians also require a permit in order to do work on a job site. Electrical contractors can obtain a permit to do work for a homeowner. Homeowners can do their own electrical work if they please, however, they still need a permit to undertake wiring projects in their home. To obtain an electrical permit, they must take an electrical test to display adequate knowledge of the trade before following through with their project.

Gas Fitters

Gas Fitters either require a C of Q, or they must be a registered apprentice in the field in order to work in their trade. There is no Red Seal for this trade, but the Yukon will recognize certified Gas Fitters from Alberta. Additionally, Gas Fitters who intend to work with propane in the Yukon must write a one-time LPG exam to qualify their certification to handle propane. This allows trades people to obtain permits for propane Gas Fitting. Licenses are issued by the Building Safety Branch to anyone with a C of Q in the trade, and has successfully completed their LPG exam.

Gas Fitters install, repair and service gas main pipes and fittings.

Gas Fitters (class 1) can work on any residential, commercial, or industrial gas systems.

Gas Fitters (class 2) can work on any residential, commercial, or industrial gas systems that do not exceed 400,000 btuh.

Gas Fitters require gas installation permits before they begin any gas installation. Only Yukon licensed gas contractors can apply for these permits.


There are plumbing certification opportunities in the Yukon, but it is not a compulsory trade. Plumbing work requires a permit under building and plumbing permits. Property owners are responsible for calling in inspectors to assess the work being done by their contractors. Plumbing and building permits can be obtained by homeowners. They must be obtained for: new construction; accessory structures; new plumbing; renovating (windows, vapor barriers, changing heating equipment, adding/upgrading plumbing, changing stairs, structural upgrades, fire alarms and sprinklers, creating living units); stove changes; relocating/changing chimneys; demolition, etc.

It is very important that you check permit regulations with your municipality, as permits are usually governed under bylaws, and new restrictions and limitations may apply.

Changes to Licensing Requirements

Because licensing requirements change, it is important that you check with both your provincial and municipal office to verify if any updates have been made, or if additional licenses or permits are required.

If you understand that there are additional or updated licensing requirements, or restrictions or laws pertaining to skilled trades performed in the Yukon, feel free to comment in the forum below.

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