Alberta’s government announced the new Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act on June 30, 2022. The act modernizes how designated trades, apprenticeship education, and industry training programs are governed, and will serve as a foundation to ensure effective investment in education and training programs. Learn more about the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act that launched on July 20, 2022.
- Read the news release: New framework for Alberta’s skilled trades
Before you can become an apprentice in Alberta, you need to:
- research and choose a program
- confirm you meet eligibility requirements for apprenticeship training
- complete the apprenticeship application through Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT)’s online service, MyTradesecrets
Find about more about how to begin an apprenticeship in Alberta.
Choose a program
The program you choose should reflect your interests. It’s also important to research job opportunities, both now and in the future, so you know you are making the right investment.
- current job listings in your area
- job listings on Alberta and Canada job banks
- people working in the field who may be able to share information about the job and tips to help you get started
- job profiles
- job market forecasts
- National Occupational Classification and Canadian Occupational Projection System
Confirm your eligibility
Before you can start your path to apprenticeship, you need to know if you meet provincial eligibility requirements.
Read about who can learn a trade in Alberta, including entrance requirements for apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeship education program application and agreement
Once you choose the program you want to apprentice in, your next step is to complete the online apprenticeship application. There is a $35 fee to apply.
If you have a sponsor, you submit your information, and your sponsor will be contacted to complete their part.
Before you can submit your application, you have to agree to the obligations of an apprentice under the apprenticeship education agreement.
Start in high school
If you’re in high school, you may be able to explore a career in the trades while you are finishing your diploma. Options include:
- Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) – where you are a full-time student and a registered apprentice
- Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Apprenticeship Pathways – courses that make you eligible to write an exam for advanced standing in the first period of classroom instruction for your apprenticeship education program
There are also scholarships available for high school students registered in RAP and/or CTS programs.
Assess your prior learning
If you already have training or work experience related to your apprenticeship education program, you may be able to write a prior learning assessment examination. Applicants must pay a non-refundable fee before writing the exam.
The examination assesses your skill and knowledge before you start an apprenticeship program. Results are used for:
- entry into an apprenticeship program
- advanced standing in an apprenticeship program
Apprentices work on the job, so they earn money while they learn.
Apprentices are not usually paid during the classroom instruction portions of their apprenticeship education program and may be eligible for Employment Insurance. There are also more than 900 scholarships and additional grants and loans available for apprentices attending classroom instruction.
Find out how to pay for your apprenticeship.
Connect with Apprenticeship and Industry Training:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 1-800-248-4823 (in North America)
Phone: 1-403-476-9757 (International)
Find an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office near you.
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