Alberta Education collaborated with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and post-secondary institutions to create the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Bridge-to-Teacher Certification Program. The program allows school authorities to apply for funding to sponsor and support qualified individuals to complete a bridging program, and work as a teacher within the school authority while they continue their studies.

Through the CTS Bridge-to-Teacher Certification Program, school authorities are able to expand Career and Technology Studies opportunities for students and attract teachers available to teach in particular industries, trades and geographic regions.

To date, the program has helped prepare teachers in 11 trades: auto mechanic, auto body, baker, carpentry, culinary, cosmetology, electrical, welding/fabrication, heavy equipment operation, and plumbing and refrigeration.

Program information

Through completion of the bridging program, participants are authorized to work as a teacher while pursuing the educational requirements to qualify for interim professional certification. After completing the program, participants will be eligible for authorization to teach under a letter of authority while completing a Bachelor of Education degree program.

Bridge-to-Teacher Certification Information Package (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Application process

Alberta Education encourages schools to work in collaboration with their community to identify career and technology opportunities that spark student interest, and to tap into local expertise to help bring these opportunities alive in the classroom.

Following successful completion of the bridging program, participants may enter into an employment agreement with a school authority, and may be authorized to teach while completing a Bachelor of Education.

Application and Reporting Package (PDF, 1.2 MB)


To connect with Alberta Education, Leadership Excellence:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-415-9104
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: lynn.andersoncook@gov.ab.ca