Career training programs span a wide range of fields. Program options range from office administration, business management, massage therapy and health care. Training is designed to give students the skills they need to find a job after they graduate.
Training programs are taught by private career colleges, which are also Alberta businesses.
- 25,000 students enrolled in licensed programs at private career colleges last year
- 170 private career colleges offer about 890 licensed programs throughout Alberta
- 79% of licensed private career college graduates found jobs in 2017-18
Licensed career training
- require career training programs that cost more than $1,000 to be licensed
- allow private institutions to be part of the province’s post-secondary system
- provide consumer protection to students enrolled in licensed programs
The licensing process determines if the program meets an industry standard and need. It also confirms that the private career college offering the program is financially sound.
Licensing programs at private career colleges provides many advantages for private career colleges, and for the students and industries they serve, including:
Licensed career programs provide quality training that meets industry standards. Licensing also ensures student rights are protected.
Eligibility for student aid
Programs must be licensed for students to be eligible for provincial and federal student aid. Students attending non-licensed private career programs do not meet eligibility requirements, and need to find other ways to pay for their education.
Ability to enrol international students
Canadian study permits are only provided to students enrolled in designated learning institutions.
Please note that international students studying at a private career college are not eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program.
Admission requirements and dates vary by licensed career training program and private college. Training is typically offered at different times than the standard school year.
Contact the private career colleges you’re considering for details.
Find a private career college
Search for private career colleges and licensed training programs in Alberta.
Government monitors private career colleges after they are licensed in two ways:
Private career colleges submit annual reports to government, including data on:
- student graduation
- job placement
If the program does not maintain graduation and job placement rates above 70% for 4 consecutive reporting periods, the program's licence could be cancelled.
Government reviews help confirm private career colleges are complying with their licensing requirements.