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You need a recognized credential to work in a compulsory certification trade in Alberta. Your credential may not be recognized if you earned it in a different:

  • province
  • territory
  • country
  • regulatory authority

If your credential is not recognized in Alberta, to become certified in your trade you may either:

You can work in an optional certification trade without certification if your employer is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a certified journeyperson in Alberta.

Although a credential is not required to work in designated occupations in Alberta, you can earn an occupational certificate that demonstrates:

  • your skills and competencies
  • consistent standards of performance with Alberta workers

If you’re currently an apprentice in another province, learn how apprenticeship training in Canada can be transferred between provinces through the Apprentice Mobility Protocol.

Recognized trade credentials

Before you apply for or accept a job in Alberta, make sure your credential meets provincial standards.

Tradespeople who hold an Interprovincial Red Seal can work in Alberta without further training or examinations.

The province also recognizes trade credentials issued by specific regulatory authorities. Find out if your trade credential is recognized in Alberta.

Equivalency program

Some employers require documented confirmation that a tradesperson is permitted to work in Alberta with a valid credential.

If you do not have an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal, you may be eligible to apply for an equivalency card. This card provides official proof that the credential holder:

  • is allowed to work in that designated trade
  • holds a valid trade credential

Find out more about the equivalency program.

An equivalency card is not a trade certificate. If your original trade credential expires, then your equivalency card expires as well.

Qualification certificates

You can apply to the qualification certificate program if you wish to:

  • apply your prior on-the-job work experience in the trades
  • obtain an Alberta Qualification Certificate

Find out more about qualification certificates, including how to apply.

Occupational certificates

You do not need an occupational certificate to work in a designated occupation in Alberta. Earning a certificate, however, confirms your experience and training meet Alberta industry standards.

You can become certified in your occupation through:

  • work experience
  • occupational training in Alberta

Find out how to earn an occupational certificate.


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