Regulated occupations

Regulated occupations require registration with a professional regulatory organization to ensure workers meet standards of practice.

The requirements to practice your occupation may be different in Alberta. Professional registration may require assessment of your education, skills, experience, English language ability, as well as the completion of provincial and national exams.

Some professional regulatory organizations may allow you to challenge an examination or meet other requirements when you apply for registration.

The time it takes to become registered varies, and may be affected by a variety of factors including:

  • your occupation
  • your training
  • the country where you received your education

If you are a certified worker in Canada, the process for recognition in Alberta is usually more straightforward if the occupation is regulated in both provinces and territories, and there are no labour mobility exceptions.

Registration requirements

Here is a list of some regulated occupations in Alberta, along with information on regulatory organizations responsible for licensure in those occupations. For many, there is also a summary of the certification process.

Please contact the appropriate professional regulatory organization for specific registration requirements and questions.

Regulated trades

In Alberta, you can obtain certification in more than 50 designated trades and occupations. Trades are classified as a compulsory or optional certification trade.

Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry training system is driven by a partnership between industry and government. Apprentices, trainers, employers and government work together to create a training system that is industry-focused, resulting in a highly skilled, internationally-competitive workforce. Visit Apprenticeship and Industry Training at Tradesecrets to learn about trades, the registration process, examinations, work experience requirements and more.

Compulsory certification trades

To work in a compulsory trade, you must be certified or registered as an apprentice. The links below contain information on duties, educational qualifications, salaries and working conditions for compulsory trades.

Optional certification trades

In some trades, certification is optional. Non-certified workers can work for an employer who is satisfied that they have the skills and knowledge of someone who is certified. Anyone learning one of these trades must still become a registered apprentice.


National Occupational Classification (NOC) system

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) system assigns a 4-digit NOC code to every job. The system organizes job titles into occupational groups. Each job is defined by its duties, and the skills, training and experience a person needs to do it.

Learn more and find your NOC code