Secure Identity & Access Management System (SIAMS)
SIAMS is the online system used by Advanced Education to ensure the security and privacy of your information. When applying online, you are taken to the SIAMS log-in page to create a personal and secure access account. When the account is created, you will be returned to the MyTradesecrets page to start the application process.
Choose a Trade
Choose the Alberta trade that best describes the trade in which you have experience. Refer to the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities required for the Alberta.
Be sure you choose the correct name for the trade in Alberta because several trades share similar names but include different duties. For example, the Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) trade includes the branches of HET-Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off-road), HET-Truck and Transport Mechanic and HET-Transport Trailer Mechanic. Additionally, the Ironworker trade includes the branches of Ironworker-Metal Building Systems Erector, Ironworker-Structural/Ornamental and Ironworker-Reinforcing.
Status in Canada
When completing this section, if you are not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you are applying as a temporary foreign worker. As a temporary foreign worker you are asked to provide your date of arrival in Alberta. If you have not yet arrived in Alberta, type in 2099/01/01. By providing a future date, AIT knows you have not yet arrived.
Recruiter or Immigration Service Provider
If you are using a recruiter to apply for the program, please provide the name of the company. If the name does not appear on the drop-down list, email TFWInfo@gov.ab.ca to have the company added.
You are asked to select the country where the majority of your work experience in the trade was obtained. Providing the correct country may help shorten the assessment time for your application. This information is used to assign your application to an assessor to contact the employers listed in your application.
It is important to complete this section with correct employer contact information as Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) will contact these employers to confirm your trade work experience. The employer contact person(s) named must be currently employed by the company. Please include the correct country and local area codes with all phone numbers.
Many countries have privacy laws requiring employers to have permission from current or former employees to disclose personal information. Please ensure the employers you identify in your application have the required authority to provide AIT with information about your employment with their company.
If an employer contact person listed in your application does not speak English, please indicate the language the person speaks so we can arrange for an interpreter to assist in verifying your work experience.
Hands-on Work Experience
Hands-on work experience is both the hours and months you spent performing the tasks of the trade. The required months and hours are different for each trade. See “Work Experience Requirements - Hours and Months” (Scroll down this page) for the minimum months and hours of hands-on work experience required in each trade.
Hands-on work experience does not include:
- time you spent on foreman, supervisory or management duties,
- It does include time you were performing the hands-on tasks of the trade while you were in a foreman or supervisory position (e.g. working foreman or working supervisor.)
- time you spent attending training, and
- time you spent as an instructor in the trade.
Documents supporting your employment may be uploaded with your application to help substantiate your work experience in the trade. This could include letters from employers, awards or training completion documents.
If you were self-employed, provide additonal documentation such as:
- copies of your contracts or invoices with employers you have sub-contracted work,
- company names and contact information (phone numbers/email) for employers for whom you worked for (in the trade) indicating the hours and months, and dates you worked for them,
- business licences, corporate registration, professional association membership(s) etc.,
- invoices or other documents from suppliers providing details on the volume and description of supplies purchased, and
- any other documents which show you were working in the trade.
Employer Declaration Letter
If you are applying for a trade that requires an Employer Declaration Letter (See bottom of this page), please note the letter must be from an Alberta employer you have worked for within one year prior to the date you submitted your application.
If you have the required EDL, click “Yes” and you can upload the letter. If you are applying from outside of Alberta and do not have an EDL, click “No”. You will be expected to obtain an EDL within 30 days of your arrival and/or starting work in Alberta.
The Trades Competency Verification (TCV) Book is a pilot project in the steamfitter-pipefitter, automotive service technician and electrician trades. It was developed to expand the options used in evaluating the practical skills of Qualification Certificate applicants. Through the TCV, you must demonstrate your competency in each of the core competencies for the trade. The TCV is mailed to your mailing address with your arrival/approval letter.
- For non-Alberta certified journeypersons signing off the letter, AIT requires that a copy of the certificate be submitted with the EDL/TCV Book.
- A supervisor/journeyperson signing an EDL for OPTIONAL certification trades is NOT required to hold a journeyperson certificate.
*For the steamfitter-pipefitter, automotive service technician and electrician trades, competency is demonstrated by completing a Trades Competency Verification (TCV) Book. Answer “No” to the question on submitting an EDL at this time.
The name and address you write on your application is the name and address we will use on all correspondence with you. This is also the name that will appear on your trade certificate. If you are applying as a temporary foreign worker, it is important this name be the same as it appears on your passport.
If you are an Aboriginal person, you have the option to identify your status.
If you have a medical condition (physical, communicational or cognitive/intellectual), you may be eligible to receive additional services to help you challenge the exams. For more information, contact your nearest Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) office.
Exam Readers and Translators
If the language you speak, read and write the best in is not English, you may be eligible to have a translator present for your exams. If you wish to use a translator, check the appropriate box.
It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for a translator who meets the requirements and standards set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For more information, see Translation for Documents and Exams or visit your nearest Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.
Name and Address
The name and address you write on your application is the name and address AIT will use on all correspondence with you. This is also the name that will appear on your trade certificate. If you are applying as a temporary foreign worker, it is important this name be the same one that appears on your passport.
The education section asks you to check all the levels of education that apply to you. This information may be used to support your application and work experience in the trade. In this section, you are asked to name and upload any trade or occupation credential you hold.
Declaration, Agreement and Consent
Read this section of the application carefully as you are confirming, acknowledging and agreeing that:
- the information you provide in the application and in any documents attached to the application are true and complete,
- you will notify AIT if any information you provide changes,
- you will notify AIT within seven days of changes to your employment situation in Alberta,
- if you are a temporary foreign worker, you will provide AIT with your Alberta mailing address and Alberta employer within seven days of arriving in Alberta,
- if you make false or misleading statements in your application, you could be denied a Qualification Certificate or have a certificate that was already granted to you cancelled or suspended,
- you are giving AIT permission to verify and/or disclose the personal information in your application to your current and past employers, and educational institutions you have listed on your application, and
- AIT may disclose any information you provide in your application, the results of any exams you take in the program, the status of your application and your eligibility to work in the trade with governments, boards, agencies and credentialing bodies to verify the information you provided, determine your eligibility to participate in the program and your eligibility to enter or remain in Canada and work in the trade.
If you do not check that you agree, you are unable to proceed with the submission of your application.
The non-refundable application fee is $450 CDN. You are asked for your payment method. You may pay online with a credit card or submit your application and make a payment (credit or debit card only) at one of our Apprenticeship and Industry Training offices.