Provincial-Territorial Mobility

Apprentice Mobility Protocol and Agreement

Under the Apprentice Mobility Protocol and Agreement, provinces and territories recognize apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training completed in the same trade in other provinces and territories. It helps to formalize existing Alberta practices that enable apprentices to pursue jobs anywhere in Canada without interruption to their apprenticeship training programs.

Ministers responsible for apprenticeship in each jurisdiction also signed the Provincial-Territorial (P-T) Apprentice Mobility Agreement, which identifies jurisdictional commitments to facilitate apprentices' ability to work temporarily or move permanently between provinces and territories and receive recognition for hours worked and other training completed. These documents create the foundation that enables apprentices to pursue training anywhere in Canada.

Prior to the P-T Protocol, Alberta and Nova Scotia signed agreements regarding the recognition of each other’s apprenticeship programs and pre-apprenticeship programs

Permanent and Temporary Apprentice Mobility

The Premier's Protocol and the Ministers' Agreement apply to apprentices who wish to move either permanently or temporarily to continue their apprenticeship programs.

Permanent Apprentice Transfer

Apprentices receive recognition for their training (classroom and work) and exams successfully completed in the same or equivalent trade without the need to repeat training. This recognition also applies to pre-apprentices.

Permanent Transfer of your Alberta Apprenticeship Training to Another Canadian Province/Territory

Ensure your record book is updated by your employer and forwarded to the nearest AIT office.

Request a copy of your transcripts and employment records to present at the time of registration when you move.  The apprenticeship authority in the province or territory you transfer to will contact Apprenticeship and Industry Training to confirm your level, technical training and on-the-job hours.

If you have questions, please contact your Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

Permanent Transfer of your Apprenticeship Training to Alberta

As a registered apprentice in your home province or territory, you can transfer your apprenticeship training program to Alberta. This includes your:

  • on-the-job training hours,
  • technical training and
  • examinations.

Before you leave your home province or territory, ensure:

  • all your on-the-job training hours and technical training are reported to your apprenticeship authority,
  • you have an official copy of your apprenticeship progress (i.e. apprenticeship transcript) as provided by the apprenticeship authority to bring with you to Alberta,
  • you have completed any other forms or documentation, such as release and consent forms, that may be as required by your apprenticeship authority in order to allow them to provide verification of your apprenticeship progress to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training,
  • you bring your employment records for time spent working in the trade you are apprenticing in.

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Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training must verify your apprenticeship progress with your home province or territory.  Depending on your apprenticeship authorities’ requirements, you may have to authorize this verification as described above or assist in some other way.

Once you are employed in Alberta, you can start your Alberta apprenticeship program at the point where you left off.  You and your employer will then complete the online application and contract.  Please ensure that you provide all documentation described above.

If you have any unreported on-the-job hours, you can ask your Alberta employer to complete the Employer Recommendation for Time Credit form to recommend previous work experience that has not been credited to the apprenticeship contract.

Temporary Apprentice Transfer

Apprentices may move temporarily to work, where they may be eligible to take technical training and write exams.

Temporary Transfer of your Alberta Apprenticeship Training to Another Canadian Province/Territory

As a registered Alberta apprentice, you may be eligible to temporarily work in another Canadian province/territory while continuing to be a registered Alberta apprentice.  While there, you may also be eligible to attend technical training and write an industry exam.  For more information, please contact your nearest Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or make general inquiries here.

Temporary Transfer of your Apprenticeship Training to Alberta

As a registered apprentice in another Canadian province/territory, you may be eligible to temporarily work in Alberta while continuing to be a registered apprentice in your home jurisdiction.  While in Alberta you may also be eligible to attend technical training and write an industry exam.  For more information, please contact the apprenticeship authority in your home jurisdiction. Click for other Canadian apprenticeship authorities. For more information, please contact your nearest Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or make general inquiries here.

For apprentices, employers and others interested in knowing more, refer to the P-T Apprentice Mobility Questions & Answers, the P-T Apprentice Mobility Guidelines, or for detailed mobility processes for each province or territory, refer to the P-T Apprentice Mobility Transfer Guide. 

Provincial and territorial staff involved in apprenticeship are also able to help with questions. For permanent mobility, as a first step check with the jurisdiction where you wish to transfer. For temporary mobility, contact the jurisdiction where you are a registered apprentice. 

Provincial-Territorial Mobility Guidelines

The P-T Apprentice Mobility Guidelines apply to apprenticeship training programs in all Canadian provinces and territories. The Guidelines reached by the jurisdictions facilitate apprentice mobility and provide a snap-shot of apprenticeship programming and processes associated with temporary and permanent apprentice mobility. 

The Guidelines are intended to promote mutual recognition of apprenticeship training and facilitate apprentice mobility. They also help jurisdictional staff across the country to understand the commitments and agreements reached by their jurisdiction, and offer direction in developing detailed policies and procedures. The Guidelines include the Protocol and the Agreement in the Appendix.

Provincial-Territorial Mobility Transfer Guide

The P-T Apprentice Mobility Transfer Guide includes detailed information for apprentices when moving temporarily or permanently from their home jurisdiction to another. The Guide inlcudes charts and tables outlining jurisdictional requirements.

More Resources

Visit these links for additional information regarding apprenticeship and apprentice mobility:

If you have more questions and are unable to find your answers on Tradesecrets, contact an Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or make general inquiries here.