How Do I Get Started?

You can begin your apprenticeship by taking the following four steps.

Step 1: Do Your Research

  • Visit the Trades and Occupations list to become familiar with your trade of interest.
  • Talk to friends, family or others you meet who work in the trade.

Step 2: Find an Employer

  • Conduct a standard job search using newspapers and online job posting sites.
  • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for an apprenticeship position.
  • If an employer says they are not hiring, ask if they know of another company that is.

More job searching resources are available through the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS).

Step 3: Complete the Apprenticeship Application and Contract

  • Complete the Online Apprenticeship Application and Contract. - APPLY ONLINE Now!
  • There is a $35 application fee required for apprenticeship training applications. Fees are non-refundable.
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for training in an apprenticeships program.
  • An Alberta Student Number (ASN) is required to apply for programs and services.
  • To find or obtain an ASN, click for more information.

Step 4: Consider How to Finance Your Education

Although you earn a wage for every day you are on the job, depending on your circumstances, you may need student aid to help finance your post-secondary education. Registered apprentices in Alberta may be eligible for financial assistance.