What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program consisting of on-the-job training provided by your employer and technical training at an approved technical training provider.

  • Approximately 80 per cent of an apprentice’s training is done “on the job”. Training is provided by the employer, with the apprentice learning from a certified journeyperson or qualified individual and is measured in hours and months.
  • Approximately 20 per cent of an apprentice’s training is completed through an approved technical training provider - usually a college or post-secondary institution.
  • To progress, apprentices are required to successfully complete the technical training period and the industry examination(s), in addition to completing the hours and months of on-the-job training required for each period of the apprenticeship program.
  • An apprenticeship program lasts 1-4 years depending on the trade.
  • An Alberta Journeyman Certificate is awarded when an apprentice has satisfied all of the requirements of the program.

Eligibility Requirements for an Apprenticeship Program

To enter an apprenticeship training contract in a trade:

  • you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and be eligible to enter an Alberta post-secondary program in Alberta**,
  • you must find an employer who is willing and able to hire you as an apprentice and provide the required on-the-job training, and
  • your apprenticeship contract must be registered with Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

** Alberta apprenticeship programs are not designated under Alberta Designation Requirements to accept and enroll international students.