What's an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program that combines work experience, on-the-job and technical training.

  • Approximately 80 per cent of an apprentice’s learning 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 learning is completed through a post-secondary establishment - usually a college or technical training institution.
  • Apprentices are required to successfully pass an industry examination at the end of each block/period of training.
  • An apprenticeship program lasts 1-4 years depending on the trade.
  • When an apprentice has satisfied all the requirements of the program, therefore completing the contract, he or she is granted an Alberta Journeyman Certificate.

General Requirements for an Apprentice to Work in a Trade

To work in a trade:

  • you must find an employer who is willing and able to hire you as an apprentice,
  • you must be a registered with Apprenticeship and Industry Training, and
  • you should be ready and willing to learn.

Technical Training Requirements