Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Apprenticeship Pathways

About CTS Apprenticeship Pathways

Alberta’s high school students who successfully complete all courses in a Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Apprenticeship Pathway, as approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee pursuant to the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act, are eligible to write the Apprenticeship and Industry Training exam for advanced standing in the first period of technical training for that trade. The requirements for program recognition and advanced standing must be followed as indicated below.

*See Notes and Exception below*

Students are granted advanced standing for technical training towards an apprenticeship program upon:

  • successful completion of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training exam, with a minimum mark of 70%
    (theory exam, or theory and practical exam, depending on the trade) and
  • registering into a contract of apprenticeship.

Following high school completion, a student can register as an apprentice by obtaining employment with a sponsor of apprenticeship and signing a Contract of Apprenticeship with the employer and Apprenticeship and Industry Training. The student must meet the entrance requirements for the trade.

Requirements for Program Recognition and Advanced Standing

(see also *Notes and Exceptions* below)

  • The CTS Apprenticeship Pathway must be taught in an Alberta Education-approved facility. The facility is the responsibility of the school authority and must be equipped to industry standards to deliver the CTS Apprenticeship Pathway. (Apprenticeship and Industry Training does not inspect or approve facilities for the delivery of K-12 programs.)
  • All courses in a CTS Apprenticeship Pathway must be instructed by a journeyperson for that trade, i.e. an individual holding a trade certificate recognized in Alberta.
  • For trades supported by Individual Learning Modules (ILMs), ILMs must be utilized as the primary resource for the delivery of instruction. All students must have access to their own set of ILMs. For trades where ILMs have not been developed, instructional resources must be approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee.  Refer to the books and materials listed within each trade (See Trades and Occupations).  Students must successfully complete all courses in a CTS Apprenticeship Pathway as listed on the CTS Course Completion Record to be eligible to write the Apprenticeship and Industry Training exam.  A CTS Course Completion Record is available for each recognized CTS Apprenticeship Pathway.
  • Students must write the Apprenticeship and Industry Training exam within three (3) years of completing high school. Application fees for the first attempt of the exam are waived. Fees are levied for subsequent attempts. Students who do not successfully pass the exam within this time period will no longer be eligible to receive advanced standing for technical training; however, an employer may recommend that the exam be challenged relevant to the CTS training.

Recognized CTS Apprenticeship Pathways are available in these trades: 

Auto Body Technician / Agricultural Equipment Technician / Automotive Service Technician / Baker / Carpenter / Communication Technician / Cook / Electrician / Hairstylist / Heavy Equipment Technician / Insulator / Instrument Technician / Landscape Gardener / Millwright /Painter and Decorator / Parts Technician / Plumber / Welder

Application Process

Eligible applicants must submit the following documents to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office for approval prior to writing the exam:

Click for a list of Apprenticeship and Industry Training offices.

*Notes and Exceptions*

Carpenter

  • Individuals holding a Teacher Skills Enhancement Certificate for Carpentry, issued by Red Deer College, are eligible to instruct the CTS Apprenticeship Pathway for the Carpenter trade.
  • There is a first period theory and a first period practical exam for the Carpenter trade.

Cook

  • The First Aid/CPR with AED and the Cook Trade Math courses (or equivalents) do not need to be instructed by a journeyperson.

Hairstylist

  • The CTS Apprenticeship Pathway for the Hairstylist trade is recognized for first period as well as second period technical training.
  • The Personal & Professional Practices, Salon Design, The Science of Cosmetology, Professional Relationships, Skin Care Practices, Make-up, and Make-up–Client Services courses do not need to be instructed by a journeyperson.
  • There is a first period theory and a first period practical exam for the Hairstylist trade.
  • There is a second period theory and a second period practical exam for the Hairstylist trade.

Welder

  • There is a first period theory and a first period practical exam for the Welder trade.