The Government of Alberta, through the Apprenticeship and Industry Training sector of Alberta Advanced Education, provides counselling, consulting and monitoring support to facilitate the development, maintenance and delivery of designated trade and occupation training programs that:

  • contribute to the development of a trained and skilled workforce to support the economic progress of the province and its competitive role in the global market, and
  • are current and respond to technological advancements and workplace needs.

The Apprenticeship and Industry Training sector is led by two Executive Directors.

The Executive Director, Operations & Client Connections is responsible for:

  • 12 field offices that deliver services to the apprenticeship and industry training system,
  • Assessment, Certification and Examination Services (ACES), which
    • provides assessment services for AIT programs: Qualification Certificate Program, Occupation Certificate Program and the Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Program,
    • finalizes apprenticeship classes and examinations,
    • ensures the credential requirements for the certification of persons in designated trades and occupations are met,
    • issues trade and occupational certificates, and
    • provides advice to the Executive Director, Operations & Client Connections regarding the needs of the Alberta labour market for skilled Canadian and international workers' and
  • Business Integration which
    • provides business leadership in the coordination and integration of a wide range of information and technology activities related to the business within the sector.

The Executive Director, Policy & Standards is responsible for:

  • Industry Programs and Standards, which
    • develops and maintains Alberta’s industry training and certification standards in cooperation with industry representatives, 
  • Board and Intergovernmental Connections, which
    • works with various stakeholders and provides support to the Board, industry committee network, Minister and sector staff, and
  • Strategic Integration Policy, which 
    • provides strategic and corporate services to the Apprenticeship and Student Aid (ASA) division, including facilitating operational and strategic policy development, conducting research and evaluation, supporting strategic communications, and providing operational and business planning and reporting services, and
  • the technical training providers.