COVID-19 Information for Apprentices

FRONT COUNTER SERVICES ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS

Clients are encouraged to upload or take a picture of any paper documents and submit them through their MyTradesecrets account by clicking the Upload button on the Documents tab. Documents you can upload include:

  • Record book
  • employer letters
  • Acceptance or release cards
  • Transcripts
  • Any other document you need to send to an AIT office

For more information, go to Tradesecrets.alberta.ca/upload

EXAMS

Exams being written at an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office have resumed. Currently, our offices remain closed for counter service, however, clients can contact AIT at 1-800-248-4823 to inquiry about or schedule an exam. Clients who were scheduled for an exam and were cancelled will be called to reschedule their exam.

Red Seal exams at post-secondary institutes will be completed on-campus when necessary for all final period apprentices who have completed their program.

Progression in technical training will be determined by assessment from your training provider. The standard for determining a passing mark will not change. Progression in on-the-job learning will be determined by completion and submission of relevant information in your record book. 

You have the option to be certified as an Alberta Journeyperson without writing the Red Seal exam and receiving your Red Seal Endorsement. Please contact AIT at 1-800-248-4823 if you want to be certified and write the Red Seal exam at a later date.

 

Non-Apprenticeship Training and Apprenticeship Period Exams

Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) acknowledges that students who were registered in recognized pre employment, diploma, certificate or Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Apprenticeship Pathways programs have had their training disrupted. Many of these programs would also have included the expectation that students write one or more Alberta period examinations. For those students whose program ran between September 2019 and June 2020, as long as the training provider determines that the training was substantively complete and will not have to be repeated (i.e., they received a passing mark), they will have the associated period examination(s) waived when they register as an apprentice.

For all impacted individuals except for those in a high school CTS Apprenticeship Pathway, the training providers (post-secondary institutions or recognized private training providers) have distributed a letter to those students who successfully completed the qualifying training. When applicants register as an apprentice, they will submit that letter along with a copy of their transcript, diploma or certificate, and will have their examination(s) waived. CTS Pathway students will automatically have the associated exam waived when they register as an apprentice and submit their CTS Course Completion Record showing that the completion occurred in June 2020.

Note: Exams cannot be waived if waiving them would mean the apprentice would never write an Alberta period examination before becoming certified.

Employment Insurance

Through the Employment Insurance (EI) system, the Government of Canada provides income support to eligible apprentices during periods of technical training. Policies regarding Employment Insurance while technical training have not changed due to COVID-19.

Apprentices are required to provide complete and accurate information, as requested by Service Canada. For more information, apprentices can call 1-800-206-7218 (in Alberta) or visit Employment Insurance for Apprentices.

Apprenticeship grants

Due to school closure, the completion of a level of technical training to enable an apprentice to progress or to complete apprenticeship may be delayed. As a result, Apprentices will not be eligible for Apprenticeship Grants until the province or territory in which they are registered provides documents that confirm progression/completion in apprenticeship.

Repayment of Canada Apprenticeship Loans

Apprentice loan repayment suspension put in place by the Government of Canada as part of the COVID–19 measures ended on September 30, 2020. Apprentice loan payments and interest accrual resumed October 1, 2020. If you think you may need continued support on your payments, visit Help Repaying Your Loan.

 

Contact the AIT Information Line at 1-800-248-4823 if you need information or wish to discuss your apprenticeship. Further updates will be posted on this page.

 

Updated June 1, 2021