Occupational Certificates

An Alberta Occupational Certificate is evidence that you have the skills, competencies and standards of performance to work in Alberta.

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While an Occupational Certificate confirms your experience and training meets Alberta industry standards for your occupation, it is not required to work in a designated occupation. There are currently twelve Alberta designated occupations.

An Occupational Certificate provides:

  • recognition of achieved standards of competency in a designated occupation,
  • greater mobility in the occupation and industry, and
  • more opportunities for career development.

There are three routes for workers to earn an Alberta Occupational Certificate.

Certification Based on a Recognized Credential

You may be eligible for an Occupational Certificate if you hold a:

To apply, complete the online Occupational Certificate – Credentials Application. For more information, see Occupational Program Recognized Credential Application - What You Should Know (below).

Occupational Program Recognized Credential Application - What You Should Know

Eligibility

Designated occupations do not have any industry-established restrictions to work in the occupation.  Training and certification is voluntary.

 Group One / Proof of Industry-established Competency / Industry Examination Required

 Construction Craft Labourer*

  • credential from another jurisdiction for a line of work that is much the same as the Alberta Construction Craft Labourer occupation.

 

 Field Heat Treatment    Technician

 

  • Option #1 - credential from another jurisdiction for a line of work that is much the same as the Alberta Field Heat Treatment Technician occupation OR
  • Option #2 - a letter from the Prairie Heat Treatment Training Trust Fund (Quality Control Council of Canada) confirming the completion of the Field Heat Treatment training program and that the applicant has acquired 7,200 hours of work experience over a minimum 48 month period.

 Gas Utility Operator

  • credential from another jurisdiction for a line of work that is much the same as the Alberta Gas Utility Operator occupation.

 Industrial Construction Crew  Supervisor

  • credential from another jurisdiction for a line of work that is much the same as the Alberta Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor occupation, OR
  • completion of the training identified in Section A OR Section B.

 Section A Training - complete one of the following approved supervisor  programs AND the approved leadership program

  • ‘Better Supervision’ - Construction Labour Relations Association and the Building Trades of Alberta, or
  • ‘Supervisor Training Program - Christian Labour Association of Canada, or
  • ‘Supervisor Training’ - Merit Contractors Association, or
  • ‘First Level Supervisor Training’ - BuildForce Canada (formerly Construction Sector Council), or
  • 'Foreman Certification Training Program' - National Association of Union Schools and Colleges (NAUSC)
  • approved leadership training program:
    • ‘Alberta Construction Safety Association Leadership for Safety Excellence’ (LSE) training program

 Section B Training - approved supervisor program

  • complete the Foreman Development Program, JACOBS  
 PLUS
  • 1,000 hours worked as an Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor within a 24-month period.  Work experience must have been earned within 5 years of the date of the online application.

 Steel Detailer (Levels 1, 2 or 3)

  • credential from another jurisdiction for a line of work that is much the same as the applicable branch of the Alberta Steel Detailer occupation, OR
  • Registrar’s Letter (level specified) from the Alberta Chapter of the National Institute of Steel Detailing (NISD)

 Residential Construction Site  Manager

  • credential from another jurisdiction for a line of work that is much the same as the Alberta Residential Construction Site Manager, OR
  • documented proof of a minimum of 4,500 hours and 36 months of hands-on work experience as a Residential Construction Site Manager AND
  • a certificate issued by the Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI) for the Residential Construction Site Manager training program.

 Cathodic Protection Technician -  Level One

  • documented proof of a minimum of 1,000 hours and 12 months of hands-on work experience in the Cathodic Protection Technician – Level One occupation, AND
  • documented proof of the successful completion of the NACE International CP-1 Tester course (or equivalencies: NACE CP-2 Technician course, NACE CP-3 Technologist course, NACE CP-4 Specialist course), AND
  • documented proof of the successful completion of the Enform Cathodic Protection Rectifier course (or equivalent) [Certified electricians do not require this course]

 Cathodic Protection Technician -  Level Two

  • proof of Cathodic Protection Technician – Level One certification, AND
  • documented proof of a minimum of 1,000 hours and 12 months of hands-on work experience in the Cathodic Protection Technician – Level Two occupation, AND
  • documented proof of the successful completion of the NACE International CP-2 Technician course (or equivalencies: NACE CP-3 Technologist course, NACE CP-4 Specialist course)

 Overhead Door Technician -    Level One

  • successful completion of the Overhead Door Technician - Level One course, or equivalent (certificates issued after Jan. 1, 2015)

 Overhead Door Technician -  Level Two

  • successful completion of Overhead Door Technician – Level Two course, or equivalent (certificates issued after Jan. 1, 2015)

 Overhead Door Technician -  Level Two  (Transition to August  31, 2018)

  • successful completion of Overhead Door Technician - Level One and Level Two courses, or equivalent (certificates issued after Jan. 1, 2015)

  * Alberta-designated occupation participating in the Interprovincial Standards (Red Seal) Program

 Group Two / Proof of Industry-established Competency / Industry Examination NOT Required

 Oil and Gas Transportation  Services (Supervisor, Swamper,  Bed Truck Operator, Bulk Haul  Truck  Operator, Multi-Wheel  Truck  Operator or Winch Tractor  Operator)

  • submit a clear picture or scanned copy of original or certified true copy of the Petroleum Competency Program Certificate (branch specified) issued by the Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Enform

 Snubbing Services 
 (Assistant Operator, Operator 1,  Operator 2, Operator 3, Supervisor    1 or Supervisor 2)

  • submit a clear picture or scanned copy of an original  or certified true copy of the Petroleum Competency Program Certificate (branch specified) issued by the Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Enform

 Well Testing Services  Supervisor  (Level 3, Level 4 or  Level 5)

  • submit a clear picture or scanned copy of an original or certified true copy of the Petroleum Competency Program Certificate (branch specified) issued by the Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Enform

 Slickline Services Operator  (Assistance Operator, or Level 1  Ooperator or Level 2 Operator or  Level 3 Operator)

  • submit a clear picture or scanned copy of original or certified true copy of the Petroleum Competency Program Certificate (branch specified) issued by the Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Enform

Fees (payable in Canadian Funds)

There is a $150.00 non-refundable application fee.  If you must reattempt a theory examination, a $100.00 rewrite fee is required.

 Interpreters and Readers for Exams

You are allowed to use an interpreter or reader for your theory and/or practical exam at your own expense. You must receive approval from Apprenticeship and Industry Training for the interpreter or reader prior to taking the exam.

Your interpreter or reader is not allowed to have knowledge of the trade or a related trade. Check the 

Certification Based on Work Experience

If you do not have formal training but are able to prove your skills and work experience meet the standards set for the occupation in Alberta, you may apply for an Occupational Certificate Based on Work Experience.

To apply, complete the online Occupational Certificate – Work Experience Application. For additional information, see Occupational Program Work Experience Application - What You Should Know (below).

Occupational Program Work Experience Application - What You Should Know

Eligibility

Designated occupations do not have any industry-established restrictions to work in the occupation.  Training and certification is voluntary.

You may apply for an Alberta Occupational Certificate Based on Work Experience if you:

  • meet the minimum work experience requirement (hours and months) in an occupation that is designated in Alberta;
  • have not completed an Alberta occupation training program in the same designated occupation; and
  • do not hold a valid (not expired) occupational certificate issued by another Canadian province, territory, or by the Department of National Defence that is recognized as equivalent to a certificate issued by Alberta in a designated occupation.

Your application is valid for a maximum of 12 months from the approval date, during which time you are expected to complete the requirements for certification.

 If you have completed training or have been issued certification in a related trade or occupation, you may be  eligible for credit toward the work experience (hours and/or months) required for certification.

 If you hold a valid Canadian occupational credential that is recognized as equivalent to a certificate issued by  Alberta in a designated occupation, complete the Equivalency Application.

 If you hold a valid occupational credential issued by another Canadian province or territory or by the  Department of National Defence, and the credential is not recognized as equivalent to a certificate issued by  Alberta in a designated occupation, you may be eligible to apply for an Alberta Occupational Certificate Based  on a Recognized Credential.  Complete the Occupational Certificate – Credentials Application (application fee  $150.00).

 If you hold a non-Canadian certificate in an occupation that is designated in Alberta, to be eligible for an  Alberta Occupational Certificate you must complete this application and demonstrate the minimum work  experience requirement (hours and months) for the occupation (see below).

 Designated Occupations Work Experience Requirements

*You are required to pass an industry examination to qualify for certification

  Construction Craft Labourer*
  • documented proof of 3,000 hours and 18 months of related work experience

 

 Field Heat Treatment  Technician

 

  • documented proof of 10,800 hours and 72 months of related work experience

 Gas Utility Operator

  • documented proof of 5,100 hours and 36 months of related work experience

 Industrial Construction Crew  Supervisor

 

 Residential Construction Site  Manager

  • documented proof of  6,750 hours and 54 months of related work experience

 Cathodic Protection Technician  - Level One

  • documented proof of 1,500 hours and 18 months of work experience in the Cathodic Protection Technician - Level One occupation, AND
  • documented proof of successful completion of the Enform Cathodic Protection Technician Rectifier Training course (or equivalent)

 Overhead Door Technician -  Level One

  • completion of  a minimum 1,500 hours of hands-on work experience over 18 months

 Overhead Door Technician -  Level Two

  • completion of a minimum of 1,500 hours of work experience over 18 months

Overhead Door Technician -  Level Two (Transition-to August  31, 2018)

  • completion of a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience over 24 months

 * Alberta-designated occupation participating in the Interprovincial Standards (Red Seal) Program

Fees (payable in Canadian Funds)

There is a $450.00 non-refundable verification of competency fee, which covers the review of your application, verification of your work experience and your theory examination.  If you need to reattempt a theory examination, a $100.00 rewrite fee is required.

Examinations

You are required to write and pass a written theory exam.

If your application is approved, Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) automatically schedules your theory examination.  The pass mark is 70%. 

You are allowed two attempts at the examination.  If you do not pass the exam the first time, you are given the opportunity to attempt it a second time, subject to payment of all applicable fees.  If you fail both attempts at the theory exam, your application is cancelled.

You may use an interpreter or reader for your theory and/or practical exam at your own expense, however, you must receive approval from Apprenticeship and Industry Training for the interpreter or reader prior to taking the exam.

Your interpreter or reader is not allowed to have knowledge of the trade or a related trade. Check the following resources for more information:

You may also call the Apprenticeship toll-free line at 1-800-248-4823 or visit an Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office. 

Occupational Employer Declaration Letter (EDL) 

For Construction Craft Labourer, Field Heat Treatment Technician, Gas Utility Operator, Residential Construction Site Manager and Cathodic Protection Technician – Level One*

An employer declaration letter is a letter from your Alberta employer confirming you are functioning at the level expected of an Alberta-certified person in the occupation.

It must be prepared on company or business letterhead, completed and signed by the owner or a senior official of an Alberta employer and provided to the individual named in the letter, or submitted directly to the nearest Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

An EDL may be provided by:

  • your current Alberta employer;
  • a previous Alberta employer if you worked for that employer in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of your application; or
  • if you are a self-employed contractor, a corporate Alberta client or customer to whom you provided hands-on work in the applicable occupation.

In addition to having the required amount of verified work experience in your occupation, you must demonstrate you have the practical and theoretical skills, knowledge and competence in your occupation that are expected of an Alberta-certified person in that occupation.

  • Trades with a practical exam -  demonstrate competency by successfully completing the exam(s) with a minimum pass mark of 70%.

Note: ‘Alberta employer’ or ‘Alberta client or customer’ refers to any employer or corporate client or customer who works in Alberta, or an Alberta-based employer or corporate client or customer who works anywhere in Canada or around the world. 

The EDL must be submitted with your completed application and must be accepted as satisfactory before the theory exam can be scheduled.

In some unique circumstances, you may not be able to obtain a satisfactory EDL from an employer or corporate client.  In these circumstances, Apprenticeship and Industry Training will arrange, for a fee, for an industry-led competency assessment to be carried out.  If you are in this situation, you will be contacted to arrange the assessment.

* For Cathodic Protection Technician – Level One, applicants must also present proof of successful completion of the Enform Cathodic Protection Rectifier Training course.

For Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor, applicants must attach the ICCS Employer Assessment of Competency Form.

Certification Based on Training

A person may register with Apprenticeship and Industry Training to participate in occupational training and, after achieving the established standards of performance, be awarded an Occupational Certificate. Occupational training in Alberta is available in the Construction Craft Labourer and Gas Utility Operator occupations.

Occupational training is only available for Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

A person who meets the educational requirements for the occupation, or passes the entrance examination (if applicable), may apply for registration as a trainee in an occupation.

The applicant may be eligible for an Alberta Occupational Certificate upon successful completion of the required formal training and on-the-job work experience, and the theory examination for the occupation.

To apply, complete the online Occupational Certificate - Training Application