Qualification Certificate Work Experience Application - What You Should Know

The Trades Qualifier Program - Work Experience is for experienced tradespeople seeking certification in an Alberta-designated trade. 

Work Experience

The Trades Qualifier Program - Work Experience provides experienced tradespeople with an opportunity to have their work experience, skills and knowledge assessed against the standards for certification in an Alberta-designated trade.

To obtain a Qualification Certificate through this program you must:

1. complete the online application form,

2. have the minimum required months and hours of hands-on experience in the trade. 

  • Apprenticeship and Industry Training will contact the employers you identify in your application to verify your work experience in the trade.

3. successfully complete a competency assessment, and 

  • Depending upon the trade, this could be a practical exam, an Employer Declaration Letter (EDL) [See sample below] from your Alberta-based employer, or a Trade Competency Verification (TCV) Book from your Alberta-based employer.

4. pass the theory exam(s) for your trade with a minimum mark of 70%.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply under the Trades Qualifier Program - Work Experience if you:

  • have the required number of hours and months of hands-on work experience in the trade you are applying for.
    • See Work Experience Requirements in Hours and Months (below) for the minimum required months and hours of hands-on experience required in your trade,

Note: The timeframe for work experience from previously approved or certified Trades Qualifier and/or apprenticeship applications cannot be re-used toward a new Trades Qualifier - Work Experience application in a new or related trade.

  • hold a certificate in the same trade that is not recognized in Alberta, or
  • hold a recognized certificate that is no longer valid in the same trade, excepting certificates with a Red Seal endorsement.

You are not eligible to apply under the Trades Qualifier Program - Work Experience if you:

  • hold an Alberta trade certificate or a certificate that is recognized in Alberta in the same trade,
  • had a Trades Qualifier Program application in the same trade or branch of trade cancelled within the past 12 months, or
  • have a restriction on your Apprenticeship and Industry Training file based on a conviction or for cheating on an exam. 

When you submit your online application, it is reviewed and assessed by Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). If approved, you are notified of your next steps. You may follow the status of your application through your secure MyTradesecrets account created when you submitted your online application.

If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or an internationally trained worker who has arrived in Canada, once your application is approved, you have one year from the date of approval to complete all requirements of the program. If you are an internationally trained worker applying from outside of Canada, once your application is approved, you have one year to arrive in Alberta and one year from the date of your arrival to complete all requirements of the program. Once you are eligible to write the theory exam(s), your exam will be requested and scheduled. If you fail the theory exam, and want to re-attempt it, you must pay the $100 CDN re-write fee. You are allowed two attempts to pass the exam(s).

**Recognized Credential - Click to discover if your credential is recognized in Alberta. If you hold a valid recognized credential without an Interprovincial  Standards Red Seal endorsement and you want an Alberta credential with or without the Red Seal endorsement, you may apply through the Trades Qualifier Program - Recognized Credential.

Fees

  • Application fee including one attempt at the theory exam(s) $450 CDN
  • Practical exam fees vary by trade (below)
  • Theory re-write fee $100 CDN 
  • Please note all application-related fees are non-refundable. 
    • Read all requirements carefully before submitting your application.

Applicant Responsibilities

Applicants in the Trades Qualifier Program - Work Experience are responsible for:

  • accurately and honestly answering questions in the application,
  • submitting a complete application, including (where required):
    • translated documents
    • authentic and sufficient evidence to support claims of training and employment
    • paying the required fee(s)
  • responding to any requests for supplemental information within the required time,
  • completing the required competency assessment,
  • preparing for the exam(s), and
  • completing required exam(s).

Privacy

The Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act establishes privacy rules regarding the Government’s collection and use of personal information. In keeping with the Act, on the Trades Qualifier Program - Work Experience application, Apprenticeship and Industry Training requests your permission to collect, use and disclose your personal information.

False or Misleading Information

AIT takes reasonable steps to verify the information you provide in your application. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and validity of all information provided in your application.

During the assessment of your application, or at a later date, if AIT determines you supplied false, misleading or incorrect information, your application will be cancelled. If you were awarded a certificate based on false, misleading or incorrect information, the certificate will be withdrawn.

Completing Your Work Experience Application

Choose a Trade

Choose the Alberta trade that best describes the trade in which you have experience. Refer to the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities required for the Alberta.

Be sure you choose the correct name for the trade in Alberta because several trades share similar names but include different duties. For example, the Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) trade includes the branches of HET-Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off-road), HET-Truck and Transport Mechanic and HET-Transport Trailer Mechanic. Additionally, the Ironworker trade includes the branches of Ironworker-Metal Building Systems Erector, Ironworker-Structural/Ornamental and Ironworker-Reinforcing.

Status in Canada

When completing this section, if you are not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you are applying as a internationally trained worker. As such, you are asked to provide your date of arrival in Alberta. If you have not yet arrived in Alberta, type in 2099/01/01. By providing a future date, AIT knows you have not yet arrived.

Recruiter or Immigration Service Provider

If you are using a recruiter to apply for the program, please provide the name of the company. If the name does not appear on the drop-down list, email TFWInfo@gov.ab.ca to have the company added.

Work History

You are asked to select the country where the majority of your work experience in the trade was obtained. Providing the correct country may help shorten the assessment time for your application. This information is used to assign your application to an assessor to contact the employers listed in your application.

Employer Information

It is important to complete this section with correct employer contact information as Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) will contact these employers to confirm your trade work experience. The employer contact person(s) named must be currently employed by the company. Please include the correct country and local area codes with all phone numbers.

Many countries have privacy laws requiring employers to have permission from current or former employees to disclose personal information. Please ensure the employers you identify in your application have the required authority to provide AIT with information about your employment with their company.

If an employer contact person listed in your application does not speak English, please indicate the language the person speaks so we can arrange for an interpreter to assist in verifying your work experience.

Hands-on Work Experience

Hands-on work experience is both the hours and months you spent performing the tasks of the trade. The required months and hours are different for each trade. See “Work Experience Requirements - Hours and Months” (Scroll down this page) for the minimum months and hours of hands-on work experience required in each trade.

Hands-on work experience does not include:

  • time you spent on foreman, supervisory or management duties,
    • It does include time you were performing the hands-on tasks of the trade while you were in a foreman or supervisory position (eg. working foreman or working supervisor.)
  • time you spent attending training, and
  • time you spent as an instructor in the trade.

Additional Documents

Documents supporting your employment may be uploaded with your application to help substantiate your work experience in the trade. This could include letters from employers, awards or training completion documents.

If you were self-employed, provide additonal documentation such as:

  • copies of your contracts or invoices with employers you have sub-contracted work,
  • company names and contact information (phone numbers/email) for employers for whom you worked for (in the trade) indicating the hours and months, and dates you worked for them,
  • business licences, corporate registration, professional association membership(s) etc.,
  • invoices or other documents from suppliers providing details on the volume and description of supplies purchased, and
  • any other documents which show you were working in the trade.

Employer Declaration Letter

If you are applying for a trade that requires an Employer Declaration Letter (see bottom of this page), please note the letter must be from an Alberta employer you have worked for within one year prior to the date you submitted your application. 

If you have the required EDL, click “Yes” and you can upload the letter. You must submit your EDL within 12 months of your arrival and/or starting work in Alberta. However, it is wise to submit the EDL well before the deadline, to allow enough time for booking exams, which can take up to six months. If you are applying from outside of Alberta and do not have an EDL, click “No”.

The Trades Competency Verification (TCV) Book is a pilot project in the steamfitter-pipefitter, automotive service technician and electrician trades. It was developed to expand the options used in evaluating the practical skills of Qualification Certificate applicants. Through the TCV, you must demonstrate your competency in each of the core competencies for the trade. The TCV is mailed to your mailing address with your arrival/approval letter.

  • For non-Alberta certified journeypersons signing off the letter, AIT requires a copy of the certificate be submitted with the EDL/TCV Book.
  • A supervisor/journeyperson signing an EDL for OPTIONAL certification trades is NOT required to hold a journeyperson certificate.

*For the steamfitter-pipefitter, automotive service technician and electrician trades, competency is demonstrated by completing a Trades Competency Verification (TCV) Book. Answer “No” to the question on submitting an EDL at this time.

 Personal Information

The name and address you write on your application is the name and address we will use on all correspondence with you. This is also the name that will appear on your trade certificate. If you are applying as a temporary foreign worker, it is important this name be the same as it appears on your passport.

Aboriginal Status

If you are an Aboriginal person, you have the option to identify your status.

Accommodations for Apprentices

If you have a medical condition (physical, communicational or cognitive/intellectual), you may be eligible to receive additional services to help you challenge the exams. For more information, contact your nearest Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) office.

Exam Readers and Translators

If the language you speak, read and write the best in is not English, you may be eligible to have a translator present for your exams. If you wish to use a translator, check the appropriate box.

It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for a translator who meets the requirements and standards set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For more information, see Translation for Documents and Exams or visit your nearest Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

Name and Address

The name and address you write on your application is the name and address AIT will use on all correspondence with you. This is also the name that will appear on your trade certificate. If you are applying as a temporary foreign worker, it is important this name be the same one that appears on your passport.

Educational History

The education section asks you to check all the levels of education that apply to you. This information may be used to support your application and work experience in the trade. In this section, you are asked to name and upload any trade or occupation credential you hold.

Declaration, Agreement and Consent

Read this section of the application carefully as you are confirming, acknowledging and agreeing that:

  • the information you provide in the application and in any documents attached to the application are true and complete,
  • you will notify AIT if any information you provide changes,
  • you will notify AIT within seven days of changes to your employment situation in Alberta,
  • if you are a temporary foreign worker, you will provide AIT with your Alberta mailing address and Alberta employer within seven days of arriving in Alberta,
  • if you make false or misleading statements in your application, you could be denied a Qualification Certificate or have a certificate that was already granted to you cancelled or suspended,
  • you are giving AIT permission to verify and/or disclose the personal information in your application to your current and past employers, and educational institutions you have listed on your application, and
  • AIT may disclose any information you provide in your application, the results of any exams you take in the program, the status of your application and your eligibility to work in the trade with governments, boards, agencies and credentialing bodies to verify the information you provided, determine your eligibility to participate in the program and your eligibility to enter or remain in Canada and work in the trade.

If you do not check that you agree, you are unable to proceed with the submission of your application.

Payment

The non-refundable application fee is $450 CDN. You are asked for your payment method. You may pay online with a credit card or submit your application and make a payment (credit or debit card only) at one of our Apprenticeship and Industry Training offices.

 

Work Experience Requirements - Hours and Months

Optional Certification Trades

Hours

Months

Compulsory Certification Trades

Hours

Months

 

Agricultural Equipment Technician

9000

72

Appliance Service Technician

7200

54

 

Baker

7020

54

Appliance Service Technician– Commercial Appliance Service Technician

7200

54

 

Bricklayer

7200

54

Auto Body Technician

9300

72

 

Cabinetmaker

8160

72

Auto Body Technician–Auto Body Prepper

5100

36

 

Carpenter

9360

72

Auto Body Technician–Auto Body Refinisher

4800

36

 

Communication Technician

9000

72

Auto Body Technician–Auto Body Repairer

6900

54

 

Concrete Finisher

5400

54

Automotive Service Technician

9000

72

 

Cook

7020

54

Boilermaker

6750

54

 

Electric Motor Systems Technician

9000

72

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator–Boom Truck

1800

18

 

Floorcovering Installer

4500

36

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator–Hydraulic Mobile Crane

6750

54

 

Glazier

9720

72

 

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator–Mobile Crane

6750

54

 

Instrumentation and Control Technician

8775

72

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator–Tower Crane

3000

36

 

Insulator (Heat and Frost)

6827

54

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator–Wellhead Boom Truck

150

12

 

Landscape Horticulturist

7200

72

Electrician

8775

72

 

Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)

7020

54

Elevator Constructor

10800

72

 

Locksmith

7020

54

Gasfitter–Class A

6750

54

 

Machinist

9360

72

Gasfitter–Class B

4500 

36 

 

Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

7020

54

 

Millwright

9360

72

Hairstylist

4200

36

 

Natural Gas Compression Technician

9000

72

Heavy Equipment Technician

9000

72

 

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician–Power Equipment

4500

54

Heavy Equipment Technician– Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off-road)

6750

54

 

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician–Recreational Equipment

4500

54

Heavy Equipment Technician–Transport Trailer Mechanic

4950

36

 

Painter and Decorator

5850

54

Heavy Equipment Technician–Truck and Transport Mechanic

6750

54

 

Parts Technician–Parts Technician

6750

54

Ironworker

9000

72

 

Parts Technician–Materials Technician

6750

54

Ironworker (Metal Building Systems Erector)

4500

36

 

Powerline Technician

9563

72

Ironworker (Reinforcing)

4500

36

 

Power System Electrician

8775

72

Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental)

6750

54

 

Roofer

8790

72

Motorcycle Mechanic

8340

72

 

Sprinkler Systems Installer

9900

72

Plumber

9000

72

 

Recreation Vehicle Service Technician

7200

54

 

Tilesetter

7200

54

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

9000

72

 

Transport Refrigeration Technician

8100

63

Rig Technician–Level One * including 1000 hours in Level 1 (Motorhand)

2250

18

 

Water Well Driller

5400

36

Rig Technician–Level Two ** including 1000 hours in Level 2 (Derrickhand)

4500

36

 

Water Well Driller–Earth Loop Technician

5400

36

 

                       End

Rig Technician–Level Three *** including 1000 hours in Level 3 (Driller)

6750

54

 

Sheet Metal Worker

8550

72

 

Steamfitter-Pipefitter

6750

54

 

Welder

7020

54

 

Welder-Wire Process Operator

4950

36

 

Work Experience Employer Declaration Letter (Sample)

Employer Declaration Letter - Sample Text

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

***********************

I, [name of person signing letter, and title/position of person signing the letter] hereby declare that [name of the person applying for certification], born [date year/month/day], referred to in this letter as “the Applicant”, has been employed by [name of company], or provided services to [name of business], in the trade of [name of trade] , hereafter referred to in this letter as “the Trade” from [year/month/day] to [year/month/day].

AND select ONE of the following statements to fit your situation:

I have made inquiries of the applicant’s journeyperson supervisor(s) [name(s) and certificate number(s) below] and I am satisfied that the Applicant is/was functioning at the journeyperson level in the Trade and carries/carried out the tasks of that trade at the skill level the supervisor expects/expected of an Alberta-certified journeyperson in that trade.

OR

I am the supervising journeyperson [certificate number and issuing jurisdiction] of the applicant and I am satisfied that the Applicant is/was functioning at the journeyperson level in the Trade and carries/carried out the tasks of that trade at the skill level that I expect(ed) of an Alberta-certified journeyperson in that trade.

Signature and date

Include contact information for the person signing the letter:

Address

Municipality

Postal code

Phone number

Email address

Include information about the applicant’s supervising journeyperson(s):

Name, certificate number and jurisdiction that issued the certificate

Trades with Practical Exams and Fees

Trade

Practical Exam Fees*

Auto Body Technician

Exam A $78.00/Exam B $108.00

Auto Body Technician – Auto Body Repairer

Exam A $78.00\Exam B $108.00

Boilermaker

$300.00

Bricklayer

$210.00

Cabinetmaker

$160.00

Carpenter

$205.00

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator – Boom Truck

$310.00

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator – Hydraulic Mobile Crane

$310.00

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator – Mobile Crane

2 @ $310.00 each

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator – Tower Crane

$310.00

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator – Wellhead Boom Truck

$310.00

Floorcovering Installer

$130.00

Glazier

$230.00

Hairstylist

$75.00

Insulator (Heat and Frost)

$475.00

Locksmith

$195.00

Machinist

$115.00

Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

$350.00

Sheet Metal Worker

2 @ $110.00 each

Welder

$160.00

Welder – Wire Process Operator

$160.00

                 *Fees are subject to change.