Trades Qualifier - Work Experience Program

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

This program provides experienced tradespeople with an opportunity to have their applicable trades-related work experience, skills and knowledge assessed against the standards for certification in an Alberta-designated trade. If you are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a Foreign National or have work experience from a country outside of Canada, you may be eligible to apply for the Trades Qualifier – Work Experience program.

You are eligible to apply for the Trades Qualifier – Work Experience program if:

  • prior to application submission, you have satisfied the minimum required months and hours of hands-on work experience in the trade you are applying for (see Program Minimum Requirements chart),
  • you ensure your work experience time can be verified (confirmed to be legitimate and accurate by a current employer contact), and
  • you ensure ALL program requirements (competency assessment and theory exam) can be completed within the 18 months of assessment approval.

Note: If you previously attempted the Trades Qualifier – Work Experience program exam in the same trade and failed twice, a Training Plan must be completed and approved by AIT before the third and every subsequent exam attempt.

 If you are approved to challenge the Trades Qualifier – Work Experience program exam(s), see below for important deadlines.

 Type of Resident

Important Deadlines

Canadian Resident or Permanent Resident of Canada

 All program requirements must be completed within 18 months of the approval date of your Trades Qualifier – Work Experience application.

Foreign National

(A person who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, including a stateless person. For more information, see the Government of Canada website.)

 If you have already arrived in Alberta,

  • all program requirements must be completed within 18 months of the approval date on your Trades Qualifier – Work Experience application.

 If you have not arrived in Alberta,

  • all program requirements must be completed within 18 months of the approval date of your Trades Qualifier - Work Experience application.

           

 

How to Apply for to the Trades Qualifier - Work Experience Program

Trades Qualifier – Work Experience Application Process

 NOTE: See steps below for detailed information.

Step 1: Apply Online for the Trades Qualifier – Work Experience program

A. Prior to application submission, ensure you have the minimum required months and hours (see Program Minimum Requirements chart) of hands-on work experience in the trade you are applying for.

B. Create a My Alberta Digital ID (MADI) account.

C. Create a MyTradesecrets (MTS) account.

D. Complete the online application.

E. If you are a non-Canadian resident or non-permanent resident of Canada, you are considered a Foreign National. If you:

  • have arrived in Alberta from another country, ensure that you enter your arrival date, or
  • have not yet arrived in Alberta, enter your arrival date as 2099/01/01.

If you are using a recruiter to apply for this program, provide the name of the company. If the name does not appear on the drop-down list, please contact AIT. Recruiter addresses and contacts are not to be used as your personal contact information.

F. Ensure the employer information you provide is correct, true and verifiable, and:

  • the employer contact person is currently employed by the company,
  • the employer contact person’s full name, job position, phone number(s) and business/company email address(es),
  • the phone number includes the correct country code and area code,
  • if the employer contact person does not speak English, ensure the preferred language is indicated, and
  • your employer/contact person is aware and prepared to answer a call/email from AIT any time after the date you submit your application.

Please note:

  • only submit your hands-on work experience in the trade you applied for (supervisory, instruction or other duties that are not hands-on duties or within the scope of the trade will not be accepted),
  • the time frame for work experience from previously certified Trades Qualifier and/or apprenticeship applications cannot be re-used towards a new Trades Qualifier - Work Experience application in a new or related trade, and
  • work experience from past applications is not automatically approved and will be verified again at the time of your new submission. It is your responsibility to ensure the information is still correct and accurate.

If you are self-employed or if the companies you worked for are no longer in business, see Step 1(G) below; otherwise, skip to Step 2.

Note: Please ensure the employer contact(s) identified in your application have the required authority to provide AIT with employment verification.

G. Upload and attach clear copies of any documentation relevant to your application:

  • employer letters on company letterhead, records of employment (ROE), T4s or T5s, pay stubs, etc.
  • for self-employed work experience:
    • copies of your contracts or invoices (first contract/invoice and last contract/invoice for each company) with companies you have provided services to or sub-contracted work,
    • company names and contact information (contact’s full name, job title, phone number/business email) for companies for whom you contracted work, indicating the hours, months and dates you worked for them,
    • business license(s) or corporate registration(s), and
    • if you have/had a co-owner in the business, provide their contact information (full name/phone number/email) and legal proof of their co-ownership.
  • for companies no longer in business provide:
    • copies of your pay stubs from each company (1 copy from the beginning of your employment, 1 copy from the middle of your employment and 1 copy of your last pay stub,
    • employer reference letters on company letterhead,
    • T4s from each company (1 copy from the beginning of your employment, 1 copy from the middle of your employment and 1 copy from your last pay stub,
    • ROEs, and/or
    • additional documents, upon request.

H. Pay the non-refundable $450 (Canadian) application fee.

Step 2: Application Verification

A. AIT reviews your application and verifies your work experience with the employer contact(s) you provided. The status of your application indicates ‘assessment.’

  • Processing time is approximately 4 to 6 weeks. If your work experience is from outside of Canada, it may take longer. The assessment result letter is attached to your MTS profile.

Note: If your Trades Qualifier - Work Experience application status shows 'rejected' or 'cancelled', and you are working in a compulsory certification trade in Alberta, you must cease working immediately.

B. When all other options have been exhausted and we are still unable to verify enough of your submitted work experience, you may be eligible for a panel interview. You are notified of the steps to take via a letter in your MTS profile.

  • Based on the assessment result and in extenuating circumstances, you may be eligible for a panel interview. Additional fees apply.

Note: Panel interviews are not guaranteed and must be completed in Alberta.

Step 3: Application Status

Check on the status of your application in your MTS profile. See below for details.

Application Status

Assessment Result Letter

Reassessment Result Letter

Final Result Letter

Approved

Continue to step 4.

Not applicable

Not applicable

Rejected

  • Your assessment result letter is attached to your MTS profile.
  • 30 days from the result letter date to upload new/additional information for reassessment.
  • See below for examples of acceptable and unacceptable documents/information.
  • Your assessment result letter is attached to your MTS profile.
  • 30 days from the result letter date to upload new/additional information for reassessment.
  • See below for examples of acceptable and unacceptable documents/information.

 

  • If new/additional information for reassessment is not verifiable and/or does not meet program requirements, an assessment result letter is attached to your MTS profile.

Pending

Your new/additional information is being assessed/verified.

Note: Processing time may take up to 4 weeks. If your work experience is from outside of Canada, it may take longer.

Your new/additional information is being assessed/verified.

Note: Processing time may take up to 4 weeks. If your work experience is from outside of Canada, it may take longer.

Not applicable

A. Acceptable information is:

If the same information is submitted for a Reassessment, you must indicate why this information must be reviewed again.

B. Unacceptable information is:

  • a contact who is no longer employed by the company.

Note: If your Trades Qualifier – Work Experience application status shows 'rejected' or 'cancelled' and you are working in a compulsory certification trade in Alberta, you must immediately cease working.

Step 4A: Competency Verification and Exam Scheduling

 

Type of Competency Assessment

Who can verify the competency assessment?

When does this competency assessment have to be completed by?

Practical Exam

Not applicable. Practical exams must be completed in Alberta.

Recommended to be scheduled after  successful completion of theory exam

and

within 18 months of approval date of application.

Employer Declaration Letter (EDL)

Most recent Alberta employer (within 1 year prior to your Trades Qualifier – Work Experience application date)

or

current Alberta employer.

Recommended to be scheduled within 6-12 months from the approval date of application

and

within 18 months of approval date of application.

Trade Competency Verification (TCV) Book

Competencies signed by a certified journeyperson or a person who holds an Alberta-recognized credential

and

employer endorsement – endorsed by the current Alberta employer.

Recommended to be scheduled within 6-12 months from approval date of application

and

within 18 months of the approval date of application.

Competency Review Committee

AIT reviews all information relevant to your Trades Qualifier – Work Experience application and assesses your competency.

The committee may request additional information or, as a last resort, may require the applicant to attend a panel interview by industry experts.

Note: Committee referral is only for extenuating circumstances. The following circumstances are not considered: unemployment, uncooperative Alberta employer(s) and/or working for an employer outside of Alberta.

Referral to the committee before the theory exam is scheduled.

The committee may authorize the theory exam before it conducts its review

and

within 18 months from the approval date of application.

 A. Successfully complete a competency assessment and theory exam.

B. To schedule your exam(s), review the next step in your assessment approval letter in your MTS account.

C. You are notified of the exam date, time and location in your MTS profile.

  • If you are unable to attend your exam on the scheduled date, you must provide a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. Please contact AIT.
  • If you do not attend (DNA) twice, and have not provided the required notice, your application is cancelled.
  • You are only permitted to reschedule your exam twice.

Note: Only Red Seal exams are available in both English and French. All other exams are in English only.

D. Some trades require a practical exam (see Program Minimum Requirements Chart) as the competency assessment.

  • Practical exam fee(s) vary by trade.
  • Practical exam fee(s) must be paid before the exam is scheduled.

E. You are notified of the practical exam’s date, time and location in your MTS profile.

F. Under limited conditions, you may be allowed to use an interpreter/reader during an examination. For more information, contact AIT.

Step 4B: Exam Rewrite(s)

 

Step 4C: Application Result

You have 18 months from the date your application was approved to complete all program requirements and obtain certification.

A. If you have not satisfied all program requirements by 18 months, your application is cancelled, and you must:

  • apply with a new application,
  • pay the application fee, and
  • repeat Steps 1 through 4.

B. If you have completed all Trades Qualifier – Work Experience program requirements within 18 months, your credential(s) is mailed to the address in your MTS profile.