Prior Learning Assessments

You can apply to attempt a Prior Learning Assessment examination if you want to determine your level of skill and knowledge prior to entering into an apprenticeship program, for any of the following purposes:

  • entry into an apprenticeship program
  • advanced standing in an apprenticeship program based on Provincial Apprenticeship Committee accredited training
  • advanced standing in an apprenticeship program based on previous work experience or training in a trade

 

Entrance Examination

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice but you are not able to provide documentation showing that you have the educational requirements of the trade, or if you are required to successfully complete an entrance exam in your chosen trade, you may apply to attempt an entrance examination.

  • There is no fee for this application

Pre-employment Programs

If you were successful in a pre-employment program accredited by the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee at an Alberta educational institution, you may apply to attempt a prior learning assessment examination for advanced standing in an apprenticeship program.

  • If you have completed your training program, you will be required to submit  a clear picture of scanned copy of your certificate or diploma with your application.
  • Pay the required prior learning assessment non-refundable fee.

If you are currently attending a pre-employment program accredited by the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee at an Alberta educational institution, you may apply to attempt a prior learning assessment examination for advanced standing in an apprenticeship program.

  • Applicants who are currently attending a pre-employment program must inquire with their instructor whether they can apply for this program while attending class. 
  • Pay the required prior learning assessment non-refundable fee.

If you are not sure your program is accredited by the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee, contact the nearest Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

Alberta High School Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Programs

If you have the educational requirements or have passed the entrance exam for a trade, and have successfully completed the required courses in an Alberta Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Program, you may attempt prior learning assessment examinations for advanced standing in an apprenticeship program.
  • There is no fee for this application

 

Technician and Technology Programs

If you have successfully completed the required courses in a technician or technology program that has been accredited by the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee, you may attempt prior learning assessment examinations for advanced standing in an apprenticeship program.
  • If you have completed your training program, you will be required to submit a clear picture of scanned copy of your certificate or diploma with your application.
  • Pay the required prior learning assessment non-refundable fee.

If you are currently attending a technician or technology program accredited by the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee at an Alberta educational institution, you may apply to attempt a prior learning assessment examination.

  • Applicants who are currently attending a technician or technology program need to inquire with their instructor whether they can apply for this program while attending class. 
  • Pay the required prior learning assessment non-refundable fee.

If you are not sure your program is accredited by the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee, contact the nearest Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

Previous Training in the Trade (Non-accredited)

If you have successfully completed training that covers the same objectives identified in the Alberta Apprenticeship Course Outline for the trade, you may apply for a prior learning assessment to determine the credit you will be granted for advanced standing in an apprenticeship program. 

  • The application process requires applicants to contact an AIT office to determine eligibility.
  • Submit proof that you have the required work experience or training
  • Pay the required prior learning assessment non-refundable fee.

Previous Work Experience in the Trade

If you have the educational requirements or have passed the required entrance exam, and you have a minimum of 1 year of work experience in the trade, you may apply for a prior learning assessment to determine the credit you will be granted for advanced standing in an apprenticeship program. 

  • You do not have to be employed in the trade to apply for a prior learning assessment.
  • The application process requires applicants to contact an AIT office to determine eligibility.
  • Submit proof that you have the required work experience or training.
  • Pay the required prior learning assessment non-refundable fee.

If you have enough previous work experience to be eligible to attempt a prior learning assessment examination for more than one period of the apprenticeship program, you will be required to pay the prior learning assessment fee(s) for each period exam that you attempt.

To receive an Alberta Journeyperson Certificate, you must complete at least 12 months in an apprenticeship program. This includes successfully completing one period of technical training, accumulating the minimum number of on-the-job training hours, and passing all required examinations.

Fees

Subject to AIT approval and payment of applicable fee(s) by the applicant, this application permits the applicant ONE attempt at the theory exam. Any re-attempt of the theory exam or attempt of the practical exam (if applicable) is also subject to AIT approval and payment of each exam’s fees by the applicant. If the application is cancelled, contact an AIT office to discuss the options available.

In trades where a practical exam is required, there is an additional fee(s) for each attempt. This fee(s) covers the cost of the exam, materials and markers.  The fee for the practical exam varies from trade to trade and period to period because of the difference in cost of materials. Fees are subject to change without notice. Contact an Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office for more information.  

Trade

Period

Prior Learning Assessment Fee  (each period)

Practical

Exam Fee

Agricultural Equipment Technician

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Appliance Service Technician

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Appliance Service Technician - Commercial Appliance Service Technician

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Auto Body Technician

1

$150.00

n/a

 

2

$150.00

n/a

 

3

$150.00

$78.00

 

4

$150.00

$108.00

Auto Body Technician – Auto Body Prepper

n/a

n/a

n/a

Auto Body Technician – Auto Body Refinisher

1,2

$150.00 each

n/a

Auto Body Technician – Auto Body Repairer

1

$150.00

n/a

 

2

$150.00

$78.00

 

3

$150.00

$108.00

Automotive Service Technician

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Baker

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Barber

1

$150.00

$75.00

Boilermaker

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Bricklayer

1

$150.00

$150.00

 

2

$150.00

$160.00

 

3

$150.00

$210.00

Cabinetmaker

1

$150.00

$195.00

NAIT pre-employ. In-class practical $75.

 

2

$150.00

$180.00

 

3

$150.00

$185.00

 

4

$150.00

$160.00

Carpenter

1

$150.00

$195.00

NAIT pre-employ. In-class practical $75.

 

2

$150.00

$185.00

 

3

$150.00

$205.00

 

4

$150.00

$205.00

Communication Technician

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Concrete Finisher

1,2

$150.00 each

n/a

Cook

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane

1

$150.00

n/a

 

3

$150.00

$310.00

Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator - Tower Crane

n/a

n/a

n/a

Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom Truck

n/a

n/a

n/a

Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator - Wellhead Boom Truck

n/a

n/a

n/a

Electric Motor Systems Technician

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Electrician

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Elevator Constructor

n/a

n/a

n/a

Floorcovering Installer

1

$150.00

$125.00

 

2

$150.00

$130.00

Gasfitter - Class A

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Gasfitter - Class B

1,2

$150.00 each

n/a

Glazier

1

$150.00

n/a

 

2

$150.00

$210.00

 

3

$150.00

n/a

 

4

$150.00

$230.00

Hairstylist

1

$150.00

$75.00

 

2

$150.00

$75.00

Heavy Equipment Technician (HET)

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

HET – Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off-road)

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

HET – Truck and Transport Mechanic

1,2,3

$150.00each 

n/a

HET – Transport Trailer Mechanic

n/a

n/a

n/a

Instrumentation and Control Technician

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Insulator (Heat and Frost)

1

$150.00

n/a

 

2

$150.00

$375.00

 

3

$150.00

$475.00

   

Ironworker (Metal Building Systems Erector)

1,2

$150.00 each

n/a

Ironworker (Reinforcing)

1,2

$150.00 each

n/a

Ironworker (Structural and Ornamental)

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Landscape Horticulturist

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Locksmith

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Machinist

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Motorcycle Mechanic

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Natural Gas Compression Technician

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician - Power Equipment

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician - Recreational Equipment

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Painter and Decorator

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Parts Technician - Parts Technician

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Parts Technician – Materials Technician

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Plumber

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Powerline Technician

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Power System Electrician

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Recreation Vehicle Service Technician

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

n/a

Roofer

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Sheet Metal Worker

1,2,3,4

$150.00 each

2 @ $110.00

Sprinkler System Installer

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Steamfitter-Pipefitter

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Transport Refrigeration Technician

1,2,3

$150.00 each

n/a

Water Well Driller

1,2

$150.00 each

n/a

Water Well Driller – Earth Loop Technician

1,2

$150.00 each

n/a

Welder

1

$150.00

$145.00

 

2

$150.00

$155.00

 

3

$150.00

$160.00

Welder - Wire Process Operator

n/a

n/a

n/a

Fees are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation of an Application

Your application is cancelled if you:

  • do not have the requirements to qualify;
  • do not attempt an exam within 12 months of the application being approved;
  • do not attempt an exam within 12 months of a previously failed exam attempt;
  • fail the examination twice;
  • do not show up for a scheduled exam twice;
  • ask for a scheduled exam to be rescheduled more than two times; and
  • do not pay the reattempt or practical examination fee(s) if required within 30 days from the date of notification; or do not attempt the scheduled examination(s) and do not notify Apprenticeship and Industry Training.