About Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a unique form of post-secondary education that blends hands-on work experience with classroom learning.

1. Immersive Real-world Experience

You’ll spend about 80% of your apprenticeship on the job, practicing your trade or profession.

  • Learning Partnership: Collaborate with a sponsor to hone your skills in real-world settings.
  • Expert Mentorship: Work alongside seasoned professionals who will mentor and guide you.
  • Earn while you Learn: Get your career started from day one and take home an income while you develop your skills and knowledge. 
  • Progress Tracking: Document your progress, including hours worked and skills mastered.

2. Practical Academic Learning 

The remaining 20% of your apprenticeship is dedicated to structured learning in a classroom or lab.

  • Annual Attendance: Once a year, attend a six-to-ten-week period at a college or polytechnic institute in Alberta.
  • Experienced Instructors: Benefit from the insights of seasoned instructors who will help you deepen your understanding.
  • Theoretical Knowledge: Delve into key concepts and safety protocols that will ensure you thrive and remain safe in your profession.
  • Hand-on Application: Master the tools and techniques specific to your trade, and learn how to apply theoretical knowledge in practical scenarios.
  • Competence Assessment: Pass exams to demonstrate how much you’re learned.

3. Graduate to Greater Opportunities

Depending on which program you choose, you can complete your apprenticeship in between one and four years, job-ready with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to succeed.

When you graduate, you’ll receive both a:  

  • Journeyperson Certificate: This certificate not only acknowledges your expertise in your chosen trade but also grants you the legal authority to work in that trade. With this, you can proudly use the title 'Journeyperson'.
  • Education Credential: This is a formal testament to your dedication and hard work. It confirms that you've successfully finished a post-secondary study program and highlights the time and effort you've invested in mastering your trade or profession.