What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program consisting of on-the-job training provided by your employer and technical training at an approved technical training provider.

On-the-Job Training

As an apprentice, you will accumulate hours of on-the-job training for approximately 80 per cent of your program. You will 'earn while you learn' from a certified journeyperson or qualified individual through your employer. You will track your hours and the skills you have learned and practiced in your record (blue) book, and submit this to AIT through your MyTradesecrets account to receive credit. 

 

Visit the trade profile for your apprenticeship program for information on how many hours of on-the-job training are required. 

Technical Training

Approximately 20 per cent of your program will be completed in classrooms or labs at an approved post-secondary institution. Most apprentices attend technical training once a year for a period of 6-10 weeks. At the end of each period, you may be required to successfully complete an examination to progress to your next period.

 

Visit the trade profile for your apprenticeship program for information on how many periods and weeks of technical training are required. 

 

Learn more and register for technical training here.

Certification

An apprenticeship program lasts 1-4 years, depending on the trade. Visit the trade profile for your apprenticeship program for information on your program's length.

 

When you complete your apprenticeship training, you become an Alberta-certified journeyperson

 

You may be able to write an Interprovincial Standards Program exam to earn a Red Seal on your journeyperson certificate. This credential is recognized in other Canadian provinces and territories where your trade is designated, without further examinations.