Permanent or Temporary Transfers of Apprenticeship

Pre-apprenticeship Training

In order for Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) to recognize any pre-apprenticeship training from your home jurisdiction, that pre-apprenticeship training must be recognized in your home jurisdiction toward an apprenticeship program.

Permanent Apprentice Transfer

Apprentices may receive recognition for on-the-job hours and/or technical training (classroom) successfully completed in the same, or equivalent trade, without the need to repeat training.  This may also apply to pre-apprenticeship programs and courses.

Permanent Transfer of Alberta Apprenticeship to Other Canadian Jurisdiction

  • Ensure your Alberta apprenticeship information (on-the-job hours) is up-to-date,
  • The apprenticeship authority in the province/territory you transfer to will contact AIT to confirm your apprenticeship level, technical training completed and on-the-job hours recorded, and
  • Any credit that may be granted by the new jurisdiction will be up to that province/territory once they have confirmed your information with AIT.

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Permanent Transfer of your Apprenticeship to Alberta

As a registered apprentice in your home province/territory, you can transfer your apprenticeship program to Alberta. This may include your:

  • on-the-job hours,
  • technical training, and
  • examinations.

Before you leave your home province/territory:

  • ensure all of your on-the-job hours and technical training are reported to your apprenticeship authority, and
  • obtain an official copy of your apprenticeship progress (i.e. apprenticeship transcript) to bring with you to Alberta.

Temporary Apprentice Move

As a registered Alberta apprentice, you may be eligible to work temporarily or take technical training in another Canadian province/territory while continuing to be a registered Alberta apprentice.

Working Outside of Alberta

Please upload all required documents/information to your MTS account.

If your trade is designated in both Alberta and the other jurisdiction, you must do the following.

  1. When you've found an employer in the jurisdiction where you wish to work, you must submit an employer letter, on company letterhead, confirming:
    • trade you are employed in,
    • employer contact name and position,
    • employer start date,
    • location where work is performed,
    • a legal and completed record book entry, and
    • an employer letter, on company letterhead, confirming your on-the-job work experience.
      • Click here for the letter template.
  2. After the employer letter is reviewed by AIT, a letter will be attached to your MTS account with further instructions.
  3. When you wish to submit on-the-job hours with your out-of-province employer toward your Alberta apprenticeship, you must submit either:
    • a legible and completed record book entry
      • Ensure there is a printed name for the individual who has signed your record book entry, and their contact information 
    • OR
    • an employer letter, on company letterhead, confirming your on-the-job work experience.
      • Click here for a copy of the “Canadian Employer Submitting Work Experience for an Alberta Apprentice” letter template.

If your trade is not designated in Alberta and/or the other jurisdiction, any on-the-job work experience accumulated outside of Alberta must be recommended by your current Alberta employer. See the 'Recommend Time Credit' template for your Alberta employer to complete. 

The above information will be verified with your out-of-province employer. For more details, review the Official Policy with regard to Alberta apprentices working in another Canadian jurisdiction. 

Taking Technical Training Outside of Alberta

If you wish to take your technical training outside of Alberta, please visit the Contact Us page and click on Apprentice Mobility.

Please include the following in your request:

  • your AIT ID number,
  • your date of birth,
  • the phone number the new jurisdiction may use to contact you,
  • the trade you are registered in as an Alberta apprentice,
  • the level of technical training you wish to take outside of Alberta (Note: you must submit a new request for each level you would like to take),
  • the jurisdiction and city (if possible) where you would like to take your technical training,
  • when you hope to take your technical training, and
  • why you wish to take technical training in that jurisdiction.

Temporary Transfer of your Apprenticeship to Alberta

As a registered apprentice in another Canadian province/territory, you may be eligible to work temporarily or take technical training in Alberta while continuing to be a registered apprentice in your home jurisdiction. For more information, contact the apprenticeship authority in your home jurisdiction.

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More Resources

Visit these links for additional information regarding apprenticeship and apprentice mobility.

If you have more questions and are unable to find your answers on Tradesecrets, contact an Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or make general inquiries here.