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.

  • Approximately 80 per cent of an apprentice’s training is done “on the job”. Training is provided by the employer, with the apprentice learning from a certified journeyperson or qualified individual and is measured in hours and months.
  • Approximately 20 per cent of an apprentice’s training is completed through an approved technical training provider - usually a college or post-secondary institution.
  • To progress, apprentices are required to successfully complete the technical training period and the industry examination(s), in addition to completing the hours and months of on-the-job training required for each period of the apprenticeship program. Please note that the requirement to pass the industry examination has been suspended for all apprentices attending technical training sessions throughout the 2021/2022 school year.
  • An apprenticeship program lasts 1-4 years depending on the trade.
  • An Alberta Journeyman Certificate is awarded when an apprentice satisfies all of the requirements of the program.

Eligibility Requirements for an Apprenticeship Program

To enter an apprenticeship training contract in a trade:

  • you must be:
    • a Canadian citizen, or
    • a permanent resident of Canada, or
    • a Convention Refugee or protected person (documented by the Government of Canada), or
    • a refugee claimant in possession of a work permit, or
    • an individual in possession of a Post-Graduation Work Permit, who is eligible to receive credit for all required periods of technical training.
  • you must find an employer who is willing and able to hire an apprentice and provide on-the-job training in Alberta, and
  • your apprenticeship contract must be registered with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

For additional information, consult the Apprentice Eligibility Policy.