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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.