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.
  • An apprenticeship program lasts 1-4 years depending on the trade.
  • An Alberta Journeyman Certificate is awarded when an apprentice has satisfied 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 permanent resident of Canada and be eligible to enter an Alberta post-secondary program in Alberta**,
  • you must find an employer who is willing and able to hire you as an apprentice and provide the required on-the-job training, and
  • your apprenticeship contract must be registered with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will require a work permit and a study permit valid for the entire length of the apprenticeship program. Alberta apprenticeship programs consist of on-the-job training and technical training, requiring apprentices to be eligible to work and study full time for up to four years. For questions regarding eligibility, please call the AIT Information Line at 1-800-248-4823. 

** International students are not eligible to become an Alberta apprentice because both a work and study permit are required for the same time period, covering the entire length of the apprenticeship program. For more information on Canadian work and study permits, visit www.cic.gc.ca.