Eligibility & Educational Requirements

You can "earn while you learn" when you meet the eligibility requirements of your chosen trade.

To be eligible to enter into a Contract of Apprenticeship 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* Apply Online!
  • 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 Contract of Apprenticeship must be registered with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you 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 Alberta apprentices 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.

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Required Education

Every trade has specific educational requirements for apprentices to meet, including Alberta High School entrance requirements.

If you cannot provide satisfactory documentation of having met these requirements, you may be accepted as an apprentice but must successfully complete the applicable entrance exam before being scheduled for technical training.