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
    • 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 Contract of Apprenticeship must be registered with Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

For additional information, consult the Apprentice Eligibility Policy


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.


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