Who Can Learn a Trade?

You can earn while you learn if you meet the eligibility requirements for your Alberta designated trade of choice and you are:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and employed by an employer eligible to participate in the apprenticeship program.

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you require a work permit and a study permit, valid for the entire length of the apprenticeship program. Alberta apprenticeship programs consists of on-the-job training and technical training, requiring apprentices to eligible to work and study full-time for up to four years. For questions related to eligibility, contact 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.

Entrance requirements

  • Apprentices must meet the minimum Alberta or equivalent High School requirements for their trade.
  • If you do not meet the requirements or do not have the equivalent education, you can take an entrance exam for your trade of choice.
  • You can still register as an apprentice in your trade if you do not meet the requirements, but you will be expected to meet them during your first year of apprenticeship.
  • NEW - If you are the holder of an existing trade certificate, it can serve as your entrance requirement equivalency to apprentice in an additional trade. By obtaining an additional trade certificate, journeypeople expand their skills and help diversify Alberta's economy.
    • There continue to be different entrance requirements for each trade for new apprentices not already holding a trade certificate. 

Get a jump on apprenticeship while you’re in high school

  • The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a way for registered high school students to become apprentices and earn credit toward their high school diploma at the same time.
  • Career and Technology Studies in high school can result in an advanced standing in an apprenticeship program.
  • There are annual awards of $1,000 for high school students to continue their apprenticeship technical training programs. See Scholarships and Awards for details.

Eligibility and Educational Requirements

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Financial Assistance

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