Alternate Pathways to Certification

What are my options if my technical training program is temporarily unavailable?

If technical training for an apprenticeship program is temporarily unavailable, apprentices have options to advance in their programs and receive their trade certification. 

1) Challenge Examination (Journeyperson Certificate)

Apprentices may be able to challenge a period examination through the prior learning assessment process to earn certification in their trade.

Challenge Examination – through a Prior Learning Assessment

2) Trades Qualifier Program -- Work Experience (Qualification Certificate)

If an apprentice has enough work experience in the trade (months and hours), they may be eligible to apply for the Trades Qualifier – Based on Work Experience program.

3) Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility Protocol (Journeyperson Certificate)

If the trade is designated in Alberta and the other province/territory, and if approved, apprentices may be able to attend technical training in another province/territory.

Under the Apprentice Mobility Protocol and Agreement, provinces and territories recognize apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training completed in the same trade in other provinces and territories. It helps to formalize existing Alberta practices that enable apprentices to pursue jobs anywhere in Canada without interruption to their apprenticeship training programs.

Apprentices who wish to move to another province or territory to attend technical training can apply for:

  • Temporary Apprentice Transfer.
    • Apprentices may move temporarily to work, or to take technical training.
  • Permanent Apprentice Transfer.
    • Apprentices may receive recognition for their training (classroom and work) and exams successfully completed in the same or equivalent trade without the need to repeat training.

Please refer to Apprentice Mobility for more information.

 Why is my technical training being suspended or consolidated to one institution?

No two apprenticeship programs are the same, as each one depends on industry demand. Since the start of the economic downturn, apprentices have been hit hard by layoffs and weakening job prospects. With fewer job opportunities, enrollment in technical training has declined in many apprenticeship programs across the province, with several programs operating below sustainable levels

When demand is consistently low, the technical training component of an apprenticeship program may be consolidated to a single post-secondary institution or suspended across the entire province. Apprenticeship and Industry Training constantly monitors demand for technical training programs at post-secondary institutions and, if possible, adjusts seat allocations to match industry demand.

How long is my technical training going to be suspended for?

All technical training suspensions are considered temporary and will continue to be monitored by Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Technical training could be re-instated if demand returns to a sustainable level. If so, apprentices will be notified.

Is financial assistance available if I have to move to attend technical training?

Many apprentices throughout Alberta often have to move to a short-term residence to attend technical training. There are several financial options available to apprentices to help offset the cost of living away from home, such as employment insurance, grants, scholarships and loans (provincial and federal). More information about financial assistance is available here.

Where can I find additional resources to help me prepare to challenge my exams?

The course outline and exam counseling sheets for each apprenticeship program are available through the Trades & Occupations List on the Tradesecrets website.


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