Legislation

On July 20, 2022, the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act came into force. This legislative framework governs the delivery of apprenticeship education and industry training and the regulation of designated trades in Alberta.

Below are links to the act and its regulations. 

Act

Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act

  • This act: 
    • provides the Minister with the authority to establish apprenticeship education programs, industry training programs, and designated trades,
    • provides AIT (through the Registrar) with the authority to administer apprenticeship education programs and industry training programs, including issuing credentials, 
    • establishes the Alberta Board of Skilled Trades,
    • provides AIT (through the Administrator) with the authority to administer the designated trades, including issuing and tracking journeyperson certificates
    • prescribes offences and penalties under the act,
    • provides for transitional matters between the former Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act.
  • Learn more about the act here. 

Regulations

Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education General Regulation (made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council)

  • This regulation:
    • outlines matters the Minister must consider before creating new apprenticeship programs or industry training programs
    • outlines matters the Minister must consider before designating new trades or prescribing restricted activities and who may perform them,
    • prescribes the remuneration for member of the Alberta Board of Skilled Trades, and
    • provides additional details regarding:
      • offences and penalties under the act
      • transitional matters between the former Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act.

Apprenticeship Education and Industry Training Programs Regulation (made by the Minister of Advanced Education) 

  • This regulation:
    • outlines AIT’s role (as the Registrar) in delivering apprenticeship education programs and issuing educational credentials,
    • enables AIT to set eligibility criteria an individual must meet to register as an apprentice
    • outlines the requirements that an apprentice and sponsor must meet to enter into an apprenticeship education agreement
    • outlines the obligations of sponsors and mentors of registered apprentices,
    • outlines the obligations of apprentices and trainees,
    • prescribes the wage rates and apprentice-to-mentor ratios employers must follow when employing apprentices, and
    • outlines how to request a reconsideration or review of a decision made by AIT.

Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation (made by the Minister of Advanced Education)

  • This regulation:
    • identifies all designated trades (Schedule 1)
    • identifies any restricted activities within designated trades and who may perform them (Schedule 2),
    • provides governance details for the new Alberta Board of Skilled Trades
    • allows AIT (as the Administrator) to issue journeyperson certificates to individuals who meet the board's standards for certification,
    • enables AIT to issue Red Seals to individuals who meet the board’s standards for the Red Seal Endorsement,
    • outlines how the Administrator may authorize an individual or class or individuals to perform restricted activities,
    • outlines how and when the Administrator may suspend or revoke an individual’s trade certificates and, if applicable, endorsement, and
    • outlines how to request a reconsideration or review of a decision made by the Registrar.

Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order (made by the Alberta Board of Skilled Trades)

  • This board order outlines for each trade:
    • all types of work that the board considers to fall within the designated trade, and
    • the requirements set by board for journeyperson certification in the trade.