Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board

Between 1991 and 2022, the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board played a leadership role in developing Alberta’s highly skilled and trained workforce. The AIT Board advised the Minister of Advanced Education about the needs of the Alberta labour market for skilled and trained persons, and training and certification in trades and occupations.

The AIT Board’s work was guided by the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act, which was repealed by the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act (STAE Act) in July 2022. The AIT Board was decommissioned. Learn about the current Alberta Board of Skilled Trades, which was established by the STAE Act here

The AIT Board was also responsible for:

  • making recommendations to the Minister about the designation of trades and occupations,
  • establishing or recognizing trade and occupation-specific committees and appointing members,
  • promoting careers in trades and occupations and their training and certification,
  • developing policies about the recognition of training, and
  • recommending standards and requirements for training and certification in designated trades and for certification in designated occupations; and the criteria or requirements for granting and recognizing certificates under the Act.

The AIT Board also authoured regulations regarding:

  • the description of a designated trade or occupation,
  • the standards and requirements of apprenticeship programs and the training of apprentices,
  • the resolution of disagreements between employers and their employees arising out of matters under the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act, and
  • exceptions from, and optional undertakings in, compulsory certification trades.

 The AIT Board Chair represented Alberta’s apprenticeship and industry training system as a member of the Interprovincial Alliance of Board Chairs (IPA). The IPA is a member of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA).

AIT Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes for AIT Board meetings, held after September 1, 2019, are here.

If you are requesting AIT Board meeting minutes that are not available here, please contact Apprenticeship and Industry Training with the meeting date(s). 

 Additional resources are also available:

AIT Board's 5 Principles

Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board is guided by five principles:

  1. Accessible - Individuals wishing to pursue a career in the designated trades and occupations have access to apprenticeship and industry training.
  2. Funded by All - Apprentices, trainees, employers, and government contribute to the financial cost of training.
  3. Industry-driven - Industry is responsible for setting the standards for training and certification, and for providing on-the-job training and work experience for apprentices and trainees.
  4. Collaborative - All stakeholders (the Board, industry [employers and employees]), the Government of Alberta, junior and senior high schools and technical training providers) work collaboratively to help individuals train and acquire the skills needed to work successfully in the designated trades and occupations.
  5. Integrated – An apprenticeship is a valuable post-secondary education and is part of lifelong learning.