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Construction Craft Worker

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Construction craft workers perform a wide variety of tasks including moving materials and equipment, performing demolition, excavation and compaction activities.

They work at a wide variety of industrial plant sites, buildings, structures and premises including municipal sewer and water mains, roads, dams and bridges, tunnels, railways and pipelines.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another but, in general, construction craft workers:

  • handle and distribute construction materials (e.g. load and unload vehicles with supplies, equipment and construction materials; move tools, equipment and construction materials to and from work areas; remove rubble and other debris),
  • excavate, backfill and compact subgrade (e.g. move and level earth using shovels and rakes; operate tampers),
  • place, consolidate and protect cast-in-place concrete or masonry structures (e.g. shovel concrete and other materials into concrete mixers; mix, pour and spread concrete; use concrete vibrators),
  • install municipal sewer and water mains (e.g. dig trenches using shovels and other hand tools; align pipes and perform related activities),
  • assemble and dismantle scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades at construction sites,
  • drill and blast rock at construction sites,
  • demolish buildings,
  • sort, clean and pile salvaged materials from demolished buildings,
  • operate jackhammers and drills to break up concrete or pavement, and
  • provide support for other trades, as required.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on:

Work Experience

The requirements for a Construction Craft Worker are:

Recognized Training

The requirements for a Construction Craft Worker are:

  • A recognized credential similar to the Construction Craft Worker trade issued from another jurisdiction.
  • A successful theory exam.


  • A minimum of 12 months AND 2,000 hours of work experience.
  • Successful completion and verification of ONE of the below programs:
    • Construction Craft Laborer Program Certificate from Keyano College, 
    • Construction Craft Laborer Certificate of Completion from CLAC (Christian Labour Association of Canada) Career Development College Inc., OR
    • Courses from the Alberta Labourer's Training Trust Fund.
  • A successful theory exam.

Program Credit

Category Information

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Competency Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.


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