Trade Harmonization

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) is responsible for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program and has undertaken a Harmonization Initiative aimed to substantively align apprenticeship programs across Canada. Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training is an active participant in this important Initiative and program changes are at various stages of implementation. 

The CCDA's four harmonization priorities are:

  • use of the Red Seal trade name,
  • consistent number of training levels/periods,
  • consistent total trade hours (standard of 1800 hours per level), and
  • more substantively-aligned technical training in apprenticeship programs.

Strong industry and stakeholder engagement resulted in significant progress in harmonizing trades. Harmonization recommendations are being implemented in most jurisdictions.

The National Harmonization Initiative includes discussions and consultations with industry stakeholders connected to their respective trades. For each Red Seal trade, industry is engaged at the national and provincial/territorial levels to consult on recommendations for harmonization. Consultation takes the form of meetings, webinars, correspondence and website updates.