What’s an Occupation?

An occupation is more than just a job; it’s a career that can require many different types of training or certification. In Alberta, occupations can be designated or regulated, so make sure you know the type of certification or training you need to be successful in your career.


Designated occupations

Designated occupations are part of Alberta’s apprenticeship and industry training system. Designated occupations: 

  • have training and certification requirements designed by industry
  • have certificates issued by the provincial government
  • recognize skills and competencies learned through any of the following:
    • work experience
    • formal training provided by industry
    • a combination of work experience and training

 You can work in a designated occupation without a acquiring a certificate.

List of Designated Occupations


Cathodic Protection Technician - Level One
Cathodic Protection Technician - Level Two
Construction Craft Worker


Field Heat Treatment Technician


Gas Utility Operator


Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor


Oil and Gas Transportation Services (All Levels)
Overhead Door Technician - Level One
Overhead Door Technician - Level Two


Residential Construction Site Manager


Slickline Services (All Levels)
Snubbing Services (All Levels)
Steel Detailer (All Levels)


Well Testing Services Supervisor (All Levels)

Regulated Occupations

Regulated occupations (or licensed professions) are controlled by law to protect the public. Any certificates or licences for these occupations are issued by industry, not government. The ability to work in a regulated occupation is also determined by that occupation’s industry.

Most healthcare professions are regulated occupations, as well as several non-healthcare professions.