What’s a Trade?

Designated trades and occupations are careers that are regulated by the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act.


Designated trades have an apprenticeship program. When a trade is designated, it has either a compulsory or optional certification.

  • A worker in a compulsory certification trade is a registered apprentice or a certified journeyperson.
  • A worker in an optional certification trade can work for an employer who is satisfied that person has the skills and knowledge expected of a certified journeyperson, or be self-employed.
  • To work in and learn a compulsory or optional certification trade in Alberta, a person must be a registered apprentice.

Explore Alberta’s designated trades

Learn more about Alberta’s designated trades.