Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Alberta Apprenticeship System and it's designated Trades/Occupations:

What trades and occupations are designated in AB?

Alberta proudly hosts a wide variety of designated trades and occupations.

How do I start an apprenticeship?

Every successful apprenticeship program starts with the apprentice choosing a trade and locating that first critical employer.  Please see our site's detailed Learning on the Job section for information on how to get started as an apprentice.

How do I transfer an apprenticeship from another province?

If your trade is also designated in Alberta, you need to locate an Alberta employer who is willing to hire and train you.

You and your employer then complete the online application & contract.  For more information, see Continue with your apprenticehip program from another Canadian province/territory.

Where can I find information on possible funding sources?

Please refer to our site's financial assistance section for information on provincial grants, provincial scholarships and awards, Employment Insurance, federal grants and more…

Is my expired or non-expired trade certificate recognized in Alberta?

Alberta Apprenticeship recognizes trade certificates from other provinces or territories, the Department of National Defense and credential-issuing authorities outside of Canada.  Click here for more information, or here to check if you trade credential is recognized in Alberta. 

Will AIT apply credit from my first trade to my second?

In some cases, advanced standing is available due to previous certification, but each situation is determined upon its own merits.

Contact your nearest AIT office for more information.

Where can I find the ratio of journeypeople to apprentices for my trade?

Journeypeople to apprentice ratios can be found in each trade regulation under “Apprentice wages”.

How can I order a replacement AIT document?

Visit MyTradesecrets to complete the on-line Certificate/Document Replacement Application.

Job Search/Employee Search

Alberta Apprenticeship does not offer a job recruiting service to apprentices, journeypeople, employers or the general public.

Where/how do I book a trade entrance exam?

All exam arrangements are made by AIT offices throughout the Province. Please contact your nearest AIT office.

What is the cost of training?

Current technical training fees and material costs appear in the Technical Training Centre.

Can I work in Alberta as an apprentice from another province/territory?

Yes, as a registered apprentice in a Canadian province or territory, in a trade that is designated in Alberta, you can work in Alberta as an apprentice in that trade.  You are not required to notify Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training but you will have work under the same conditions and subject to the same supervision as an Alberta apprentice in that trade.  You should contact your provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority to ensure that on-the-job training/work exprience gained in Alberta will be recorgnized towards your apprenticeship program.

Trouble with MyTradesecrets?

Call the AIT office where you are registered or visit MTS technical support.

Looking for apprenticeship promotional materials?

There are 12 AIT offices throughout the Province. Please contact the nearest AIT office with your request.


Still have questions about Alberta's Apprenticeship System?  Please contact one of our AIT Offices. We welcome your questions and comments.