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Apprenticeship training has certainly been an under appreciated sector by Career Counselor's in the past...but no more!  Alberta's industries are hungry for technical skill sets that only come with apprenticeship training.  For students who are superior "hands on" learners, an apprenticeship is an excellent choice! As well, salaries in trades continue to rise while they stagnate in other areas...

An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program that combines work experience, on-the-job and technical training.  Once you choose a trade you must find a Journeyman willing to sponsor you as an apprentice. Your training period can last between one and four years, depending on the trade chosen.   80% of an apprentice’s education takes place on the job and the remaining 20% is done at an approved college or technical institution.  Apprentices are required to write an industry exam at the end of each period of training.  When the student has met all the requirements of the program, a journeyman certificate is granted.

This is a link to a step by step tip sheet to become an apprentice.

This is a link that will take you to a list of all recognized trades in Alberta...the number of trades that you can choose from is quite stunning!

In order to enter into an apprenticeship you must be employed by a company with a journeyman willing to mentor you.  This requires some job hunting on your part.  You can begin this process in high school by enrolling in the Registered Apprenticeship Program. For more information, click on:   or talk to your school administrator about how you can get involved.

Each trade will have a list of the minimum high school courses that must be completed before you are eligible for their program.  If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may write an entrance exam through the apprenticeship board.  If you are interested in writing this exam, click on the following link and spend some time reviewing the study guide supplied by the Apprenticeship Board.

   "Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come."

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