Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job and technical training, which leads to certification as a qualified journeyman. For example, several years' work accompanied by periods of training at institutions such as NAIT can qualify you to hold a "ticket" in trades like Beautician, Cook, Millwright, Plumber and more - there are over 50 different trades!
Apprenticeship trades provide some of the best opportunities for employment after completion of the training.
How Do I Get In?
- You must be at least 16 years old.
- You must have a basic minimum education.
- You must have a job with an employer who is prepared to enter an apprenticeship agreement with you and the Apprenticeship Board.
How Do the Work and Training Fit Together?
Normally, you work for about four years under the guidance of a qualified journeyman. When you and your employer agree on a suitable time, you attend the training center for 4 to 12 weeks. You then write the “first year exams”, and if you pass, you are classified as a “second year apprentice”. This rotation of work and study continues until completion of your third or fourth year study period (depending on the trade). You are then certified as a qualified journeyman!
The normal length of an apprenticeship is four years. However, students who successfully complete vocational programs and/or enter the Registered Apprenticeship Program can sometimes shorten this to only three years after they leave high school.
For further information, ask a Work Experience Coordinator or Counsellor for an Apprenticeship brochure. This is a new program and is not being offered in all Alberta schools.
For information about the skilled trades, contact your nearest Career Development Centre or call the Career Information Hotline 780-442-4266 in Edmonton or at 1-800-661-3753.