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Becoming an Apprentice

The time it takes to complete an apprenticeship program depends on the trade with the longest program taking about four years. This includes classroom instruction and working a specified number of hours on the job. There are several pathways you can take to get to a trade.

It starts by finding an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice and then registering through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, making sure you know which trade and period you are eligible to enrol in. Some trades require a minimum level of education and a school transcript or an entrance exam will be required to apply.

Once you have successfully completed formal instruction and have the required hours of on-the-job training, you will need to pass an exam to move on to the next phase of the apprenticeship program.

Throughout the program, apprentices are paid the journeyman wage rate set by the company you work for. Once you complete each step of the apprenticeship program, your wages will be increased to the next level for that trade.

At the end of your program, you can write an Alberta Journeyperson Certificate exam to become a certified Journeyperson. Once you complete your final period of apprenticeship and at least one other apprenticeship period at SAIT, we invite you to join your fellow graduates at the SAIT convocation ceremonies.

The foundation of skills and knowledge, combined with work as an apprentice in the industry you're passionate about can lead to a rewarding career. Take the first steps to becoming a qualified journeyperson through the first-class programs at SAIT.