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Are you looking to begin your journey in the trades? SAIT offers four different pathways and technical training in more than 30 trades through apprenticeship training, pre-employment programs and full-time studies.

 

 

Pathways to trades

If you already have a job, the traditional pathway to becoming a journeyperson is the route you'll want to take.

Attend an  information session or  Open House to learn more about your trade options.

Traditional pathway to becoming a journeyperson

Get a job in the trade of your choice.
Sign up as an apprentice with AIT and your employer.
Get work experience by completing your first year of on-the-job training.
Register to attend SAIT.
Get technical training by completing your first year at SAIT.
Get work experience by completing your second year of on-the-job training.
Get technical training by completing your second year at SAIT.

Journeyperson training

After following the pathway steps above, proceed with the remaining years of hours and technical training to obtain journeyperson status.

Red Seal Certification

Depending on the trade, you can take your Red Seal Certification.

Pathways to trades

If you want a job, there are three options to becoming a journeyperson — pre-employment, technician and diploma.

Attend an  information session or  Open House to learn more about your trade options.

Pre-employment pathway to becoming a journeyperson

Apply to SAIT to the pre-employment program of your choice through ApplyAlberta.
Get technical training by completing your first year at SAIT.
Graduate with a certificate.
Get a job in the trade.
Sign up as an apprentice with AIT and your employer.
Get work experience by completing your first and second years of on-the-job training.
Get technical training by completing your second year at SAIT.

Journeyperson training

After following the pathway steps above, proceed with the remaining years of hours and technical training to obtain journeyperson status.

Red Seal Certification

Depending on the trade, you can take your Red Seal Certification.

Technician pathway to becoming a journeyperson

Apply to SAIT to the technician program of your choice through ApplyAlberta.
Get technical training by completing your first and second year at SAIT.
Graduate with a certificate.
Get a job in the trade.
Sign up as an apprentice with AIT and your employer.
Get work experience by completing your first, second year and third years of on-the-job training.
Get technical training by completing your third year at SAIT.

Journeyperson training

After following the pathway steps above, proceed with the remaining years of hours and technical training to obtain journeyperson status.

Red Seal Certification

Depending on the trade, you can take your Red Seal Certification.

Diploma pathway to becoming a journeyperson

Apply to SAIT to the diploma program of your choice through ApplyAlberta.
Get technical training by completing all three or four years — depending on the program — of technical training at SAIT.
Graduate with a diploma.
Get a job in the trade.
Sign up as an apprentice with AIT and your employer.
Get work experience by completing all three or four years of on-the-job training.

Journeyperson training

After following the pathway steps above, obtain your journeyperson status.

Red Seal Certification

Depending on the trade, you can take your Red Seal Certification

Certifications

Red Seal Certification

The Red Seal Certificate is known as the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. It recognizes journeypersons as trained to Canada-wide standards. A provincially certified journeyperson can receive an official Red Seal endorsement that signifies their knowledge and abilities to meet the national industry standards.

To achieve a Red Seal endorsement, apprentices must complete their apprenticeship and be awarded journeyperson status. This means completion of all working hours of on-the-job training, technical training and passing marks on all Trade Qualification Exams.

Achieving a Red Seal endorsement will allow journeypersons to work across Canada with no additional training, which allows for career mobility. Having a Red Seal endorsement is often the top credential a tradesperson can possess in the industry.

Blue Seal Certification

Blue Seal Certificate or achievement in the Business Competencies Program is a credential offered by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) to individuals with a valid Alberta journeyperson (journeyman) certificate, Alberta Occupational Certificate, or another valid trade certificate recognized in Alberta.

Why earn a Blue Seal?

Holding a Blue Seal demonstrates that a journeyperson has successfully achieved a reasonable level of business education — 150 hours — and knowledge of various business subject areas such as entrepreneurship, accounting, human resources, management skills and more.

The advantage of earning your Blue Seal is that you will develop valuable business and management knowledge to supervise a team, manage finances or even start your own business.

How to earn your Blue Seal at SAIT

At SAIT, we offer a convenient and flexible pathway to earning your Blue Seal certificate through courses and workshops offered by the School of Business and School of Construction.

With dozens of business-related courses as well as pre-approved programs to choose from, you can obtain your Blue Seal through part-time studies, online studies or a combination of both.

Once you have completed your program or courses at SAIT and have reached the 150-hour work requirement, you must fill out the Blue Seal application form online through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) and submit your official SAIT transcripts along with the application fee to any Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

Pre-approved programs

We offer pre-approved programs providing full or partial credit towards your Blue Seal.

Program Credit
Applied Management Certificate of Achievement 144 - 149 hours
Applied Project Management Certificate of Achievement 144 - 149 hours
Construction Estimating Certificate of Achievement 144 - 149 hours
Construction Management Certificate of Achievement
  • Commercial major
456 hours
  • Residential major
475 hour
Construction Planning Certificate of Achievement 176 hours
Construction Trades Business Startup 30 hours
Employment Law Certificate of Completion 40 hours
Lean Management Certificate of Completion 144 - 149 hours
Operational Excellence Certificate of Achievement 191 - 233 hours
Program Management Certificate of Completion 70 - 112 hours
Sales for Technical Professionals Certificate of Completion 77 - 105 hours
Train the Trainer Certificate of Completion 63 - 70 hours

Individual courses

Individual credit and non-credit courses which have already been completed or plan to be completed may also be approved. These courses must fall under the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training  approved subject areas.

SAIT cannot provide advice on the eligibility of individual courses. Please contact Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to discuss how your courses of interest may count towards your Blue Seal Certificate.

Gold Seal Certification

The Gold Seal Certificate is a standardized program supporting the development of skilled Canadian Construction and Heavy Civil management professionals across Canada, upholding expectations and standards of excellence. All Gold seal certified management professionals have been assessed and meet the Gold Seal standard requirements of industry knowledge, experience, education and training. 

Why earn your Gold Seal?

The Gold Seal Certification program certifies Canadian construction management professionals — estimators, superintendents, project managers, owner's construction managers and safety coordinators — involved in general, electrical or mechanical contracting, roadbuilding and heavy construction or specialty trades. Applicants require a combination of industry experience, education and training to take the Gold Seal exam, and if successful become Gold Seal Certified (GSC).

In 2015, the Gold Seal Certification passed the 10,000 certificate holder mark. Many GSC's want to stay current and register as Professional Gold Seal Certified (PGSC) which is a biennial designation requiring the certificate holder to gain a certain number of credits in five activity categories.

How to earn your Gold Seal at SAIT

If you have less than five years of experience in your designation, you must first register as a Gold Seal Intern (GSI) or Gold Seal Intern (Safety). You'll have up to five years to meet the Gold Seal Certification requirements and to take the Gold Seal exam to become Gold Seal Certified (GSC).

If you have over five years of experience in your designation, you may apply for Gold Seal Certification (GSC) or Gold Seal Certification (Safety). If your application meets the requirements, you can take the Gold Seal exam to become Gold Seal Certified.

If you already have your Gold Seal Certification and want to stay current, you can apply for Professional Gold Seal Certified (PGSC). Every two years, you will need to demonstrate that you are still working in the designation in which you were certified and that you have done professional upgrading activities. 

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