Apprenticeship: How to Start

If you are already a Registered Apprentice with Apprenticeship and Industry Training, click here for your next step.

Who can enter an apprenticeship program?

You can enter apprenticeship during high school or any time after.

To be an apprentice you need to:

  • Meet Apprenticeship and Industry Training’s Entrance Requirement for your trade. 
  • you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and be eligible to enter an apprenticeship program in Alberta.
  • you must find an employer who is willing and able to hire you as an apprentice and provide the required on-the-job training, 
More information about Trades programs in Alberta

Need help getting started?

A good way to get started on an Apprenticeship is to take part in the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) while you're still in high school, earning an income and credit toward your apprenticeship and your high school diploma.

Enter a Pre-Employment program at RDC in select trades

Our Career Centre has a list of resources to help with career development and job searches.  Apprenticeship and Industry Training has a great list of online resources, tips and help for job searches.


Alberta Advanced Education & Technology - Apprenticeship and Industry Training | 1.800.248.4823

Red Deer College - School of Trades and Technologies Advising and Recruiting Specialist
tradesandtechnologies [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca | 403.342.3585 ext. 6

Meet with the School of Trades and Technologies Advising and Recruiting Specialist

Apprenticeship Schedules and Registration Dates

For information on Apprenticeship Schedule and Registration Dates for the upcoming Academic year, please visit the Technical Training Centre