Apprenticeship Training

Apprenticeship Training – a minimum of 1300 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year is required
  • You could possibly qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship if one completes courses or work experience related to the Painter and Decorator Trade
  • A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may complete Prior Learning Assessment Online Application
  • A high school student can become an apprentice and gain credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time under the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

** Note: You can challenge the exam for the Journeyman Certification.

Support for Apprentices

Scholarships: The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Board provides more than 900 scholarships to apprentices and occupational trainees every year.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)/Career & Technology Studies (CTS) Scholarships:  These scholarships recognize the accomplishments of Alberta high school students participating in RAP and CTS, and encourage them to continue their apprenticeship training after completing high school.  500 RAP/CTS Scholarships of $1,000 each are available annually.

Pre-Apprentice Scholarship:  Pre-Apprentice Scholarships encourage those completing pre-apprenticeship training programs to continue in the trades and complete their apprenticeship training.  There are 11 annual scholarships of $1,000 each.

Apprentice and Occupational Trainee Scholarships: These scholarships recognize the excellence of Alberta apprentices in a trade and trainees in a designated occupation, and encourage recipients to complete their apprenticeship or occupational training programs.  More than 370 annual scholarships of $1,000 each are available.

World Skills Legacy Scholarship:  As a legacy to Worldskills Calgary 2009, the Government of Alberta developed these scholarships to help Alberta students and apprentices participating in provincial, national and international skills competitions to further their post-secondary education and support their skills training.  Three scholarships are awarded: two valued at $500 and one valued at $9,000 over a period of two years.