Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP)

Students can start their apprenticeship during high school.

PREREQUISITE - HCS3000 (Workplace Safety Systems)

How to apply

  • Registered Apprenticeship Program
  • Designed for high school students 15 years of age or older who are both full-time students and demonstrate readiness and an interest in the trades.
  • RAP students earn their apprenticeship designation and their high school diploma concurrently. Students take courses such as English language arts, social studies, science, mathematics and other complementary CTS courses to meet the requirements for either an Alberta High School Diploma or a Certificate of High School Achievement.
  • The amount of time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site can be flexible. The student, school and employer jointly agree to a suitable schedule.
  • A student who is uncertain about entering RAP should consider enrolling in Work Experience to explore one or more of the trades.
  • The student is responsible for finding an employer who is willing to accept him or her as an apprentice, but the Off-Campus Coordinator may offer some assistance. Students can also apply for a placement through Careers Next Generation (Contact - Careers The Next Generation (careersnextgen.ca))
  • An up-to-date list of Alberta’s designated trades can be found here.
  • As a worker, the RAP apprentice is expected to take on the same responsibilities as a regular apprentice and be just as productive. The RAP apprentice is punctual, displays a positive attitude, completes tasks as assigned and observes all safety regulations and other rules of the employer.
  • After meeting with the Off Campus Coordinator and completing the Initial Forms Package, the student will apply to the Apprenticeship and Industry Training office. They administer the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act that governs apprenticeship in Alberta. Under this legislation and its regulations:  students are considered to be regular apprentices, students must be employed by a qualified employer and supervised by a qualified journeyperson, students must be paid at least minimum wage. Apprenticeship and Industry Training staff will monitor and evaluate work placements and monitor RAP students.
  • There are 8 RAP courses and each course involves 125 hours of on-the-job learning worth 5 credits. (1 credit = 25 hours)
  • A RAP student can earn up to 1000 hours of time credits towards an apprenticeship.
  • Apprenticeship and Industry Training Website
  • Alberta Ed Program
  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training - Academic Entrance Requirements for Trades

For more information, please contact:

Ginny Bergsma,  Off Campus Teacher (email)

Picture Butte High School, County Central High School, Noble Central School


Charlene Foster,  Off Campus Teacher (email)

Brant Christian School, Calgary Christian High School, Calgary Islamic School, Heritage Christian Academy, Master's College, National Sports School


Brian Kim,  Off Campus Teacher (email)

Carmangay, Coalhurst High School, Huntsville School, John Davidson School, Kate Andrews High School, PBB Coaldale