Alberta Provincial Apprenticeship Accreditation System

In Alberta, a formal Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Apprenticeship Accreditation Policy has been in place since October 1, 1996.

A Provincial Apprenticeship Committee (PAC) is authorized to recognize, within the policy guidelines prescribed in this policy document, a training program, course of training or program of study as equivalent to the formal instruction or on the job training of an apprenticeship program in its trade.

The purpose of recognizing training is to facilitate the granting of credit to a prospective apprentice for having successfully completed that training. This credit is used by staff of Alberta Advanced Education and Career Development to determine the level at which the prospective apprentice enters an apprenticeship program. Where credit is granted, credit is used to do any one or more of the following:

Regardless of how much credit a person receives, a person must spend a minimum of 12 months in an Alberta apprenticeship program in order to receive an Alberta Journeyman Certificate.

It is the policy of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board (Board) to encourage PAC's to recognize training programs, courses of training or programs of study as equivalent to apprenticeship training where:

It is the policy of the Board that a PAC:

General Standards

A PAC may recognize training provided anywhere in the world as being equivalent to training in the apprenticeship program in its trade. In recognizing training, the PAC must, to the extent practicable, adhere to the following standards:

  1. The instructors who deliver the training in a recognized program should, in the opinion of the PAC, be competent and qualified trades persons.
  2. The facilities and equipment used to deliver the training in a recognized program should, in the opinion of the PAC, be appropriate to fully deliver the trade-related curriculum.
  3. Recognized training should be reviewed a minimum of every three years, or more often if recommended by the industry, to ensure that it continues to remain current with the curriculum in the apprenticeship program.
  4. Only formal instruction should be recognized as equivalent to the formal instruction component of an apprenticeship program.
  5. Only on the job training should be recognized as equivalent to the on the job training component of an apprenticeship program.
  6. Notwithstanding paragraphs 4 and 5, laboratory work or any form of simulated on the job training that is an integral part of a training program may be recognized as equivalent to the on the job training component of an apprenticeship program where a PAC feels it is appropriate.
  7. Formal instruction which is equivalent to any part of the formal instruction of an apprenticeship program may be recognized. (This would enable the Executive Director to require an apprentice to complete a recognized course in an area where the person has a deficiency without requiring that person to attend the full formal instruction component of their apprenticeship.)
  8. When a course or program of training is determined by a PAC to be equivalent to apprenticeship training, the PAC must decide whether a person who successfully completes the recognized training will be required to complete any further examinations before credit is granted (e.g. period exam).

Program Specific Standards

In addition to the general standards outlined, A PAC should adhere to the following program specific standards when determining if training in these programs should be recognized:

  1. Trade related pre-employment programs should contain curriculum that is equivalent to the training content of at least the first period formal instruction component of the apprenticeship program in the applicable trade.
  2. Technology, technician or other related programs should contain curriculum that is equivalent to the training content of one or more periods of formal instruction in the apprenticeship program in the applicable trade.
  3. Career and Technology Studies and other trade related high school program modules selected for accreditation should contain curriculum that is equivalent to the training content of one or more periods of formal instruction in the apprenticeship program in the applicable trade.
  4. Policy for the recognition of training which is common to two or more trades.

It is the policy of the Board that:

Standards

Where the formal instruction or on the job training, or both, provided in an apprenticeship program in one trade is recognized as equivalent to the training provided in another trade, credit is to be granted only to a prospective apprentice:

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