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Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

Outdoor power equipment technicians repair, service and maintain small gasoline and diesel powered equipment. In Alberta, this trade is divided into two branches: power equipment technician and recreational equipment technician. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's TradeSecrets website.

Contact

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

Legislation

Under Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Trade Regulation, you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship for both branches of this trade is three years (three 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,000 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training in the first year, and 1,000 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training in the second and third year. Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Outdoor power equipment technicians trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

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