To work in Alberta, a floorcovering installer must be ONE of the following:
- A registered apprentice
- An Alberta-certified journeyperson
- Someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate
- Someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train them. They must also meet ONE of the following:
- Have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 10-2, Math 10-3, or equivalent
- Have a pass mark in all 5 Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
- Pass an entrance exam
Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates.
The term of apprenticeship is 2 years (two 12-month periods) that include a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of technical training each year.
High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.
Apprentices are required to provide their own tools.
Floorcovering installer apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).
Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For more information, see the Apprenticeship Training Catalogue.
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