This program is for individuals interested in becoming a trades apprentice who are unable to meet the minimum Alberta or High School program entry requirements required by the trade school of their interest. Examples include 1) the learner is unable to provide proof of a high school transcript 2) the learner’s transcript marks are below the program’s entry requirements 3) the individual received a mark below 70% on a previous attempt of the trade entrance exam (TEE) or 4) the individual is required to successfully complete an entrance exam in their chosen trade to become an apprentice.
Salary ranges depend on the individual trade and whether the individual is an apprentice, journeyperson or red seal. For more information, please visit https://alis.alberta.ca/occinfo/wages-and-salaries-in-alberta/
Example Job Titles Include: A complete list of designated trade profiles in Alberta can be found:
This 8-month program prepares learners to write the trades entrance exam (TEE) administered by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office. Focus will be placed on improving study and exam writing skills as well as developing areas of English/reading comprehension, mathematics, and science found on the TEE exam. Embedded within the curriculum are job search strategies, professional behaviours (also referred to as Skills for Success) which will help learners improve their success in the workforce.
Classes are interactive and involve learners in group discussions, research, role plays, and practice exams. Active participation in class is expected.
This program is funded by Government of Alberta, Foundational Learning Assistance. Students may be eligible to receive financial and childcare assistance to attend full-time studies. Please contact Columbia College at 403-235-9300 for further details.
The Trades Entrance Exam program follows a mastery learning model. These sessions will be delivered on an as needed basis. Students whose weekly test results fall below the Mastery Learning level must attend tutorial classes Friday afternoon. Concentration will be focused on areas that the student does not understand. These tutorials sessions provide learners who are having trouble with additional staff support. Focus will be placed on assisting the learner in mastering the competencies and skills required to pass the trade entrance exam (TEE).
Please note that individuals who pass a trade entrance exam with a mark of 70% or higher are eligible to attend a technical training program.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Certificate of Program Completion titled Trades, Transportation and Warehouse. All graduates will be invited to attend Columbia College’s Convocation ceremony.
Over the next several years, the government predicts that trades careers will be in high demand, meaning that the number of qualified workers is lower than the number of predicted job openings. Choosing a high demand career can help ensure future job opportunities and stability.
For more information on high demand occupations in Alberta, please visit https://alis.alberta.ca/occinfo/occupations-in-alberta/occupations-in-demand/
- 80% of apprenticeship training is done on-the-job and 20% through an approved technical training provider.
- Students “earn while they learn.” This means receive an income while studying for your career
- There are more than 50 designated trades and occupations in Alberta.
For more information on the trades and occupations available in Alberta, please visit: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/trades-occupations/trades-occupations-list/
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- Duration 50 hours
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- Language English
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