Registered Apprenticeship Program- RAP

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The Registered Apprenticeship Program (called "RAP") is a modified apprenticeship program that permits a high school student to become an apprentice while still attending high school. A RAP apprentice accumulates hours of on-the-job training as credit toward his or her apprenticeship, and earns credits toward a high school diploma.


Why RAP ?

  • Allows you to start your Post-Secondary training early while still in High School in a well-respected Career
  • Because you like to Work with your hands.
  • Because you like the feeling of Creating and Seeing the finished Product.
  • Because Skilled Trades people are in short supply and the future in that area looks very promising..
  • RAP gives employers an opportunity to find quality young employees, and to participate in their education
  • RAP offers an enriched high school education and provides an opportunity to learn the skills industry needs
  • A RAP apprentice gets a realistic look at the work world and learns employability skills
  • Because RAP allows a student to earn a good wage plus as many as 40 High School credits including four 30-level, 5-credit Courses towards your High School Diploma.

Who can employ a RAP Apprentice?

  • Anyone who is eligible to employ an apprentice can employ a RAP apprentice.

How is a RAP Apprentice different from a regular apprentice?

  • A RAP apprentice is a student still attending High School.
  • A RAP apprentice must be paid at least minimum wage. Rules of scale to Journeyman only apply after they have graduated from High School.
  • The normal apprenticeship's formal or technical training is delayed until the RAP student completes high school.
  • Alberta Education is responsible for Worker's Compensation coverage for RAP apprentices while they are still high school students.


Employer Benefits:


  • Builds a community based work force

  • WCB - covered by Alberta Education

  • Guidance by workplace mentor

  • Participate in the development of your future work force

  • Integrates trade training in high school education process

  • Develops employability skills, feedback and performance review

  • Participates in education process

  • Assists with shortage in trades

  • Minimizes cost of training

How much time does a RAP apprentice spend on the job?


The employer, the student/parent, and the school determine the hours of work.

  • Grade 10: Many students begin in the summer following Grade 10 with a 125 hour pre-RAP internship prior to registering with Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

  • Students able to find a position during their grade 10 year can work after school, weekends, holidays and They often work full time during the Grade 10 summer.

  • In Grade 11, students may continue as a RAP apprentice working after school, weekends, and holidays, and returning full time during the summer following Grade 11. It is sometimes possible to build timetables for Grade 11 students to work half-time during one or even both semesters.

  • In Grade 12, students may continue as a RAP apprentice working after school, weekends, and holidays. Many apprentices are able to arrange their timetables to accommodate a half-days each semester, or possibly even the entire first semester at the workplace during the Grade 12 school year.

What are the entrance requirements?

  • Passing all classes and Good academic standing
  • Excellent attendance at school, good citizenship and attitude
  • 125 hours Work Experience (pre-RAP Internship, pay optional)
  • HCS3000 Personal Safety Module
  • HCS3010 Workplace Safety Module

If you have any questions about the RAP program please contact the Off-Campus Education Coordinator, Mike Canadine at CHHS at 403-527-6641 ext 8250 or email

The following are some general terms you may come across when you are researching Trades, Apprenticeships, and RAP.


  • A special set of over fifty skilled occupations, all of which involve a combination of on-the-job training (Apprenticeship) and coursework at technical institutes. Trades jobs are particularly high in demand in the Albertan economy and generally pay quite well. For a complete list of trades in Alberta Click the following link...
  • Tradesecrets Website.


  • Program which allows students to start earning apprenticeship hours, money, and credits while still in high school. To participate in the program, students must still complete their core courses, and are required to remain on track to graduate.


  • The process of becoming qualified as a tradesperson. Both you and your employer sign a contract. Your employer agrees to train you and you agree to work for your employer. The contract is taken to an Alberta Apprenticeship office, with a fee, and you receive a wallet Apprenticeship ID card and a "Blue Book" to document your hours. You keep track of your hours and training, and report these hours to the Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For certification, classroom training at technical institutes or colleges is also a part of this process. You must accumulate a specific number of hours in your "Blue Book" before you are eligible to take the next level of education required for certification.


  • A fully qualified tradesperson who has successfully completed his or her apprenticeship, including a specific number of work hours and classroom courses. It is generally journeymen who train apprentices in their trades.

Blue Book:

  • A very important log-book in which the apprentice keeps track of his or her hours in the trade, periodically showing the book to Apprenticeship and Industry training as proof of hours. A certain number of hours must be accumulated before the apprentice is able to take the next level of courses required for certification.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training:

  • The institution that keeps track of the training and certification of tradespeople in Alberta.

There are two methods of getting into the High School RAP Program.

1. Apply through the Off-Campus Education Coordinator.

  • traditionally,This was how the majority of RAP students got into the program. Obtain an application package from the Off-Campus Education office located in the 200 Hallway. You will complete the package and submit this to Mr. Canadine. If you qualify (marks, attendance, and citizenship are selection criteria) he and the Southern Alberta partners for Career Development will attempt to secure a potential RAP placement between you and an employer. You may be asked to complete some safety training on evenings or weekends while waiting your placement. An Interview will be arranged between you and the potential Employer. Mr. Canadine will help you prepare for this interview and may accompany you to it. If you are successful at the interview an internship of one hundred and twenty five hours (trial period) is the next step to becoming a registered apprentice. You will receive 5 Work Experience credits for this trial period, but your employer is not obliged to pay you during this time. At the end of this trial period, if your employer feels you will make a good tradesperson in your chosen area, you will be offered a RAP apprenticeship. At this point you will continue to work, for pay, for the remainder of the summer as well as at times you are available during the school year (during the school day or on evenings and weekends). During this period, you will also accumulate apprenticeship hours and high school credits.

2. Fast-Tracked - find your own employer

  • with the Downturn in the Alberta Economy. Most students are having better luck securing their own position thru contacts they or their family have made. to do this: Research and select a trade you are interested in apprenticing in. Find an employer who is qualified and willing to take you on as a RAP apprentice (friends and family are a good place to start). Once you think you have a willing employer contact Mr. Canadine who will help you with the remaining details of setting up the placement. In order for you to work as a RAP student, you, your employer, and a parent must sign an Off-Campus Education contract and Mr. Canadine must visit the site prior to your first day to approve it as a safe learning environment. As soon as the contract and site inspection are in place you are eligible to earn pay, high school credits, and apprenticeship hours whether you work during the school day, on evenings or weekends, during your summers or a combination of these times.

List of Trades


Agricultural Equipment Technician
Appliance Service Technician
Appliance Service Technician - Commercial Appliance Service Technician
Auto Body Technician
Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Prepper
Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Refinisher
Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Repairer
Automotive Service Technician




Cathodic Protection Technician - Level One
Cathodic Protection Technician - Level Two
Communication Technician
Concrete Finisher
Construction Craft Labourer
Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom Truck
Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Conventional Mobile Crane
Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Hydraulic Mobile Crane
Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane
Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Tower Crane
Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Wellhead Boom Truck


Electric Motor Systems Technician
Elevator Constructor


Field Heat Treatment Technician
Floorcovering Installer


Gas Utility Operator
Gasfitter (A)
Gasfitter (B)


Heavy Equipment Technician
Heavy Equipment Technician - Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
Heavy Equipment Technician - Transport Trailer Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Technician - Truck and Transport Mechanic


Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor
Instrument Technician
Ironworker - Metal Building Systems Erector
Ironworker - Reinforcing
Ironworker - Structural/Ornamental


Landscape Horticulturist
Lather - Interior Systems Mechanic


Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
Motorcycle Mechanic


Natural Gas Compression Technician


Oil and Gas Transportation Services (All Levels)
Outdoor Power Equipment Technician - Power Equipment
Outdoor Power Equipment Technician - Recreational Equipment
Overhead Door Technician - Level One
Overhead Door Technician - Level Two


Painter and Decorator
Parts Technician - Materials Technician
Parts Technician - Parts Technician
Power System Electrician
Powerline Technician


Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Residential Construction Site Manager
Rig Technician 1
Rig Technician 2
Rig Technician 3


Sheet Metal Worker
Slickline Services (All Levels)
Snubbing Services (All Levels)
Sprinkler Systems Installer
Steel Detailer - Level 1
Steel Detailer - Level 2
Steel Detailer - Level 3


Transport Refrigeration Technician


Water Well Driller - Earth Loop Technician
Water Well Driller - Water Well Driller
Welder - Wire Process Operator
Well Testing Services Supervisor (All Levels)

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