RAP Program

Registered Apprenticeship Program

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an apprenticeship program for high school students who learn the skills of a trade while earning high school credits.

For students

RAP means getting a head start in a career.  As early as grade 10, students can start learning their trade…gaining real work experience and getting paid!
In addition to a wage, RAP apprentices may earn credits toward their high school diploma and begin acquiring the hours of on-the-job training required to become a certified journey person.

Challenging, flexible, rewarding

RAP is a partnership between a student, their high school and their employer with real-world rewards and opportunities.


RAP opens the door for high school students to gain work experience, and develop skills and abilities in a career they are interested in pursuing after high school.  In return, RAP employers pay the apprentices’ wage, and provide on-the-job training in one of Alberta’s more than 50 trades.


The time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site is quite flexible.  The student, school and employer jointly agree to a suitable schedule.  The student might work as a RAP apprentice for a semester, half a day, or one or two days a week.  Summers, holidays and weekends are also an option to get the most out of the opportunity.


When apprentices successfully complete their apprenticeship program, they receive an Alberta Journeyman Certificate in their trade.  This certificate is proof that the apprentice meets Alberta’s high industry standards and is fully qualified to work in their chosen trade.
In Grade 12, RAP apprentices can apply for scholarships, including the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship and a $1,000 RAP Scholarship.

Visit www.tradesecrets.org for information on RAP and RAP Scholarships.


Pick a trade that interests you.  With more than 50 trades to choose from, find one that complements your strengths and interests.  Visit www.tradesectets.org for details on each of the trades.
Find a good match.  Contact the RAP Coordinator, school counselor or an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office for advice on finding an employer ready to hire and train a RAP apprentice.
Complete the apprenticeship application and contract.  Obtain an apprenticeship application from your school, local Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or www.tradesecrets.org.  Fill in the application, have your employer sign it and submit it to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.
Start training!  Develop a work schedule that works for you, your employer and your school.  Focus on learning the required skills, working safely, and gaining valuable work experience!
Next step in the trades.  After you complete high school you will continue to learn while you earn an apprentice.  You will spend about 80% of your time learning on the job, and the rest attending technical training at a college or technical institute.  When you complete your apprenticeship program, you will be more employable, earn higher wages and be a certified tradesperson.

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