Trade careers have a lot going for the skilled men and women who work in them. Many trades offer the right kind of challenge, as they are highly technical, involve lots of math and sciences, and are changing quickly. A trade career can lead to supervision, management, the professional and business entrepreneurship. Pay rates vary, but are generally very good. The aging workforce means an overall increase in future demand for skilled tradespeople. Employers need people with the right skills!

Apprenticeship Course Outline

There are many ways to get you through the program financially. Be sure to check out all the options available to you.



The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Scholarships provide approximately 400 annual Scholarships of $1,000 per year. Check out the numerous ones available on the Apprenticeship and Industry Training site./p


Earn credits toward your apprenticeship and your high school diploma – at the same time!

Paid career training before you leave school.

For more information visit or call in Calgary 403-297-6457.


Canada Revenue offers a tax benefit in the form of the Tradespersons’ Tools Deduction. Apprentices may be able to deduct the cost of eligible tools bought to earn employment income as a skilled tradesperson.


As an apprentice in a Red Seal trade, you get to earn while you learn, but a little extra money can always help.

The Government of Canada provides up to a maximum lifetime amount of $4,000 per person in federal apprenticeship taxable cash grants to help you progress in or complete your apprenticeship training.

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person.

To be eligible for the AIG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • not be a high school student;
  • have the required AIG supporting documents;
  • be registered with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade; and
  • provide proof that you have successfully completed either the 1st and/or 2nd year or level (or equivalent) in a designated Red Seal trade.

The deadline to apply is June 30 of the year after you complete the first and/or second year or level.

How to apply for the AIG


Through the Employment Insurance (EI) system, the Government of Canada provides income support to eligible apprentices during periods of technical training. Although all efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of this information, apprentices should consult Service Canada, the official source of information about EI. See also Employment Insurance for Apprentices.

To be considered for EI benefits while attending technical training, apply at the website above as soon as you stop working. If you have applied for, or are receiving EI benefits prior to training, you must complete another application indicating your technical training information.

Apprentices can call 1-800-206-7218 (in Alberta) or visit the Service Canada website.


2017 – 2018 Apprenticeship Technical Training Schedule – nothing for fall 2018 so far


Painter & Decorator Program

Phone 403-284-7248 or 1-877-284-7248 to register

NAIT (Patricia Campus, 12204 – 149 Street NW, Edmonton)

Painter/Decorator Program

Phone 780-471-6248 or 1-877-333-6248 to register



The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) is a non-refundable tax credit for an employer that is equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit an employer can claim is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum: Return on Investment

Review this document to see why you should be supporting/encouraging your employees on this career path. Involvement creates a healthier industry and benefits everyone overall.

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    I am a journeyman Painter who is about to retire and I have been working with a 40 year old single mother for about 8 years. Is there any possibility of her challenging the journeyman exam without having to go to school so that she can take over my position?


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      Hello Brad. Yes she can challenge the red seal ticket anytime. she needs to have an employer validate her years and hours on the tools then she can write the test any day. email me for more info


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    Hello I have been painting for 14 years and running my own business for the last 10 yrs, and I would like to become a journeyman painter. Can I get your email to contact you for more details as to how to prepare to challenge the red seal ticket, and what I need my employers/providers to provide to substantiate the hours I have work?
    Thank you


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      Connie Pruden


      Hi Ivan, we apologize you did not receive an answer on this query. To be honest we don’t always receive notification that a comment has been left on this section.
      You’re in luck re challenging the Red Seal, as APCA has put together a sample exam to assist members in doing just that. Send me an email at the office to discuss further –


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    My father has been painting for about 30yr. I would like to collect some information so he could possibly challenge the exam.

    Thank you


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    Connie Pruden


    Hi Amanda, your father would be in luck re challenging the Red Seal, as APCA has put together a sample exam to assist members in doing just that. Send me an email at the office to discuss further –


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