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Apprenticeship

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GPRC Grande Prairie

GPRC Fairview

To register for apprenticeship training at GPRC, please call our toll-free number at 1-888-822-2250.

Students looking for Apprenticeship training offered at Fairview or Grande Prairie campuses may contact GPRC for trades as listed below.

2014-2015 academic year:

Registration begins May 12, 2014 for the following:

• Automotive Service Tech
• Carpenter
• Electrician
• Instrument Tech
• Power System Electrician

Registration begins May 14, 2014 for the following:

• Agricultural Equipment Tech (same as Heavy Equipment Tech)
• Heavy Equipment Tech
• Millwright
• Plumber
• Steamfitter-Pipefitter

Registration begins May 16, 2014 for the following:

• Welding
• Motorcycle Mechanics
• Parts

For current enrolment dates please see the AIT website.

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What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job and classroom training. Typically, apprentices train for four years (although this varies by trade), spending four to twelve weeks a year in an educational institution and the rest of the time training on the job. When all training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by industry and the Government of Alberta, and if successful becomes certified by the Province as a qualified tradesperson or journeyperson. Upon completion of the program the apprentice may also write interprovincial exams to obtain Red Seal status.

The Process

To become an apprentice you must be at least 16 years old, meet the educational requirements for the trade in which you are interested, and find employment with an employer who is willing to hire and train you as an apprentice.

Once hired, the employee discusses apprenticeship training with the employer, obtains appropriate approvals, and enters into a contract. This contract is then registered with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).  AIT will issue an identification card, a course outline booklet, and an apprenticeship record book.

Apprentices will receive notification by mail from AIT, and must then go online (tradesecrets.alberta.ca) for a list of all the training opportunities available for the trade for the academic year commencing July 1 of that year and ending June 30 of the next year. AIT’s Apprenticeship Class Calendar and Enrollment Instructions which outlines the procedures for application and admission to the apprenticeship programs at GPRC can also be found online.

The apprentice must contact GPRC to apply for an intake. Full tuition and other fees are due and payable at the time of application.

The apprentice will attend GPRC on the start date specified online, or as may be modified in writing by GPRC. Failure to attend may lead to cancellation of the admission.

Fees and Expenses

Apprenticeship tuition is set by AIT, and varies according to the length of training.  Apprentices also pay applicable GPRC and GPRC Students’ Association fees and are responsible for required textbooks and course supplies.

Class Length Tuition S.A. Fees Shop Material Admin Fee Wellness Student Life Total
6 weeks $588.00 $41.49 $67.00 $27.25 $15.00 $11.00 $749.74
8 weeks $784.00 $56.65 $67.00 $27.25 $20.00 $15.00 $969.90
12 weeks $1176.00 $82.98 $67.00 $27.25 $30.00 $22.00 $1405.23

The Apprenticeship Program is administered by AIT.  As a training provider, GPRC adheres to all AIT policies.  The AIT website, tradesecrets.alberta.ca provides complete information about apprenticeship training, including: enrollment procedures; fees and financial assistance; and attendance, performance, behaviour, and cheating policies.

What does GPRC Offer?

The following apprenticeship programs are delivered by GPRC:

Trade

Campus Location

Automotive Service Technician

Fairview

Carpenter

Fairview

Electrician

Grande Prairie

Heavy Equipment Technician

Fairview

Instrument Technician

Fairview

Millwright

Grande Prairie

Motorcycle Mechanic

Fairview

Parts Technician

Fairview/Grande Prairie

Plumber

Fairview

Steamfitter-Pipefitter

Fairview

Welder

Fairview

Welder – Wire Process Operator

Fairview

 

Mechanic