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Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Earn while you learn and get a head start on your career.
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.

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Why RAP ?

  • Allows you to start your Post-Secondary training early while still in High School
  • 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 student spend in RAP?

  • Grade 10: Majority of the students begin in the summer following Grade 10 with a 125 hour pre-RAP internship prior to registering with Apprenticeship and Industry Training. They 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.
  • In Grade 12, students may continue as a RAP apprentice working after school, weekends, and holidays. Many apprentices try to arrange their timetables to accommodate a half-day, 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, particularly in Math, Science, and English
  • Excellent attendance at school, good citizenship and attitude
  • 125 hours Work Experience (pre-RAP Internship, pay optional)
  • HCS 3000 Job Preparation Module
  • CSTS Safety Training prior to placement


If you have any questions about the RAP program please contact the Off-Campus Education Coordinator, Duane Hagen at Outreach.

Call:  780-960-0475 or email