Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) Frequently Asked Questions
The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an opportunity for high school students to earn up to 40 credits towards their high school diploma while accumulating hours towards their first year apprenticeship in one of Alberta’s designated trades.
The students who have made career choices and commitments to RAP begin their training in any one of the apprenticeship trades while in high school. They spend part of their year in school completing graduation requirements and part in industry as a registered apprentice. Visit www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca for more information about the trades.
All students participating in RAP must complete the ACSA (Alberta Construction Safety Association) course. This is an online course which is offered at no cost to high school students. See your high school Off-Campus Coordinator or Counsellor for more information.
Advantages to doing RAP?
- Allows a high school student the opportunity to start a Post-Secondary Program in a well-respected career while in high school.
- A RAP apprentice gets a realistic look at the work world and learns employability and hands on skills required in the industry.
- With a high demand for skilled trade workers, the future in the choosen career field looks very promising.
- Employers have an opportunity to find quality young employees.
- RAP students earn a wage plus as many as 40 high school credits including four 30-level, 5-credit courses towards your high school diploma.
Opportunities in RAP
|Agricultural Equipment Technician
||Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator
||Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
|Appliance Service Technician
||Electric Motor Systems Technician
||Lather-Interior Systems Mechanic
||Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
|Auto Body Technician
||Rig Technician 3
|Automotive Service Technician
||Sheet Metal Worker
||Gasfitter (A) or (B)
||Sprinkler System Installer
||Glazier (Glazier or Auto Glass Technician)
||Natural Gas Compression Technician
||Steamfitter - Pipefitter
||Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
||Structural Steel and Plate Fitter
||Heavy Equipment Technician
||Painter and Decorator
||Transport Refrigeration Technician
||Water Well Driller
||Power System Electrician
Steps for RAP Students:
1) Find an employer in one of the trades listed above. Criteria:
a) They must HIRE (pay) you as an apprentice.
b) You must be supervised by a CERTIFIED JOURNEYMAN.
2) Meet with Mr. Watson to discuss requirements of the program. You will be given a Rap Student Booklet for yourself
and a RAP Employer Booklet for your employer. A date will be set-up to meet your employer to discuss the program.
3) Employer, student, parent and Off-Campus Supervisor must sign the Off Campus Contract Form. (located in student booklet)
4) Go to http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca and "Apply for AIT Program and Services". All instructions are located in the RAP student booklet. Your employer is responsible for keeping your hours and skills tracked digitally.
5) Complete and hand in all required documents to Mr. Watson as outlined by checklist in Student Booklet.
Forms for RAP: