The Registered Apprenticeship Program allows full-time high school students to become a first-year apprentice while attending high school. Students can find their own apprenticeship (via family or friends as employers) or request help from the RAP coordinator, after which they make arrangements with the RAP coordinator to have their program formalized.

Why RAP?

  • Rap is a ‘real-world’ program that a student can take advantage of while attending high school full-time, and comes with the expectation of attending work on time and learning the required skills from your journeyman supervisor
  • RAP offers students an enriched high school education while providing an opportunity to learn valuable industry-related skills
  • RAP offers employers an opportunity to find quality young employees and participate in their educational process
  • Apprentices/students get a realistic look at the work world while learning employability skills
  • The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a way for students of Foothills School Division to become apprentices and earn credits toward an apprenticeship program and an Alberta high school diploma at the same time.

Course Details

  • Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a special program that commences an apprenticeship during high school. Depending on the trade, involvement with the apprenticeship program can last from 1 to 4 years.
  • RAP is a “real world” program. Apprenticeship is a combination of on the job training, work experience and technical training in a trade in conjunction with the requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma.
  • Students will be expected to attend work on schedule, and complete work quickly, safely, and efficiently. Students will also be expected to focus on learning the required skills from the journeyman supervisor.
  • In return, the employer will pay students as a RAP apprentice, grant the agreed flexibility to set work hours, provide required training, update apprenticeship record books, and liaise with the school.
  • When individuals complete their apprenticeship, 2-3 years after high school, they graduate as certified journeymen. The Alberta Journeyman Certificate proves meeting the Alberta’s high industry standard for that trade.

Eligibility & Pre-Requisites

  • RAP is open to students registered in a full-time high school program and working towards an Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of Achievement
  • Students may begin the process of entering RAP in Grade 10
  • Students must maintain a passing average in all courses and be progressing at a reasonable rate to graduate
  • Good academic standing, particularly in Math, Science and English
  • Excellent attendance at school, good citizenship and attitude
  • CTR 1010 Job Preparation Module
  • HCS3000 Workplace Safety Practices
  • HCS3010 Job Safety Systems
  • 125 hours Work Experience

How Credits Work

A RAP apprentice accumulates hours of on-the-job training as credit toward a high school diploma.

Students earn 5 credits for each course completed, to a maximum of 8 courses. Each course requires 125 hours of apprenticeship. The first course is at the grade 10 level, the next three are at the grade 11 level, and the final 4 courses are at the grade 12 level.

For additional information, please go to: www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca

If you would like additional information about our RAP Program please contact our Special Projects Coordinator.