Registered Apprentice 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.
Information about various trades
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.
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, Ray Côté at Outreach.
Call: 780-960-0475 or email