Regulated trades

Trades are skilled jobs that typically require manual skills and special training. Some trades are regulated. This means that they are governed by set standards that promote quality work and skill excellence among people working in that particular trade.

Some kinds of skilled manual or mechanical work are known as trades.

In Alberta, you can obtain certification in more than 50 trades, but not every trade requires certification. To work in a compulsory trade you must be certified. 

Visit Tradesecrets, the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website, to learn about:

  • fees;
  • exams;
  • particular trades;
  • the registration process; and
  • work experience requirements.

If you are certified as a trades person in any Province/Territory in Canada, you can work in Alberta’s compulsory trades by showing your provincial trade certification or Red Seal certification directly to your employer. If you are having difficulty getting your provincial trade certification recognized in a compulsory trade in Alberta, please contact the Alberta Labour Mobility Unit at: or call 780-644-4306 for assistance (dial 310-0000 first for toll-free calling).

List of regulated trades

Regulated trades have an apprenticeship program and are listed below. These links will take you to an occupational profile, which contains information about:

  • duties
  • salaries
  • working conditions
  • advancement opportunities
  • personal characteristics and educational qualifications you need to succeed


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Optional certification trades

When a trade is designated, it has either a compulsory or optional certification. A worker in a compulsory certification trade is a registered apprentice or a certified journeyperson.

A worker in an optional certification trade can work for an employer who is satisfied that person has the skills and knowledge expected of a certified journeyperson. A non-certified worker in an optional certification trade can also supervise and train apprentices on the job.

However, anyone learning an optional certification trade must become a registered apprentice.

List of optional certification trades

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