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Trainee Info

General Information

Welcome to the Apprenticeship Program with the Laborers International Union of North America .

The first thing you need to do as a trainee is to fill out thetrainee application form which is available from the training center. Next send it in to the Government of Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) to receive your government bluebook  and to become a registered apprentice with the Alberta Government.  There will be a registration fee.  The bluebook is a record of your employment.

As a trainee you will need 2300 hours of work experience and take 9 courses through the training center.  After all the requirements for the bluebook are completed you will take it to AIT and pay a fee to take your certification exam.


At the completion of each course your bluebook is stamped by a facilitator at the ALTTF.  The courses you will need to complete are as follows:

Compulsory Courses:

  • Basics of Construction
  • Operation & Maintenance of Small Tools
  • Basics of Concrete
  • Excavation, Backfill, Compaction
  • Scaffolding
  • Construction Rigging & Hoisting
  • Blueprint I
  • Formwork

Plus one of the following courses:

  • Survey I (Gradeperson)
  • Blueprint II
  • Survey II (Surveyor Helper)
  • Flagging and Signaling

All the apprenticeship courses are available through the ALTTF.

The training center publishes a training calendar on the first business day of the month.  The calendar indicates all of the training courses available for that month.  The calendar is available at your union hall or on the website.  The list of courses is also available on our recorded announcement line.

Registrations are taken on a first come first served basis, so it is always best to phone in early in the month.  Please note that if a course is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list.  The waiting lists are not carried over to the next month (you will need to phone in again).  If you then cannot make it to the course you need to call in and cancel.  If you do not show up for a course without canceling you will be required to pay a no show fee.  If you drop out of a course you will be required to pay a fee to take that particular course again.

If you have any questions please call our center and have your concerns clarified.

Work Experience/Skills

When you go to work and before you are laid off you need to get your supervisor to sign your bluebook and put in the number of hours you have worked. This page should include the company’s name, address and phone number. As you are working on various jobs you should also get your skills signed off as you complete them. You will need a verification of 2300 hours of work experience.

Skills should include the following:

Follow safe work procedures. Maintain and use personal protective equipment.

Excavation/backfill/compaction. Establish or check excavations. Signal construction equipment. Rig and sling loads. Maintain materials stockpile. Mix/distribute mortar and grout.

Erect and dismantle scaffolding — tube & coupler, frame and brace and systems scaffold.

Concrete placement, vibration, screed (strike off), prepare/strip formwork.

Operate and maintain tools and equipment — tampers and compactors, compressors, jackhammers, cutting torch, electric grinders, chipping and abrading tools, pumps and construction heaters, pipe connecting tools or tapping machine, mortar/concrete mixers.

Do not hesitate to contact the training center if you have any questions relating to your program.