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Trades & Technology

Hands-on, flexible and supported learning.

Northern Lakes College is the premier educational provider of Trades and Resource Technology training in the north. Students learn from experienced trades people, who have worked in the field and can train real-life scenarios. Northern Lakes College offers a trades training annex for students taking an apprenticeship program. We also offer flexible learning options for technology programs, enabling students the ability to learning anytime, from anywhere there is an internet connection. Trades and Resource Technology at Northern Lakes College has been the fastest growing program over the past five years and is predicted to continue to grow as the oilfield rebounds.

Find out where and when the training you need is being delivered. Check out the Northern Lakes College Trades Training Schedule by clicking the button to the right.

General Apprenticeship Information

Eligible students are determined by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). See Trade Secrets Alberta for more details. You must meet the entrance requirements for:

  • your specific trade,
  • be indentured by an employer,
  • be eligible to attend the training sessions

Apprentices are generally already working in the field while at the same time enrolled into a post-secondary education program. They receive on-the-job training from a certified journeyman or qualified individual (approximately 80% of time spent) and technical training at an approved technical training institution (approximately 20% of time spent). An apprenticeship can be anywhere from one year up to four years depending on the trade you have chosen. 

Throughout your learning time and in order to advance your skillset, apprentices are required to successfully complete:

  • The technical training period,
  • The industry examination(s),
  • Successfully complete the hours and months of on-the-job training (Each apprenticeship program has its own requirements)

Flexible Delivery Methods

NLC Anytime, Anywhere- Courses where you do not have scheduled classes, where you log into a program (Moodle) at any time and do your work. 
NLC LIVE Online- Courses where you have scheduled classes online, where you log into a program (Blackboard Collaborate) with your instructor and peers on the same day, at the same time.
Face-to-face- Courses where the instructor and the students are interacting at the same time, at the same physical location.
Blended- Courses where you have a combination of face to face and online (NLC Anytime, Anywhere and/or NLC LIVE Online).