Construction Pre-Trades Training (CPT)

The Construction Pre-Trades Program is designed to provide employment preparation and technical training to adults (age 18 and up) for a wide range of employment opportunities in the construction industry.

Who can benefit from this program:

  • Albertans who are in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits
  • Employment Insurance (EI) Reachback Clients
  • Albertans who are in receipt of Alberta Works Income Support

Program Start Dates

Note: applications are accepted beginning 10 weeks prior to course start dates shown below:

  • September 26, 2016
  • January 30, 2017
  • May 29, 2017
  • September 25, 2017
  • January 29, 2018
  • April 2, 2018
  • July 30, 2018
  • October 1, 2018
  • February 11, 2019

Program Outline

  • Employment Preparation/Essential Skills (2 Weeks)
  • Computer Basics (1 Week)
  • NAIT Occupational Skills Training (10 Weeks)
    • Trade Math, Blueprint Reading, & Drafting
    • Hand Tools, Portable and Stationary Machines
    • Safety Certification
    • Construction Shop Projects
  • Job Search Techniques (1 Week)
  • Work Experience (2 Weeks)
  • Job Placement and Retention (1 Week, with 3 month and 6 month Follow-up)

Once training is completed, participants are assisted with work experience and employment in the industrial trades that may lead into apprenticeships.

Graduates from the Construction Pre-Trades program are provided with support during a 6 month period after placement into full-time employment.  This support may take the form of individualized sessions and success coaching, and a proactive job maintenance process.


The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support services and programs. 

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Cost: No Cost
Duration: 15 Weeks of in-class training and 2 Weeks of unpai Location: Edmonton - Energy Square

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