In-Class Technical Training

Apprenticeship Basic Structure

Apprenticeships are made of levels containing, 1) on-the-job work experience hours, and 2) in-class technical training. An apprenticeship is typically made of 2-5 levels of training depending on the trade. After all levels are completed, the apprentice will need to write an exam. 

In this page we will explore

1. HSAP with High School Technical Training
2. How to Register for High School Technical Training
3. Adult Technical Training, and
4. How to Register for Adult Technical Training

HSAP with High School In-Class Technical Training

There are three options for students who want to enter an apprenticeship at the high school level:

1. HSAP
2. HSAP plus RRTVA Accredited Programming
3. RRTVA Accredited Programming Without HSAP

1. HSAP

HSAP is a school program that helps students with on-the-job work experience hours for their first level of apprenticeship training.  Most trades require 1550 -2200 hours of work experience hours to complete a single level.  Keep in mind that an apprenticeship also requires in-class technical training in order to complete the level of apprenticeship training. Students can pursue in-class technical training after high school as an adult apprentice or take an RRTVA Accredited Program.

2. HSAP Plus RRTVA Accredited Programming

In some cases, HSAP students can pair their on-the-job work experience hours together with an 
RRTVA Accredited Program to get their in-class technical training for level one.  A student would need to meet the program requirements for instructors in an RRTVA Accredited Program to grant level 1 apprenticeship accreditation.  Accreditation means that students have attended training at a school that Apprenticeship Manitoba has approved. Students would have to have a job (with an apprenticeship agreement)  in the same trade as their RRTVA Accredited Program. In some cases students have been near or even completed the work experience hours and in-class technical training to complete an entire level of apprenticeship training.

3. RRTVA Accredited Programming Without HSAP

In other situations, students are not able to do HSAP to collect work experience hours. Instead, students attend an RRTVA Accredited Program.  In this case, students are NOT apprentices.  In order to have the designation of "apprentice" students have to sign an apprenticeship agreement with an employer and an HSAP teacher. Many students attend RRTVA Accredited Programs to become employable. The skills, knowledge and attitudes taught in these programs help students to get their next job. Students who meet the program requirements for instructors in an RRTVA Accredited Program may grant level 1 apprenticeship accreditation. This student, however is not yet an apprentice and needs to get a job and an apprenticeship agreement before they may use the in-class training as accreditation.  The RRTVA will grant a student an accreditation number.  The accreditation number has an expiry date, so a student needs to get a job and apprenticeship agreement before the accreditation expires. 

How to Register for High School Technical Training

Students can register for high school technical training by going RRTVA.ca Registration Forms

Adult Technical Training

Students may need to register for either level one or level two technical training with Apprenticeship Manitoba. Students will register for level one if they did not attend an RRTVA Accredited Program or they did not meet the requirements for level one accreditation during high school. Go to the next section to see how to register for level one adult apprenticeship. 

Students who did complete the RRTVA Accredited Program and were able to accumulate more all of their on-the-job work experience hours (levels are from 1550 hours to 2200 hours - go to your trade to find out by clicking on Manitoba Trades) will continue to work on their work experience hours for level two. 

Adult apprenticeship training is offered at three different locations:1) Red River College - Winnipeg, 2) Assiniboine Community College - Brandon, and 3) University College of the North - The Pas. Please note: apprenticeship courses must be registered through Apprenticeship Manitoba not the colleges. 

How to Register for Adult Technical Training

Registration for Technical training Level 1 or 2

Apprenticeship Manitoba opens in-class technical training registrations for the next academic year at the beginning of July.

Register by phone or in person if you have HSAP credits.

Important note about HSAP Credits – you must indicate that you have HSAP Credits in person or by phone (this does not work if you log in). For every two HSAP credits (220 hours) you did in high school, you are entitled to a free registration fee (this will save you $464 if you have an 8 week course). Please remember to do this each year if you earned multiple HSAP credits (8 HSAP credits pays for 4 levels of registration fees or $1856).  Caution: if you have accidentally paid for the registration, there is no chance of you getting it back

Call this number to register – 204-945-4016 (no call prompts), 1-877-978-7233, or show up in person at 100-111 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg or 1005 St. Mary's Road Winnipeg. It is recommended to be both in line and phoning if you wish to have a specific time as the registration process is first-come-first-served.

Fill out the Apprenticeship Technical Training Registration Application.

Go to the current year  Technical Training Course Schedule.

Some advice about registration:

1. Check with your employer as to when they would like to release you to your training course.

2. Be careful to choose the course at the school you wish to go to. Courses may appear at Red River College - RRC (Notre Dame campus in Winnipeg), Assiniboine Community College ACC (Brandon campus), or University College of the North (The Pas campus).
3. The courses are listed alphabetically but know that some level 1 and 2 courses are listed as Common Core. For example Agriculture Equipment Technician level one would be listed as Common Core Ag Tech/HDET/TTM Level 1.

Some advice about attending in-class technical training:

Technical Training Attendance Policy – please note that Apprenticeship Manitoba has a strict attendance policy for technical training. Familiarize yourself with their policy.