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Professional Development (must be UA Member)

Many courses are available for current members of Local 488. To register, please call 780-482-9529 or complete our online pre-registration. Once your qualifications for the course are reviewed, your registration will be confirmed.

Please note: All courses in our Course Calendar are for UA Members only.


While preparing for trade school or any other class can be an exciting time, it can also be stressful. It’s our goal to make it as worry-free for you as we can.

The criteria for enrolling in any of our apprentice classes are simple: A student MUST have an active apprenticeship. You do not have to be a member of Local 488 to register at Alberta Pipe Trades College. If a first year apprentice is registering, it is their responsibility to ensure that they have met Alberta Industrial Training (AIT) requirements. If you have any questions regarding your apprenticeship, please call AIT at 1-800-248-4823.

Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits for Apprentices

Although every effort is made to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, apprentices should consult, the official source of information about Employment Insurance.

In order to be considered for EI Benefits while attending technical training, an apprentice:

  • May apply for EI benefits at as soon as he/she has begun technical training working (NOTE: If you applied for, or are receiving EI benefits prior to training, you are required to complete another application with your technical training information)
  • Has to have worked enough hours to establish a claim for EI benefits
  • Must not be subject to any conditions that would prevent payment (i.e. quit without just cause, fired for misconduct)

Waiting Period
If this is the first time you are applying as an apprentice, you will be required to serve a two-week non-paid waiting period.  The two-week waiting period may be waived on subsequent EI applications while in the same program.

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