Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise required to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The baker apprenticeship term is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.
The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in baking theory, shop practices, trade calculations, sanitation and communications.
The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. All training in this period builds on the fundamentals learned in period 1.
The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. In addition to further advanced training in baking theory and shop practices, apprentices will also take training in equipment and safety, foods and nutrition, and business operations.