Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The communication technician apprenticeship term is 4 years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,200 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in the first 3 periods and 8 weeks of technical training in the fourth period.
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 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in safety awareness, basic electricity, trade mathematics, cable plant architecture, telephony and practical IP fundamentals.
The second period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided level 2 training in cable plant architecture and practical IP fundamentals, as well as training in electronics, basic transmission and fibre optics.
The third period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided level 3 training in practical IP fundamentals, as well as access technology, multiplexing, noise mitigation and DC power plants.
The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided level 4 training in practical IP fundamentals and level 2 training in access technology, as well as training in voice networks, voice over IP (VoIP), video and wireless systems.