Private Vocational Training in Alberta

What is Vocational Training?

Vocational training is post-secondary education that provides students with specialized skills and knowledge to prepare them for employment in a specific field. This type of training may be offered by both public and private institutions. Students receive a diploma or certificate upon successful completion of the program.

What is a Private Institution?

A private institution is an independent business that can offer various types of educational training, including courses, workshops, and vocational training programs.

Private Vocational Training in Alberta

In Alberta, vocational training programs offered by private institutions must be licensed by the Private Vocational Training branch in accordance with the Private Vocational Training Act and Regulation. This legislation allows private institutions to participate in Alberta's post-secondary system and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in licensed programs.

Private institutions in Alberta currently offer licensed vocational training programs in a wide range of fields, including office administration, business management, legal administration, computer technology, web design, massage therapy, hairstyling, esthetics, make-up, nutrition, emergency medical services, health care, and more. There are approximately 140 private institutions offering over 700 licensed programs. A list of these institutions and their programs is available on the Alberta Learning Information Service - EDInfo website.    

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