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Program Overview

Journeywoman Start 

Journeywoman Start (JWS) is a hands-on training program that introduces students to a variety of different trades and provides introductory skills training for welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, pipe-fitting/steamfitting, and general mechanics (general mechanics in Fort McMurray only).

The program is designed to help students prepare for and succeed as an entry-levelworker in the construction and maintenance industry. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a variety of different work sites to get exposure to the trades.

Students receive essential safety awareness and certification, Best Practices for working in construction, workplace culture, exposure to the technical skills and hands-on participation in workshops to support and prepare them to enter the construction and maintenance industry. Delivery will be a blend of in-person, virtual and online learning. 

Program Length: 12-17 weeks
Location: Edmonton, Fort McMurray
Tuition: This program is funded by the Government of Alberta. 
Class Capacity: Varies

Admission Requirements:
  • Successful completion of drug & fitness testing
  • Class 5 Driver's License recommended
Certificates Included:
  • CSTS 2020
  • H2S Alive
  • OSSA Confined Space/Entry Monitor
  • OSSA Elevated Work Platform
  • Scaffolding Awareness
  • Standard First Aid CPR A & AED
  • OSSA Fall Protection

To support employment opportunities upon completion of this program, students will also have support from our Alumni Advisor team in job search and navigating the apprenticeship journey. 

Applications for the Edmonton program are always open as we host a few classes per year. If there is a specific class date you’re interested in applying for, we recommend starting your application approximately three months from the class start date.

Nat is a graduate of our Journeywoman Start Class #36 and is now a Journeyman Structural Welder. “I want to inspire other women to follow suit and become financially independent and have these awesome skills under their belts.” Be inspired and watch Nat’s video!


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