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Registered Apprentice Program (RAP)

RAP is a high school program that allows students to begin earning hours toward their apprenticeship while earning high school credits toward their diploma. Students are registered in the trade and placements are in an approved worksite with teacher supervision. Students begin RAP in grade 10 or 11 by attending weekly meetings. Once they have been accepted into the program in the late spring the following school year the student will spend one semester in the workplace and one in school completing their core subjects toward a high school diploma.

How do I become a RAP student?

  • In grade 10 or 11 students attend a weekly meeting.

  • During the weekly meeting, students are building a career portfolio based on the trade in which they hope to receive a placement. A completed portfolio will earn the student a high school credit.

  • Students will also plan out the subjects they will need in order to earn a high school diploma.

  • In the spring students are interviewed by participating companies in the program. Potential students are prepared for the interview. The score of the student’s interview is a significant factor in determining if the student is to have a placement the following school year. Placements are not a guarantee as programs are competitive and despite best efforts there aren't always enough placements for the number of students interested, and qualified. 

  • Students are expected to complete HCS 3000-Work Place Safety, Common Safety Orientation (CSO) and Construction Safety Training Systems (CSTS), and First Aid/CPR.

  • Exceptional attendance, an average of 65% and a great reputation is expected of the students before and after a placement is earned.

  • Science 10 and Science 20, AND Chemistry 20 or Physics 20.

  • Instrumentation Technician requires Chemistry and Physics 30. 

  • For each semester a student works they earn at least 30 credits:  20 RAP credits and 10 Work Experience credits.

Things to consider…

  • Students may have the desire to be in a placement but they must have the maturity to work with adults.

  • Some students choose to do a course in summer school to alleviate the workload of 4 courses in one semester.

  • Some of the placements begin in early August. Please be aware you may have to change your summer plans.

  • Students are asked to choose two trades of interest in case there is a shortage of placements in their area of interest.

  • RAP placements are competitive with all high schools. Students and placements vary from year to year.