Teaching and Learning - Off Campus Programs

Off Campus Education provides opportunities for junior and senior high students to explore and expand their career interests, skills and knowledge related to work and other life roles.

The Off Campus Education Handbook, provincially mandatory as of September 1, 2011, provides guidance for school authorities to offer off-campus education programming for their students and covers work-related activities that take place outside the school classroom environment. The Off Campus Education Handbook represents updates to legislation regarding workplace health and safety, and incorporates recommendations to support a meaningful and safe educational experience for students.

In Alberta, there are a variety of off campus education courses and programs. These include Work Study, Workplace Readiness/Practicum, Work Experience, the Registered Apprenticeship Program, the Green Certificate Program and Career Internship.

Green Certificate

The programs of study in the Green Certificate Program were approved for use in Alberta high schools in September 2000. By completing a series of three courses to the specified standard in an agricultural production specialization, a student could earn a Level I (Technician) Green Certificate issued by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development that is recognized by agribusiness in Alberta. The student could also earn 16 credits toward the Alberta High School Diploma or the Certificate of High School Achievement.

The apprenticeship-style delivery ensures that a participant learns through actively performing the skills required. The student (trainee) learns on the job, under the direction of experienced farm personnel (trainers) and under the supervision and administration of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and Alberta Education. The Green Certificate Program consists of nine specializations:

  • Bee Keeper Production
  • Cow–Calf Beef Production
  • Dairy Production
  • Equine Technician
  • Feedlot Beef Production
  • Field Crop Production
  • Irrigated Field Crop Production
  • Sheep Production
  • Swine Production

For complete and specific information, refer to Section 10 of the Off Campus Education Handbook.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an apprenticeship program for senior high school students 15 years of age or older. RAP students are both full-time students and registered apprentices, and must be actively working toward the completion of senior high school. RAP students take courses such as English language arts, social studies, science, mathematics and other complementary courses to meet the requirements for either an Alberta High School Diploma or a Certificate of High School Achievement.

For complete and specific information, refer to Section 9 of the Off Campus Education Handbook.

Work Experience

Work Experience 15–25–35 are separate courses for credit that provide experiential learning activities undertaken by a student as an integral part of a planned school program under the cooperative supervision of an off-campus education coordinator. Work Experience 15–25–35 courses are components of an off-campus education learning experience.

For complete divisional information and forms refer to the Divisional Work Experience Handbook,

Summer Work Experience

Summer Work Experience is a program that provides students with an opportunity to participate in Off-Campus Education during the summer months; having an opportunity to participate in meaningful work, to develop acceptable work habits in a business environment; to develop an understanding of positive attitudes for getting along with people and to learn about the organization of business and the relationships of employee to employer.

For complete divisional information and form packages go to the link: Summer Work Experience. (PRSD Staff will use their current username and password to access this resource)