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Program Overview

Journeywoman Start

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in construction but you’re not too sure which trade or where to start, this is the program for you.

Journeywoman Start (JWS) is a 17-week classroom and hands-on training program that introduces students to 6 different trades and provides introductory skills training for welding, carpentry, sheet metal, electrical, plumbing and pipe-fitting/steamfitting.

This is a competitive program with a maximum of 18 spaces available. Classroom and hands-on skills training for this program are offered through WBF's Training Centre in Edmonton. 

The program is designed to help students prepare for and succeed as an entry-level worker 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, exposure to the technical skills and hands-on participation in workshops to support and prepare them to enter the construction and maintenance industry.

Certificates Included:

  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • 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 are always open for our Edmonton based Journeywoman Start program. If there is a specific class you’re interested in applying for, we recommend starting your application approximately three months from the class start date.



Uncertain which program is right for you? Log into the MY WBF portal to access our Program Finder and Trades Exploration Tools to help you find the program that is right for you.

Take the MY WBF tour to learn how to set up an account, register for an information session and how to apply.