Tourism Apprenticeships | Tourism Saskatchewan Industry Website

Tourism Journeypersons are industry leaders in their trades

STEC works in partnership with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission to provide opportunities for experienced front line workers to complete their Journeyperson certification.

Training is available in two tourism trades in Saskatchewan:



Food and Beverage Person

People working in this trade sell and serve food and beverage products, mix and prepare alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Training and certification includes: 

  • Two emerit Professional Certifications: Food and Beverage Server and Bartender
  • Service Best customer service training (or an equivalent customer service program that includes testing)
  • Serve It Right Saskatchewan (SIRS) responsible service of alcohol
  • FoodSafe or equivalent
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification
  • Workplace Trainer online
  • Standard First Aid and CPR "A"

Requires 3,600 hours of trade experience for completion

Apprenticeship costs: $200.00 application fee plus $630.00 tuition for each eligible employee.
Training and Certification costs: $1,760.00. The annual Tourism Apprenticeships Program, below, pays these costs for the employer.

Guest Services Representative

People working in this trade promote, sell and book accommodation products and services. 

Training and Certification includes:

  • Two emerit Professional Certifications: Front Desk Agent and Reservation Sales Agent
  • Performance review checklist for emerit Tourism Visitor Information Counsellor
  • Service Best customer service training (or an equivalent customer service program that includes testing.)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification
  • 100 Night Audit hours
  • Workplace Trainer online
  • Standard First Aid and CPR "A"

Requires 3,600 hours of trade experience for completion

Apprenticeship costs: $200.00 application fee plus $735.00 tuition for each eligible employee.
Training and Certification costs: $1,675.00. The annual Tourism Apprenticeships Program, below, pays these costs for the employer.


Tourism Apprenticeships Program

Supported training, lower cost to employer

Employers may receive funded support valued at $1,760 for each eligible employee for Food and Beverage Person and $1,675 for Guest Services Representative. Eligible workers must have at least 3,000 hours of trade experience at the start of the program and reach 3,600 hours by the end of their training. The program begins September 1. Candidates must complete their training by May 31 of the following year. For the 2020-2021 Tourism Apprenticeships Program, employers receive a $300 tuition rebate, until August 31, 2020.

Employing Journeypersons improves business

Journeypersons are highly trained and qualified, and bring a wealth of in-depth knowledge and skills to your business. They are capable of taking on a range of responsibilities, such as supervisor, workplace mentor or job coach. Employers can be assured of increased service quality, enhanced customer satisfaction and a distinct advantage over competitors with lesser-skilled employees.

In Saskatchewan, tourism trades do not require apprentices to leave the workplace for extended formal classroom training. Most training takes place on the job. Employers note that apprentices increase productivity and quality, improve workplace safety, boost customer satisfaction and reduce staff turnover.