How apprenticeship works

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You must complete four years of Apprenticeship Training to become a Red Seal Certified Journeyperson Insulator. In addition to the practical training that apprentices receive on the job, you also take four weeks of theory and schooling each year. Classes are held at BC Institute of Technology in Burnaby, BC.

You can continue your apprenticeship with any Heat and Frost union local in Canada, and most in North America. You don’t need to complete the apprenticeship within four years. You can take time away, and return to the program when you are able.

If you are working for a Local 118 union contractor during your apprenticeship, they will lay you off to let you attend school. When class is finished you can go back to the job.

The classes cost $602 per year. Local 118 reimburses apprentices $20 per day for expenses for each day he or she attends classes.

Read about the classes offered at BCIT.

Check out the BCIT Heat and Frost Insulator Apprentice Training Schedule

When you have completed four years, or 6,000 hours, of Apprenticeship Training and work, you need to write the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam. This is the final step to becoming a journeyperson.

There is a one-time initiation fee when you join as an apprentice.There is an elevation fee when you qualify as a journeyperson.

If you’re interested in travel or relocating, Local 118 has relationships with unions across North America. Our journeypersons are also qualified to work in the mechanical insulation industry all over the world.

Apprenticeship assistance

There are a number of grants and tax credits available to help apprentices complete their training.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) – Level 1 & Level 2

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a $1,000 taxable cash grant available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level of a Red Seal trade. Service Canada must receive your application on or before June 30 of the calendar year following the date you passed your level training. Find out more at Service Canada.

Training Tax Credit – Level 3 and Level 4

The Training Tax Credit of $2,000 for Level 3 and $2,500 for Level 4 is claimed on your personal income tax.
T1014 BC Training Tax Credit Form

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) – Level 4

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 taxable cash grant designed to encourage apprentices registered in a designated Red Seal trade to complete their apprenticeship program and receive their certification. Deadline to apply is June 30 of the calendar year following the date you completed and passed the Interprovincial Examination.
Get more information from Service Canada.

Financial Assistance for BC Apprentices – Tuition Fees

Apprentices who are registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and meet the eligibility requirement of an “insured participant” may be eligible to receive financial support for basic living expenses, childcare, commuting costs, travel costs, tuition costs and living away from home costs, in addition to maximum EI benefits. Visit the ITA website for more.

Download the Guide to BC and Federal Tax Credits and Grants for Apprentices and Employers.