Find the latest Heat & Frost Insulation Industry Apprenticeship Association Student Handbook Here: Insulator Heat and Frost Student Information Guide Updated 2022-04-01

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 five weeks of theory and schooling for first and second year, and four weeks of theory and schooling for third and fourth year.

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.

2023 Upcoming Courses at the Heat Frost Training Center


Feb 6- Mar 10 Level 2

Mar 13 -Apr 6 Level 3

Apr 11-May 5 Level 4

May 8-Jun 9 Level 1

Jun 12- July 14 Level 2

July 17 -Aug 18 Level 1

Aug 21-Sept 15 Level 3

Sept 18-Oct 13 Level 4

Oct 16-Nov 17 Level 1

Nov 20-Dec 22 Level 2


School Supplies

You will be required to wear steel toed boots and hard hats as you would on any job site while in the shop. Other school supplies you will need are:

  • Sharp D.A.L. calculator
  • Large 3” binder

Program Length & Tuition

Level 1: Five weeks full-time. $800.00 tuition.

Level 2: Five weeks full-time. $800.00 tuition.

Level 3: Four weeks full-time. $650.00 tuition.

Level 4: Four weeks full-time. $650.00 tuition.

Financial Supports

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

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a taxable grant available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed and passed their first or second year/level of a Red Seal trade. Certain conditions apply. Find out more at Service Canada.

Note: The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) pilot project will end on March 31, 2023. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Apprentices whose first year (level/block) or second year (level/block) progression date occurs after the AIG-W pilot project ends on March 31, 2023 may be eligible for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG).

Project funding for organizations providing supports to women wishing to pursue a career in the skilled trades will be available under the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy.

Training Tax Credit – Level 3 and Level 4

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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.

E.I. Benefits for BC Apprentices

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. Apprentices who are registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and meet the eligibility requirements, can apply for E.I. for coverage while they are in school.


Union Allowance for Local 118 Union Sponsored Apprentices

Based on their school attendance, Local 118 reimburses local union apprentices $25 per day to help pay for expenses, and $50 per day to out-of-town union apprentices, while in school.

Allowance from Employers

The apprentice’s employer may chose to contribute to an allowance for apprentices, in some circumstances. The apprentice should discuss this directly with their employer.


Local 118 Apprentice Scholarship Award

Are you scheduled to attend upcoming HFIIAA training? Local 118 would like to engage our membership and increase awareness of our trade and our training program, by sharing our apprentices’ stories. There is a $250 scholarship award for one student per HFIIAA class, and the application process is simple: Tell us how and when you got into the trade, what your experience has been like, and what goals and aspirations you have for your future. We are looking for an applicant who can share with us their own story of how school has helped or will help them succeed in the trade, and how this scholarship will aide them in their future endeavours. By sharing more apprentices’ stories, this will help our membership get to know our apprentices and be able to support them in reaching their goals and aspirations.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Local 118 member in good standing and registered in HFIIAA school.

  • Applicant must write a brief 200-300 word story about themselves and how school helped them through their insulation career.

  • The story needs to be received no less than 1 week prior to the applicants start date of school.

  • Applicant must authorize publication of their story and photo on the Local 118 website and social media platforms.

Here is an example submission:

We would like to thank all applicants for their time and effort they put into applying for the scholarship.

Email your submission to, at least one week prior to your class start date.

Red Seal Qualification

When you have completed all four levels of training, and 6,600 hours of work experience, you need to write the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam. This is the final step to becoming a journeyperson.

Watch this video to hear Ashley’s experience with the learning process

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