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Metal Fabrication: Apprenticeship

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  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $700 (One level)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact the Trades Division Office 250.561.5804
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • Metal Fabricator (Fitter)- Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement; Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Coordinator Contact

Application Deadline Advice

Applications may be submitted at any time. Early application is strongly recommended. 

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 02
Prince George - Main Campus
Level: 03
Prince George - Main Campus
Level: 04
Prince George - Main Campus

Apprenticeship Training

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

For updated details regarding Metal Fabricator (Fitter), please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.


Metal Fabricators interpret drawings and develop, layout, mark, cut, burn, saw, shear, punch, roll, bend, drill, shape, form, straighten, fit, assemble, ream, bolt, rivet, weld, test, inspect, prepare, prime, paint, rig, and handle structural and mechanical fabrications constructed from plates and structural shapes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The Technical training is made up of three levels totaling 600 hours (20 weeks). Level 1 and 2 are 210 hours each (7 weeks) and Level 3 is 180 hours (6 weeks). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.
The work-based training totals 4800 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves roughly 160 weeks of training.

For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN-2016-016. 

Training Content
  • Perform Safety-related Functions
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Interpret Plans, Drawings and Specifications
  • Perform Quality Control
  • Handle Materials
  • Perform Trade Math and Layout
  • Form Materials
  • Fabricate Components
  • Perform Welding Activities
  • Complete Project


(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)

Grade 10 or equivalent, including:
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent
Advisor Tips
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credits Granted

Ironworker (Generalist) - Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: None

Boilermaker - Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: None

Welder B - Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: None

Welder - Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: None
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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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