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Heat and Frost Insulator: Apprenticeship

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Applications are submitted externally through the BCIT website.

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    Weekly tuition is approximately $110 per week.
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Average Cost Range: $45 to $200; Contact: 604.456.8100 for details
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    BCIT Apprentice Services: 604-456-8100 or 1-800-667-0676 (Canada & US only). Email

Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted year round. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Fee: N/A

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: 01
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Level: 02
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Level: 03
BBY - Burnaby
Level: 04
BBY - Burnaby

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

Insulator (Heat and Frost)

ITA Source: 'Insulator (Heat and Frost) ' profile.


Insulators (Heat and Frost) use a variety of insulating materials to cover exposed surfaces of pipes, steam generators, ducts, process vats and related equipment.

The format of the program combines in-school and work-based training. The four levels of training are normally completed over four years.

The in-school training part involves 16 weeks or about four weeks per level. 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 5920 hours. Based on a 40-hour work week this involves 148 weeks of training.

Note: due to the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative there will be changes to this program effective September 1, 2019.  For more details please visit: OPSN 2018 021 .

Training Content

Areas of training cover:

  • Tools and Equipment
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Selecting Insulation Materials
  • Applying Insulation
  • Fire Stopping and Smoke Sealing Techniques
  • Trade Related Math and Science
  • Drafting and Layout Techniques
  • Reading Blueprints and Specifications
  • Using Asbestos Abatement Procedures
  • Using Lead Abatement Procedures



  • completion of Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • completion of Grade 12 or equivalent

Advisor Tips

Areas tested on the Red Seal exam are:

  • Occupational Skills
  • Industrial Application
  • Commercial Application
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Spraying Insulation Materials
  • Fire Stopping and Fireproofing

If you have 8880 (documented) hours of directly related work experience for this position you may challenge the Red Seal exam. In doing so you believe that your work experience and self-directed study have prepared you to pass the exam.

If you have any questions about this program please contact ITA Customer Service at 1.866.660.6011.

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.

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