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Boilermaker: 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: 02
BBY - Burnaby
Level: 03
BBY - Burnaby

Related Foundation Programs

Not ready for an apprenticeship program? This Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) program may be of interest:

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


ITA Source: 'Boilermaker ' profile.


Boilermakers fabricate, construct, install, assemble, erect, demolish, repair and maintain a wide variety of vessels, tanks, towers, boilers, hoists and other structures, ancillary equipment and fixtures made of steel, other metals, fiberglass, and other materials. The broad scope of this trade includes the construction and maintenance activities performed in the field and in industrial and commercial plants. 

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

The technical training is made up of three levels (450 hours total) and each level is five weeks (150 hours). Level 1 can also be met through completion of the Boilermaker Foundation Program (690 hours). 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 4950 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this equals about 165 weeks of training.

For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2018 008 .

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Perform Safety-related Functions
  • Use Tools, Equipment and Work Platforms
  • Organize Work
  • Perform Cutting and Welding Activities
  • Use Rigging, Hoisting, and Lifting Equipment
  • Lay out, Fabricate, and Assemble Vessels and Components
  • Maintain, Upgrade, and Repair Vessels and Components



  • Grade 10 or equivalent (although Grade 12 is preferred)
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10
  • completion of the Boilermaker Foundation program

Red Seal Endorsement

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.

Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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