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Boilermaker: Apprenticeship

  • 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
    Student Apprenticeship Information 604.434.1610 or 1.866.434.1610 (Canada & US only)

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

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


ITA Source: 'Boilermaker ' profile.


Construction Boilermakers lay out, burn, shear, saw, cut, punch, drill, ream, bore, rap, rivet, caulk, boil, connect, fasten, weld, gouge, shape, fit, handle, and rig structural members, plates, and tubes in the fabrication, erection, repair, and maintenance of dust, air gas, steam, oil, water, or liquid tight containers, structures, and equipment.

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

The technical training is made up of three levels. Level 1 is met through completion of the Boilermaker Foundation Program. Levels 2 and 3 are each five 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 5700 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this equals about 190 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Organize Work
  • Use Rigging, Hoisting, and Lifting Equipment
  • Construct Vessels
  • 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 57 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

Related Occupations

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

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