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Ironworker - Reinforcing: 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).

Contact BCIT for the next opening.

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

Ironworker Generalist

ITA Source: 'Ironworker Generalist ' profile.


Ironworkers rig, weld, burn, rivet, bolt, drill, fit, fabricate or otherwise handle structural shapes and plates in the erection, demolition, repair, and routine maintenance of steel structures such as buildings, towers, cranes, and bridges. They are involved with placing or moving machinery, curtain wall, window wall, tilt-up, column cladding, and architectural metal. They also detail, place, post-tension, pre-stress, and tie reinforcing steel and cable including the unloading and handling of all such material.

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

The in-school training part is 22 weeks or about 10 weeks for level one and six weeks for levels two and three. 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 4740 hours. Based on a 30 hour work week this involves 158 weeks of training.

Training Content

Areas of training cover:

  • Safe Work Practices
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Organizing Work
  • Using Rigging, Hoisting and Lifting Equipment
  • Applying Crane Work Procedures
  • Erecting Structural Members
  • Applying Reinforcing Techniques
  • Applying Pre-Stressing/Post-Tensioning Techniques
  • Maintaining and Upgrading Structural Steel and Components



  • 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
  • Rigging and Hoisting
  • Cranes
  • Reinforcing
  • Pre-Stresses/Post-Tensions
  • Erection, Assembly and Installation
  • Maintenance and Upgrading

If you have 6300 (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 completed the Ironworker - Generalist Foundation program you will be able to receive credit for 450 hours of work based training and level one of technical training towards the Ironworker - Generalist apprenticeship program.

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

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

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