Ironworker Training Updates

Effective December 5, 2019, on-the-job training hours are increasing in ironworker programs. This means apprentices who register on or after December 5, 2019 will need 1,620 on-the-job training hours for each period. 

Apprentices registered in any ironworker apprentice program BEFORE December 5, 2019, will not have their hours increased and will have until August 31, 2023 to complete their apprenticeship program under the previous hours. If they become cancelled and do not contact AIT within 30 days of the cancellation date, they may have to register in the program with the on-the-job hours increase. 

Once they have successfully completed an ironworker program, they may be able to apply previous credits from any common period(s) of training towards an additional journeyperson certificate in the ironworker trade. 

Increasing hours as part of the national apprenticeship harmonization plan makes it easier for apprentices to move throughout Canada and enables employers to access a greater pool of apprentices from other jurisdictions. Learn more about apprentice mobility here.  

Apprenticeship Program

The total hours for each ironworker apprenticeship program are now: 

  • Metal Building Systems Erector:  1,620 hours over two periods of training = 3,240 hours. 
  • Compared to 1,500 hours over two periods of training = 3,000 hours.  
  • Reinforcing:  1,620 hours over two periods of training = 3,240 hours.  
  • Compared to 1,500 hours over two periods of training = 3,000 hours. 
  • Structural/Ornamental:  1,620 hours over three periods of training = 4,860 hours.  
  • Compared to 1,500 hours over three periods of training = 4,500 hours. 

Trades Qualifier (TQ) Program 

On December 5, 2019, changes to the hours requirements for the Trades Qualifier program for all three ironworker programs are: 

  • Metal Building Systems Erector increase to 36 months and 4,860 hours. 
  • Compared to 36 months and 4,500 hours. 
  • Reinforcing increase to 36 months and 4,860 hours. 
  • Compared to 36 months and 4,500 hours. 
  • Structural/Ornamental increase from 54 months and 7,290 hours. 
  • Compared to 54 months and 6,750 hours. 

Ironworker - Generalists 

The ironworker - generalist branch was discontinued on September 1, 2017. Any apprentice registered in this program before this date has until August 31, 2023 to successfully complete the ironworker - generalist journeyperson certification.  

If an apprentice is cancelled, the individual has 30 days to contact AIT to be reinstated. After 30 days, they may be reinstated or counselled to re-apply in one of three active ironworker apprenticeship programs:  ironworker (metal building systems erector)ironworker (reinforcing), or ironworker (structural/ornamental)and complete 1,620 hours per period. 

Apprentices registered in the ironworker generalist program on or after September 1, 2017 will not be reinstated and will need to reapply in one of three active ironworker apprenticeship programs:  ironworker (metal building systems erector)ironworker (reinforcing), or ironworker (structural/ornamental)and complete 1,620 hours per period. 

Previously earned technical training credits and on-the-job hours under the ironworker – generalist apprenticeship program may be transferred to any of the three active ironworker apprenticeship programs.