Apprenticeship is a way to learn job skills while you work and earn good wages. It combines classroom study with on-the-job experience under the supervision of a certified heat and frost insulator, called a journeyperson.
As an apprentice, you earn while you learn and are paid by the hour while working on the job site. Wages start at about 60% of a journeyperson's hourly rate and increase during your apprenticeship, until you reach the full rate. Tuition costs vary depending on where you study, but generally range between $140 to $700 per session. There are additional expenses for books and other materials, but the cost of training is more than offset by your earnings.
Technical training for the in-class component of apprenticeship is offered at many public and private institutions. It's your responsibility to choose a training institution and register as an apprentice. You'll also have to work with your employer to schedule your classroom studies at appropriate times.
Apprenticeship training programs for heat and frost insulators vary across Canada. They typically involve four 12-month periods, including at least 5,650 hours of on-the-job training, three 6-to-8-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate examination.
Related work experience or completion of a heat and frost insulator program at a college or technical institute can reduce the time required to complete your apprenticeship.