Heat and frost insulation is a designated trade in all provinces and territories, except Manitoba. That means that the trade is regulated by provincial and territorial government offices of apprenticeship and training. Each office has an Act that provides for formal apprenticeship training and issues Certificates of Qualification for heat and frost insulators. Certification proves that you are qualified to work as a heat and frost insulator and are able to meet your province or territory's standards.
To be certified as a heat and frost insulator, you usually need to complete a four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the on-the-job training, technical training and examinations required by the program, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.
Apprenticeship training for heat and frost insulators is optional in all provinces and territories, except Quebec. Heat and frost insulators in Quebec are required to register in an apprenticeship program before they can begin work in the trade.
Most heat and frost insulation apprentices start out on the job, working for an insulation contractor. After they gain some practical experience, they register as an apprentice. For more information on apprenticeship programs, visit Apprenticeship Opportunities.
Heat and frost insulation is project-based. If you're signed up with a labour organization or open shop association, you'll be contacted when a job comes up. If you're self-employed, it's up to you to contact employers and let them know when you're available. A contract's duration can range from one month to two years, depending on the project.
It's important to maintain regular contact with your hiring organization, as it will ensure you maintain a high profile among potential employers and lead to continued work opportunities. Many contractors have a steady core of people to whom they provide regular, full-time work. If you earn a good reputation as a reliable, skilled worker, you can earn a spot at the top of these employers' lists and find work whenever you want it.