Insulators apply, remove and repair thermal and acoustical insulation (for example, calcium silicate, glass foam, mineral wool, styrofoam, fibreglass) on all types of industrial equipment (for example, duct piping, heat exchangers, tanks, vessels). For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.
Under Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and Insulator Trade Regulation, you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice.
What You Need
The term of apprenticeship for apprentice insulators in Alberta is four years (four 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,375 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training in each of the first two years, 1,300 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training in the third year and 1,600 hours of on-the-job training in the fourth year. Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.
Working in Alberta
Insulators trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.
Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).