To start as a sheet metal pre-apprentice, applicants must write the Sheet Metal Entrance Standard Exam at our Training Centre or at SMART Local Union #280.

    1. Learn about the Entrance Standard Exam by reading the Featured Sample Exam document.

    2. Call to make an appointment to write the evaluation exam:

      • Call the Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre (604-882-7680 Ext.101 ) to make an appointment to write the entrance exam.  The exam can be written: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre (19077-95A Ave, Surrey).
      • There is also an option to do the exam and fill out forms at SMART Local Union #280 (6188 Kingsway, Burnaby V5J 1H5) if this is more convenient. Please call SMART Local Union #280 (604-430-3388) to arrange a date and time.
      • Note that the exam takes two hours and covers Math and English Comprehension.
      • The exam is for evaluation purposes only and is used to determine if a pre-apprentice will need math upgrading when he/she is later converted to a registered apprentice. No pass/fail.
    3. After the evaluation exam:

      • After the exam, applicants will receive a list of potential employers.
      • Applicants will be asked to update their resumes, and actively target employers about current employment as a sheet metal pre-apprentice.
      • When applicants find a job, know their start date and notify the Training Centre about their employment, they will be directed to sign up as a member and will go on the pre-apprentice list at SMART Local Union #280
      • When applicants have made their attempts at finding work and did not succeed, they shall contact SMART Local Union #280 at 604-430-3388 for further direction. *Please note that applicants should not sign up as a member until they have a job and know their start date.

When you are accepted as a member by SMART Local Union #280, you will receive our biannual newsletter by mail.