On the advice of the employer, the Training Centre changes the status from a Pre-apprentice to a 1st year registered Apprentice.

About apprenticeship:

  • Upon registration of apprenticeship, apprentices are indentured with the SMITB and registered with the Industry Training Authority – ITA (provincial government)
  • A Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Agreement is usually for a period of four years (6400 hours)
  • Approximately one year after the registration of apprenticeship, apprentices are assigned to technical training at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre Society
  • Apprentices attend technical training  for a period of four years — four 6-week sessions
  • Apprentices are subject to $600 tuition per 6-week session of training
  • All indentured apprentices have $1.00 per hours deducted from their wages to be held in trust by the Trustees of the Sheet Metal Industry Training Board until the apprentice attends technical training. The accumulated trust funds will be paid back to the apprentice on the second Friday of their technical training session.
  • 1 st year apprentice rate of pay is currently at $19.92/hr + 12% Vacation Pay + Health Benefits + Pension. *For further information, please refer to What You Should Know external link.

Completion of apprenticeship requires an apprentice to:

  1. achieve 6400 worked hours
  2. attend four 6-week sessions of technical training
  3. pass all level exams and the Inter Provincial (IP) Exam

Upon completion of all requirements, the ITA issues a BC Certificate of Qualification and Interprovincial Red Seal.


***If you are already registered as an apprentice with the ITA, you may be granted credit for your previous relevant work experience with the approval of the current sponsor. For any further information, please visit www.itabc.ca or contact the ITA at customerservice@itabc.ca