Architectural Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship Overview:

  • Upon registration of apprenticeship, apprentices are indentured with Sheet Metal Industry Training Board (SMITB)  and registered with the SkilledTradesBC (provincial government)
  • A Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Agreement is usually for a period of three years (4800 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 three years — three 6-week sessions


  • Apprentices are subject to $600 tuition per 6-week session of training

Pay Rates:

  • 1 st year apprentice rate of pay is currently at $22.98/hr + 12% Vacation Pay + Health Benefits + Pension. For further information, please refer to What You Should Know external link
  • 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

Completion of Apprenticeship Requirements:

  • 4800 work-based hours
  • Successful completion (achieve 70% or higher) of 18 weeks in-school technical training (6 weeks per level)
  • Pass all level exams and achieve 70% or higher on the SkilledTradesBC Certificate of Qualification Exam

Upon completion of all requirements, the SkilledTradesBC issues a BC Certificate of Qualification.