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Construction Boilermaker Apprenticeship

Credential: Certificate of Apprenticeship Program Code: 06391 Length: 8 weeks

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Apprenticeship Registration

If you have recently received an Offer of Classroom Training, issued by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), you are required to register into one of the apprenticeship classes listed below.

Note: If you have not received an Offer of Classroom Training or are not yet a registered apprentice you are not eligible to register. For information about becoming an apprentice, contact The Centre for Trades and Technology at

Our Program

Humber’s Construction Boilermaker Apprenticeship program provides the required technical training and in-school classes to become a boilermaker apprentice. You’ll also acquire the welding certifications that are required by a journey person construction boilermaker. Boilermakers are skilled tradespeople who build, install and maintain boilers, tanks and vessels – huge steel containers with thick, solid walls that hold liquids and gases and must withstand a great deal of pressure for a long period of time. Boilermaking requires a high degree of technical skill and knowledge along with good communication and mathematical skills. Physical strength and stamina will give you an advantage, as will the ability to work at great heights.


Work Placement

Boilermakers serve a 6,600-hour apprenticeship with 720 hours allocated to three levels of in-school training. The Construction Boilermaker Apprenticeship Committee Local 128 directs work assignments.

Your Career

It’s an exciting time to forge a lifelong career in a trade where so much is on a grand scale. For example, Petro-Canada’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel – a ship-shaped production platform – is one of the largest ever built, containing 14 oil tanks that can store 960,000 barrels of oil from Newfoundland’s Terra Nova oil fields. Up to 40 percent of current boilermakers are expected to retire in the next few years, increasing the demand for skilled workers to maintain, repair and retrofit existing facilities and to meet the needs of the current wave of industrial construction. At the same time, advancing technology, new materials and modern production techniques such as modular construction and computer-assisted design are also changing the boilermaker field rapidly. The skills you develop in your apprenticeship program will be much in demand.

You’ll also enjoy the travel, camaraderie and pride that come with creating something tangible from raw materials, while working at construction sites, at nuclear power plants, heavy water plants, refineries and chemical manufacturers. You can also work in boiler production plants as industrial facilities turn increasingly to smaller prefabricated boilers.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Apprentices completing the required in-school training are issued a Certificate of Apprenticeship from Humber College. Upon successful completion of in-school and on-the-job training, apprentices may write the Ontario Certificate of Qualification trade exam.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

How to Become an Apprentice

  1. Find an employer who is willing to train you in the field you want to apprentice in. Humber College does not find an employer for you.
  2. Once you find a company that will take you on as an apprentice you must contact The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities who will come to your place of employment and register you as an apprentice.
  3. Sign a contract of apprenticeship or training agreement with your employer and Training Consultant from the Apprenticeship Board of the Ontario government.Complete on the job training and the required working hours.
  4. Complete in-school training arranged by your Training Consultant at your assigned community college.
  5. Challenge and pass the trade certification exam and receive a grade of at least 70%.
  6. Receive your Certificate of Qualifications and journeyperson status.

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