Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The lather (interior systems mechanic) apprenticeship term is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in each year.
Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.
The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in codes, regulations and general safety, tools, equipment and materials, walls, exterior stucco preparation, drywall applications, component ceiling systems, air and moisture barriers, blueprint reading and trade mathematics.
The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in fire resistive and accoustical ratings, wind/load bearing wall and floor systems, metal lath partitions, walls and ceilings, shaft wall systems, component and specialty ceiling systems, demountable partition systems, specialized systems, exterior insulation finish systems, blueprint reading and trade mathematics.
The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in advanced ceiling systems, renovations, walls and fireproofing, specialized environments, blueprint reading and business fundamentals. They also complete a final period practical project.