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The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


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.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be an insulator. You already know how to apply non-conductive materials to prevent and reduce the passage of heat, cold and sound on industrial, plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment. You’re familiar with various types of insulation and applications.

But you want to learn more, like how to repair different types of thermal and acoustical insulation, including calcium silicate, glass foam, mineral wool, Styrofoam or fibreglass. Maybe you want more training on how to fit insulation around obstructions, or how to finish insulated surfaces with metal cladding or canvas.

Here are some of the other subjects covered in the Insulator apprenticeship program at NAIT:

  • weatherproofing with canvas jacketing, PVC, aluminum, stainless steel and mastic
  • asbestos removal and abatement
  • cutting, fabricating and installing fibreglass, mineral wool, foamglass, calcium silicate, polystyrenes and polyurethanes

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you aren’t afraid of working at heights and like to complete precise tasks, then you’ll enjoy working as an insulator.

Insulators work both indoors and outdoors, sometimes in cramped or potentially hazardous circumstances, such as on ladders or scaffolding. You will often work using materials that are dusty, itchy or toxic. Therefore, safety precautions including the use of respirators, coveralls and safety glasses are paramount.

To be successful as an insulator, you must have:

  • manual dexterity
  • the ability to lift up to 25 kgs
  • the agility required to work in cramped spaces
  • the willingness to work in hot and cold environments

Training at NAIT

The Insulator apprenticeship term is:

  • 3 years (three 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1600 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 7 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence

As an insulator, you’ll be employed by construction companies, insulation contractors or industrial plants. This occupation can be subject to business cycle swings, leading to periods of unemployment.

Insulators can advance to supervisory positions, such as foreman or superintendent, or may become estimators, who review blueprints and determine how much material is needed and how long the work will take.




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Period 1

The first period of technical training is 7 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in safety regulations, insulation materials and application, insulation accessories, tools and equipment, asbestos, trade mathematics, and blueprint reading and pattern development.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 7 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in trade mathematics, blueprint reading and pattern development, as well as safety, noise control and exposure to heat and cold, canvas on piping, ducts and equipment, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe, lags and prefab fittings, introduction to metals and miscellaneous applications.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 7 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in trade mathematics, blueprint reading and pattern development, as well as safety, tools and codes, metal fabrication, equipment layout, pipe rack layout and extruded foam pattern development.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Books & Supplies: $153.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $126.88
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Period 2

  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Books & Supplies: $95.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $126.88
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Period 3

  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Books & Supplies: $64.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $126.88
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Beyond the Classroom

Improve your skills or explore new abilities by participating in clubs, competitions and student showcase events. You'll also get access to the best equipment available on the market.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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