Welcome to the new NAIT.ca! We encourage you to explore the site and provide your feedback.



Apply Now

Need more info? Learn how to apply.


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 ironworker. You want to fabricate, construct and join scaffolding, structural steel buildings, ornamental ironwork and pre-cast structures. You want to specialize in metalwork and are comfortable working at heights.

But you need to learn more and choose from 3 specialized branches of the ironworker trade, which include ironworker – metal building systems erector, ironworker – reinforcing or ironworker – structural/ornamental. You want to learn how to erect and install scaffolding, construction cranes, derricks and other hoisting equipment, including assembling rigging (cables, pulleys, hooks) to move heavy equipment and materials.

Did You Know

We have been delivering ironworker training at NAIT since 1965.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

At NAIT, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

Here are some of the other subjects covered in the Ironworker apprenticeship program at NAIT, however some duties might be different depending on your specialization:

  • reading blueprints and specifications to lay out the work
  • unloading and stacking steel units for hoisting
  • attaching cables and directing crane operators using hand signals or radios
  • positioning steel units, aligning holes and inserting temporary bolts
  • assembling and erecting pre-fabricated metal structures
  • selecting, cutting, bending, positioning and securing steel bars or wire mesh in concrete forms
  • installing ornamental and other structural metalwork such as curtain walls, metal stairways, railings and power doors
  • unloading and installing pre-cast components

PPE Requirements

Please ensure you have the following personal protective equipment (PPE) when you arrive for the first day of classes. Find everything you need online at shop.nait.ca.

  • CSA-approved steel toe boots (min. 6”)
  • clear safety glasses
  • safety gloves
  • hard hat
  • seasonal workwear

Training at NAIT

The Ironworker apprenticeship term varies based on your specialization:

  • Ironworker – Metal Building Systems Erector
    • 2 years (two 12-month periods)
  • Ironworker – Reinforcing
    • 2 years (two 12-month periods)
  • Ironworker – Structural/Ornamental
    • 3 years (three 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1500 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 6 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence

As an ironworker, you will be employed primarily by construction contractors, but depending on your specialization, you might also be employed by metal fabricators, oil and gas producers, iron and steel producers, electrical utility contractors or the rail transport industry. Very few ironworkers are self-employed.

In the construction industry, some employment is on a project-to-project basis and may require travelling long distances from job to job. Employment may be affected by the economic climate or the volume of construction work available.

Experienced ironworkers may advance to supervisory positions like foreman, construction superintendent or training coordinator.

Have questions?

Contact Student Service Centre

General program information

Email: Manufacturing@nait.ca


View periods for this program

Tuition & Fees

Get an estimate on cost to attend

How to Apply

Information on admissions process

Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

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. Once your training has been completed, you will be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta to become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1
(common to all specializations)

The first period of training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in general safety, oxy-fuel equipment and tack welding, drawing interpretation and mathematics and level 1 rigging.

Period 2
(only for ironworker – reinforcing)

The second period of training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in drawing interpretation and mathematics, along with reinforced concrete and trade-related knowledge.

Period 3
(only for ironworker – metal building systems erector and ironworker – structural/ornamental)

The third period of training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in drawing interpretation and level 2 rigging, as well as structural steel and metal building systems.

Period 4
(only for ironworker – structural/ornamental)

The fourth period of training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in ornamental and miscellaneous iron, curtain walls, advanced rigging and trade-related knowledge.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $235.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 2

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $180.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 3

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $190.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 4

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $165.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

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.

Apply nowHow to apply checklist

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.

Explore our available Scholarships and Bursaries

Red Seal

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

Learn more

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.

Learn more

Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

Apply Now How to Apply