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  • 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.

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  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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

  • 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.


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The tuition and fee amounts below are estimates based on current academic year’s rates. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. Actual fees may vary by term and enrolment activities. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more detailed information.

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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.

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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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