Apprenticeship involves both classroom studies and on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified Gasfitter, called a journeyperson.
As an apprentice, you earn while you learn and are paid by the hour for your on-site placements. Wages start at about 50% of a journeyperson’s hourly rate and increase during your apprenticeship until you reach the full rate.
Entering an apprenticeship program
Requirements for gasfitter apprenticeship programs vary across Canada. To enter a gasfitter 1st Class apprenticeship program in most provinces and territories, you must have a Grade 9 education or equivalent and pass an entrance exam, or have gasfitter 2nd Class certification. To enter a gasfitter 2nd Class apprenticeship program you must be a certified Plumber or Steamfitter/Pipefitter.
Some provinces and territories offer secondary school apprenticeship programs that allow high school students to work towards a career as a Gasfitter.
Gasfitter apprenticeship programs vary across Canada. Gasfitter 1st Class apprenticeship programs generally involve three 12-month periods, including at least 4,500 hours of on-the-job training, three eight-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate exam. Gasfitter 2nd Class apprenticeship programs generally involve two 12-month periods, including at least 3,000 hours of on-the-job training, and two eight-week blocks of technical training.
Related work experience or completion of a gasfitter program at a college or technical institute can reduce the time required to complete your apprenticeship.
Certification is required in Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia and the Yukon. Where certification is not available, it may be possible to study as an apprentice through your local labour organization. Check out our related links to find out who to contact. Certification tells employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional. It also helps you get jobs.
To be certified as a Gasfitter, you usually need to complete a three-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.
You may be eligible for certification in some provinces and territories if you have several years of on-the-job experience and have completed a high school, college or industry program in gasfitting.
In addition to certification, a provincial gasfitting licence is usually required.
To keep their skills current, Gasfitters must keep up with new technologies by reading and speaking with others in the field.