Job requirements Ironworker in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as an ironworker in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Ironworkers (NOC 7236).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year apprenticeship program or Over three years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in ironworking are usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for ironworker (generalist) is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
  • Trade certification for ironworker (reinforcing) is compulsory in Quebec and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
  • Trade certification for ironworker (structural/ornamental) is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
  • Trade certification for ironworker (metal building systems erector) is compulsory in Alberta.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified ironworkers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Ironworker Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Ironworker- Metal Building Systems Erector Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Ironworker- Reinforcing Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Ironworker- Structural/ornemental Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
British Columbia Ironworker (generalist) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Manitoba Ironworker (generalist) Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
New Brunswick Ironworker (generalist) Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Ironworker (reinforcing) Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Ironworker (generalist) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Ironworker (reinforcing) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia Ironworker (generalist) Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Ironworker (reinforcing) Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Ontario Ironworker Generalist Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Precast Concrete Erector Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Reinforcing Roadworker Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Precast Concrete Finisher Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Ironworker (generalist) Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Ironworker (reinforcing) Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Reinforcing Steel Erector Regulated Commission de la Construction du Québec
Saskatchewan Ironworker (reinforcing) Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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