Job requirements Ironworker in Canada

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "ironworker" was moved from the group Ironworkers (NOC 7236) to the group Ironworkers (NOC 72105).

Find out what you typically need to work as an ironworker in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Ironworkers (NOC 72105).

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 Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Ironworker- Metal Building Systems Erector Regulated Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Ironworker- Structural/ornemental Regulated Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Ironworker- Reinforcing Regulated Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Manitoba Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba (available in French only)
New Brunswick Ironworker (generalist) Regulated Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Government of New Brunswick
Ironworker (reinforcing) Regulated Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Government of New Brunswick
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Ironworker (generalist) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Ironworker (reinforcing) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Ironworker (structural/ornamental) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Government 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 (structural/ornamental) Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Ironworker Generalist Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Reinforcing Roadworker Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Precast Concrete Erector 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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