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Insulator (Heat and Frost)


Length: 3 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Blended

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Learn to apply, remove and repair thermal and acoustical insulation on all types of commercial and industrial equipment - such as calcium silicate, glass foam, mineral wool, styrofoam and fibreglass - on all types of commercial and industrial equipment.

If you are comfortable working at heights and like precise tasks, then you'll enjoy a career as an insulator.

Throughout your career, you will read and interpret drawings and specifications to determine insulation requirements, select the amount and type of insulation to be installed as well as the method of securing the insulation according to the type and shape of the surface, whether or not the equipment is cold or hot, inside or outside and what the equipment is going to be used for.

You'll also measure, cut and fit insulating material and coverings to the required shape and dimension, install vapour barriers and finish insulated surfaces by applying metal cladding, canvas, plastic sheeting or cement and remove or seal old asbestos insulation.

This is a non-compulsory trade – individuals can work in the trade without certification if the employer deems the individual to have the skills of a journeyperson. However, individuals who are working in the trade and learning the trade must become a registered apprentice.

This program is offered through blended delivery. Weeks 1-4 will be delivered online and weeks 5-7 will be delivered in class. 

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in the trade:

  • manual dexterity
  • the strength, stamina and ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items weighing up to 25 kilograms
  • the ability to work at various elevations, in confined spaces and in hot and cold environments
  • the ability to work alone in a team environment
  • a commitment to safe work habits


Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

This is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada. 

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice. As an insulator, you will likely be employed by construction companies, insulation contractors and industrial plants. You will work indoors and outdoors all year round in both commercial and industrial settings.

After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions or take on new apprentices. Insulators may advance to positions such as foreman, general foreman, site superintendent or other management opportunities. They may also advance to estimator positions. Estimators review blueprints for proposed work, determine how much material will be needed and how long the work will take. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.

$30 - $42
Average hourly wage
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $1,046.73
Year 2: $1,046.73
Year 3: $1,046.73

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for the 2021/22 academic year opens Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Making it happen

Starting his career as an electrician, then as a boom truck operator and now as an insulator, John Evans is truly a lifelong learner.

Admission and completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 10-2
  • Math 10-3


A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests


Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam

Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Science 20
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

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The term of apprenticeship for an insulator (heat and frost) is three years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1517 hours of on-the-job training and seven weeks of technical training each year.

Training pathway to become an insulator journeyperson

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures


Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2021/22 total
1 $786 $197.80 $62.93 $1,046.73
2 $786 $197.80 $62.93 $1,046.73
3 $786 $197.80 $62.93 $1,046.73

SAIT fees

Student support fee: $37.50  
Student technology fee: $37.50
Lab and materials fee: $77
Campus recreation fee: $45.80

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

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