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Insulator (Heat and Frost) Apprentice


Credential: Apprenticeship
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn to apply, remove and repair thermal and acoustical insulation on all types of commercial and industrial equipment.


Average Hourly Wage


Periods of Training

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $919.93
Year 2: $919.93
Year 3: $919.93

*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 apprenticeship intakes open on May 15, 2019

Program Details

Program description

If you are comfortable working at heights and like precise tasks, then you will enjoy a career as an insulator. As an insulator (heat and frost), you will apply, remove and repair thermal and acoustical insulation (e.g. calcium silicate, glass foam, mineral wool, Styrofoam, fibreglass) on all types of commercial and industrial equipment (e.g. duct piping, heat exchangers, tanks, vessels).

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 a method of securing the insulation (e.g. spraying, pinwelding, wiring, pasting, strapping, taping) according to the type and shape of surface, whether or not the equipment is cold or hot, inside or outside, and what the equipment is going to be used for, 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.

Your career 

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.

As a journeyperson, you will likely make a wage between $30 - $42 and hour depending on your employer.

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.

Student success

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

  • Manual dexterity
  • The strength, stamina and ability to use proper lifting tehcniques 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. 

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 30 and Chemistry 30 
  • 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.

After you register

Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Next steps >


Apprentices in this trade will spend 3 years (four 12-month periods) of on-the-job training and technical training at SAIT. Technical training will be 7 weeks each year.

Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice
Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer 
Sign contract and recieve record book
Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts
Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1517 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 7 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1517 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 7 weeks at SAIT
Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1517 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend third period of technical training for 7 weeks at SAIT
Pass third period Trade Qualification Exam 
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam

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 Lab & Material fees 2020/21 total
1 $735 $50 $62.93 $72 $919.93
2 $735 $50 $62.93 $72 $919.93
3 $735 $50 $62.93 $72 $919.93


Student support fee: $25 
Student technology fee: $25

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.

Wellness centre

Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetteball courts and eight room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.

Financial planning tool

Our apprenticeship cost calculator can help you make a financial plan by identifying and adding up your expected expenses while attending SAIT — find out exactly how much money you need to save, seek or borrow to get you through your studies.


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