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  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
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The Insulator (Heat and Frost) program at BCIT is your starting point to a challenging, fulfilling and monetarily rewarding career. Heat and frost insulators fabricate and install various types of insulations on pipe, steam systems, storage tanks, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and refrigeration systems. In institutional and industrial applications, insulators install fire stop and fireproofing materials and soundproofing. They also fabricate and install weather vapour barrier jacketing, on piping systems and equipment.

Insulators are energy conservation specialists and skilled tradespeople. They are employed at industrial, institutional commercial and large residential construction sites. They work alone or in small crews and are often called upon to solve problems as they come up. As a result, they must be well-trained and experienced in all aspects of the trade.

The apprenticeship process requires time on the job and in the classroom. The apprentice must complete a four-year program including 5,920 workplace hours and 480 in-school hours of training, plus two at-home training packages.

Insulator (Heat and Frost) is a recognized RED SEAL program by the Industry Training Authority of BC.

Insulator (Heat and Frost) Harmonized Apprenticeship

New Apprentices starting the program after September 1, 2019 will be required to complete all levels in the harmonized program.

Current Apprentices are encouraged to complete all levels before August 31, 2019.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Each year in the program is a building block to the next. Here is what you can expect in each of the four years of your apprenticeship.

First year

  • Fundamental Insulation Skills 1 – Basic Skills and Practices
  • Math 101- Problem Solving Techniques
  • Use And Care Of Tools
  • Fire Stop 503 – History, Selecting, and Installing Fire Stop Materials
  • CSTS Safety Training – WHMIS, OHS and ACSA Standards

Second year

  • Fundamental Insulation Skills 2 – Equipment
  • Math 212 – Geometry
  • Vapour Barriers 501
  • Green Awareness Training in the Mechanical Insulation Industry – Introduction to USGBC and LEED

Third year

  • Metal 311 / 312 – Jacketing
  • Basic Trigonometry 101
  • Labour History 501

Fourth year

  • Arch 411 – Blueprints, Codes and Specifications
  • Removable Insulation 401 – Pads and Hardcovers
  • SPVN 411 – Effective Supervision

Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services
Building SW1, First Floor
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2

Phone: 604-456-8100
Toll-free: 1-800-667-0676
Fax: 604-435-1197

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