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Full-time Apprenticeship 3830appr

Insulators are Energy Conservation Specialists

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

Apprentices beginning Level 1-4 after September 1, 2019 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program. Please see the Harmonized Apprentice section below for further information.

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

You must be an active apprentice registered with the Industry Training Authority to register for apprenticeship training at BCIT.

Recommended for success

Grade 10 education or equivalent*, including:

*High school graduation is preferred.

Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

International applicants

BCIT welcomes apprentice training requests from Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. View programs that accept international students

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

Register for apprentice training

Consult the training schedule to find a date that is suitable to both you and your employer. Please schedule each level of your technical training at least eight months apart to benefit most from your training.

Complete an Apprentice Training Request Form [PDF]* and submit by fax, mail or in person with a $200 commitment fee for each level that you choose. You may also register by phone at 604-456-8100

  • Apprentice Training Requests which do not include the $200 commitment fee per level will not be processed or held. There will be no follow up correspondence from BCIT.
  • The $200 commitment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to future intakes.
  • Your commitment fee is applied to your tuition.

Apprentices must complete each level of apprentice training in sequential order. For example, apprentices must complete Level 1 before continuing on to Level 2.

*Apprentice Training Request Forms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Disclosure of personal information and privacy notice

BCIT Apprentice Services reserves the right to communicate with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and your active employer sponsor about your registration, progress, and related academic information. BCIT also shares apprentice registration information with Work BC. If you have questions about the protection of your personal information, you may contact the BCIT Information Access and Privacy Office.

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Within two business days of submitting your apprentice training request, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your training request will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your training request within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Apprentices are expected to bring their CSA-approved steel-toed boots. Cost of books/supplies to be determined.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.


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

Class hours

0730-1400, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Program matrix

Level 1 (5 weeks) Credits
  AIHF 1GAP Insulator (Heat and Frost) Apprenticeship Level 1 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 10.0
Level 2 (5 weeks) Credits
  AIHF 2GAP Insulator (Heat and Frost) Apprenticeship Level 2 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 10.0
Level 3 (4 weeks) Credits
  AIHF 3GAP Insulator (Heat and Frost) Apprenticeship Level 3 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 8.0
Level 4 (4 weeks) Credits
  AIHF 4GAP Insulator (Heat and Frost) Apprenticeship Level 4 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 8.0
Total Credits: 36.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The total amount of in-school training for a heat and frost insulator apprenticeship is 480 hours. There are four levels of training; each is four weeks long.


Minimum passing grade is 70%.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web:

BCIT Apprentice Services can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

Department Contact Information:

  • Ken Jakobsson, Heat and Frost Insulator IP
  • Todd Lewis, Heat and Frost insulator IP

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