Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

Metal Fabricators build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries. They must be familiar with the properties of metal and know how to operate specialized metalworking machines. Metal Fabricator is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal Program. Metal Fabricators can work for sheet metal fabrication and welding shops, and for manufacturers of structural steel, boilers, plate workers, heavy machinery and transportation equipment. They can work for shipbuilding companies and for welding, ironwork and sheet metal work contractors. Metal fabrication is a good foundational skill to have in many rapidly evolving industries, such as aviation. The work of a Metal Fabricator is often intricate and highly precise.

OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS THE METAL FABRICATOR (FITTER) PROGRAM WILL BE CHANGING. WHERE ARE WE NOW?

APRIL 2017 - MARCH 2018

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Harmonized* Current** Current**

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in April 2017

**Current = Program stream for apprentices who've completed level 1 training before April 2017

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact ITA Customer Service

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION - Level 1 in effect April 2017

Program Profile

Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification

Download (155 PDF KB)

Program Outline

Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers

Download (717 PDF KB)

Exam Weighting Charts

The Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched.

Level 1 (131 PDF KB)

See below for information about the current program. 

Program Updates:

As we transition to the Harmonized Metal Fabricator (Fitter) program, it is important that you are accessing the correct information. For details of changes to the program, please refer to this OPSN 2016 016. For information about the Transition Plan, please see the Program Update.If you have any questions, please contact ITA Customer Service

Harmonized Level 1 Standard Level Exam (SLE) has been launched, see OPSN-2017-019 for details. 

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 158.95 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 718.64 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 20.51 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 66.01 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 141.77 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 75.04 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 93.75 KB)