Boilermaker (Construction Boilermaker)

Construction Boilermakers use blueprints and other plans to construct, install, and repair boilers, tanks, and other large containers that hold liquids and gases. These vessels or boilers are used to contain everything from steam in an electric power plant to oil, chemicals and other liquids that we use daily. A Construction Boilermaker is designated as a Boilermaker under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Construction Boilermakers work on heat exchangers and other heavy metal structures and use brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and other tools during the course of their work. Because boilers and other heavy metal products typically last 20 to 40 years or more, Construction Boilermakers also inspect and maintain these structures to ensure they are safe and efficient. Construction Boilermakers also fit and join tubes, gauges, valves and other components that attach to the boiler or vessel and then test these systems for leaks or other defects. They sometimes are required to install heat-resistant materials around the systems to protect other workers. Construction Boilermakers can often be found in the maintenance departments of large industrial complexes and electric power generating plants.

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 147.68 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 426.89 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 453.74 KB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 31.27 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.


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 144.8 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 53.05 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 77.05 KB)