Ironworker (Generalist)

“Ironworker (Generalist)” means a person who rigs, welds, burns, rivets, bolts, drills, fits and fabricates or otherwise handles structural shapes and plates in the erection, demolition, repair and routine maintenance of steel structures, such as buildings, towers, cranes, and bridges, and is involved with placing or moving machinery, curtain wall, window wall, tilt-up, column cladding, architectural metal, the detailing, placing, post-tensioning, pre-stressing and tying of reinforcing steel or cable including the unloading and handling of all such material in the field for work as is usually performed by a journeyperson Ironworker.

Record Book

Program Updates:

Those registering as apprentices or applying for challenge after September 1st, 2016 will be required to complete an increased number of work-based training hours (+540 for apprentices, +810 for challengers). This increase has come about as part of the Pan-Canadian Harmonization initiative.

Standardized Level Exams

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 138.61 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 837.43 KB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 40 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. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 171.16 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 178.62 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 176.09 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 320.48 KB)