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Apprentice ornamental iron worker OR apprentice structural steel erector

The regulatory change will have an impact on holders of an apprentice competency certificate (ACC) for the trade of ornamental iron worker or structural steel erector, depending on whether they have completed their apprenticeship or not.

The step to take depends on the number of hours you have worked as of July 18, 2013.

Fewer than 4,000 apprenticeship hours accumulated

The current ACC will be converted into an ironworker ACC.

You must, however, complete a third apprenticeship period of 2,000 hours before taking the provincial qualification examination for the trade of ironworker. In other words, an apprentice ironworker must complete three apprenticeship periods of 2,000 hours (a total of 6,000 hours) before being eligible to take the ironworker provincial qualification exam. Once you have passed the exam, you will obtain your ironworker journeyman competency certificate (JCC).

4,000 apprenticeship hours accumulated

Apprentices will have until July 17, 2014, to pass the provincial qualification exam for their own trade (ornamental iron worker or structural steel erector). Their options then vary depending on whether they pass or fail the exam:

1. The apprentice passes the exam in his or her current trade (ornamental iron worker or structural steel erector)

Once the apprentice has passed the exam, he or she will obtain a JCC for his or her trade.

If the apprentice took the Montage structural et architectural program (5299) in 2006 or after, he or she will not have to take complementary training, which was integrated into the study program.

If he or she took the Montage structural et architectural program before 2006 or was admitted to the construction industry due to labour shortage, he or she must take complementary training. This training must be taken successfully by July 17, 2013 if the apprentice wants to obtain an ironworker JCC. If he or she does not pass the complementary training by July 17, 2018, the JCC will be converted into an ironworker ACC, and he or she will then be considered to be in his or her third apprenticeship period.

2. The apprentice fails the exam for his or her current trade (ornamental iron worker or structural steel erector)

This person has the right to take the qualification exam for his or her current trade one more time. The exam must be retaken before July 17, 2014.

If the apprentice does not retake the exam or fails again, he or she will have to complete an extra apprenticeship period of 2,000 hours. Once he or she has completed 6,000 hours of apprenticeship, he or she will be eligible to take the qualification exam for the trade of ironworker.

This person may also decide to complete his or her apprenticeship (for a total of 6,000 hours) and be admitted directly to the ironworker provincial qualification exam.