Fireproofing Apprenticeship Program

The fireproofing industry is committed to the development of fireproofing training through the Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA) Local 222 Union, and employers. A Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) was formed, allowing the JATC to address funding and basic safety training essentials. They are committed to a program of fireproofing training to further the development of trade skills.  


To contribute to the advancement and to add value to the plastering trade by promoting and providing quality technical and safety training.

Local 222's Fireproofing Apprenticeship Program is the first in its class in North America. We have members from across Canada attending our school for fireproofing training.

We currently offer 3 levels of training:

Level 1

  • Is an introduction to self development in terms of on-the-job roles and relationships
  • Importance of safety and its culture
  • Basic trade math fundamentals
  • Fireproofing applications, materials and equipment
  • Introduction to blueprinting; sketching, perspectives and terminology

Level 2

  • More in-depth interpretation of structural blueprints
  • Hands-on workshop

Level 3

  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between cost, blueprinting reading and material estimating

Note: Apprenticeship training can only be obtained through membership to Local 222.

To apply for membership, click the “Membership “ tab at the top of the screen.

Any questions around apprenticeship training, contact:
George Emery
Advanced Education and Technology
Edmonton, Alberta
Tel 780-422-6939


Plasterer Fireproofing–FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Regardless of the numbers of hours over and above the 500-2000 hours for Level 1, you are still required to complete Level 1.

No, you need to have completed Level 2 training + accumulated 3500 hours of work + met the Anniversary date requirement to achieve 3rd year rate. Therefore you need to attend Level 2 training. We have 3 levels of training:

  • Level 1 - minimum 2000 hours + anniversary date = 2nd year rate
  • Level 2 – minimum 3500 hours + anniversary date = 3rd year rate
  • Level 3 – minimum 5000 hours + anniversary date = journeyman rate

For further details, see the answer for Question 3 and if needed, click "Training Structure" in the left column.

In this situation, we need to follow the Collective Agreement criteria. Based on this, you qualify for Level 1 training.
Three criteria must be met each year:

  • Anniversary date
  • Hours worked in the trade
  • Training

As per our Alberta Collective Agreement - Article 14.01 (a)
Trainee - up to 500 hours employment
1st Year - up to 2000 hours employment at the trade
2nd Year - 2001 - 3500 hours employed at the trade
3rd Year - 3501 - 5000 hours employed at the trade
Journeyman - 5000+ hours employed at the trade

  • An apprentice is only allowed one change in classification per year.
  • This change is to occur on or after the member’s anniversary date. (Anniversary date: is the date that the last rate change occurred based on meeting all required criteria.)
  • Must achieve the minimum hours required
  • Attend appropriate training course as approved by the JATC and passing a subsequent exam

Example 1: - (Ideal scenario to have training and pay raises synchronize)

  1. Union start date: June 1, 2010 (Trainee rate and anniversary date)
  2. At 500 hours you receive your first year rate.
  3. Takes Level 1 training in January (2011) the following year.
  4. Goes back to work in March, achieves his 2000 hours and continues to work until June 2011.
  5. June 1, 2011, you get your 2nd year rate.

Note: all three criteria requirements have been met in a 12 month period

Example 2

  1. Union start date: June 1, 2010 (Trainee rate and anniversary date)
  2. At 500 hours you receive your first year rate
  3. Does NOT attend Level 1 training within a 12 month period.
  4. Continues working and on March 20, 2011 achieves 2000 hours; (no pay increase yet)
  5. Continues working through 2011 and achieves 3000 hours worked.
  6. Attends Level 1 training in January 2012
  7. Commences work February 20, 2012 = receives 2nd year rate and this becomes the new anniversary date. (All 3 criteria have been met).

Example 3

  1. Same first 6 steps as in example #2
  2. But now, apprentice does NOT start working again until May 2012
    = this becomes the new anniversary date.