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Meina K, an H2H success story.

Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) Canada is a registered not for profit organization providing opportunities in the construction and related industries for serving, transitioning and former military. Helmets to Hardhats is the leading construction industry gateway for the men and women who have served in Canada's military.
H2H works with the balanced community of Building Trades Unions and Employers to ensure registrants receive only the best industry wages & benefits. H2H is recognized as a leading service provider by Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, and Canada's 14 Building Trade Unions along with leading industry Business Owners.

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Painter

Consider a civilian career as a Painter. Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They are employed by construction companies, painting contractors and building maintenance departments, or they may be self-employed. Card image cap

Fast Track

Equivalencies available (based on experience & courses) for MOS ID:
  • 00306 - Construction Technician
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Earn while you Learn

Apprenticeship involves both classroom studies and on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified Painter and Decorator, called a journeyperson.

As an apprentice, you earn while you learn and are paid by the hour while working on the job site. Wages start at about 55 per cent of a journeyperson’s hourly rate and increase during your apprenticeship until you reach the full rate.

Entering an apprenticeship program Requirements for painter and decorator apprenticeship programs vary across Canada. In most provinces and territories, you must have a Grade 9 education or equivalent to enter the program.

Apprenticeship training programs for painters and decorators vary across Canada, but generally involve three 12-month periods, including at least 3,900 hours of on-the-job training, three eight-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate exam.

Related work experience or completion of a painter and decorator program at a college or technical institute can reduce the time required to complete your apprenticeship.

Certification

Certification is required in Quebec, and is available but voluntary in all other provinces and territories. Even where certification is voluntary, it is still recommended as it tells employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional, and it also helps you get jobs.

To be certified as a Painter and Decorator, you usually need to complete a three-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

You may be eligible for certification in some provinces and territories if you have more than three years of on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses for painters and decorators.

As a certified Painter and Decorator, you may write the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Painter and Decorator anywhere in Canada.

More information:
Careers in Construction
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
Union Locals
How to become a professional painter

Featured Employer

BWXT

BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has over 60 years of expertise and experience in the design, manufacturing, commissioning and service of nuclear power generation equipment. This includes steam generators, nuclear fuel and fuel components, critical plant components, parts and related plant services. BWXT Canada’s sister company, BWXT Medical Ltd. (BWXT Medical) provides its customers, who conduct life-saving medical procedures for patients around the world, the benefit of decades of experience in the development, manufacturing, packaging and delivery of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, BWXT in Canada has approximately 1,600 employees at locations in Cambridge, Peterborough, Toronto, Arnprior, Pickering, Port Elgin, Owen Sound, Kanata and Oakville, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia. BWXT Canada is a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc.
 


 

As a supplier of over 305 CANDU and pressurized water reactor steam generators worldwide, as well as other major plant components and fuel, BWXT has the knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions for all areas of plant operations from the nuclear reactor itself to conventional systems, replacement reactor vessel closure heads, pressurizers, primary piping, critical heat exchangers, and spent fuel storage.
BWXT services can be provided in a variety of ways through staff augmentation, specific scope projects or on a turnkey basis.
 
When commercially available systems are not adequate to meet current challenges for the nuclear industry, BWXT develops the services, techniques and equipment needed to address or correct the problem


For more information please visit their website at www.bwxt.com.

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