Boilermaker: Request for Compulsory Trade Designation

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This online engagement was hosted on engageNL from September 23 to October 18, 2019.


The Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board (PACB) has received an application by industry representatives to designate the Boilermaker trade for compulsory certification.

The Boilermaker scope of work includes: constructing, installing, erecting and dismantling, testing, maintaining and repairing boilers, tanks and other vessels such as exchangers, process towers and smokestacks that contain liquids, gases and dry products. Boilermakers may be employed in construction and maintenance in a variety of industries such as metal fabricating, shipbuilding, petroleum and power generation (hydro, nuclear, thermal). Their work is performed indoors or outdoors and may be at extreme heights or underground. The work environment of Boilermakers can expose them to hazards conditions such as vibration, excessive noise, fumes, asbestos and other toxic environments, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and radiation.

What is a Compulsory Certified Trade?

Compulsory certified trades usually involve work where public and worker safety needs to be closely monitored, and includes consideration of consumer and environmental protection.

To work in a compulsory certified trade, an individual must either hold a recognized trade certificate (i.e., be a Journeyperson) or be a registered apprentice in the trade.

Impacts of Compulsory Certification:

For employees:
  • Workers who are not currently Journeypersons or registered apprentices will be required to:
    • register as apprentices with the Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division (ATCD);
    • work under the supervision of a certified Journeyperson and adhere to an apprentice/Journeyperson ratio in the trade; and
    • complete periodic training to advance towards Journeyperson certification.
  • If a decision is made to transfer the Boilermaker trade to compulsory certification, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will work to develop an implementation plan that includes transition and support options for current employees to become certified and continue working in the field.
For employers:
  • Employers will be required to:
    • follow the journeyperson to apprentice ratio outlined by the PACB;
    • periodically release employees to attend training to advance towards journeyperson certification; and
    • have a Journeyperson to oversee all hours and skills of the apprentice.
  • If a decision is made to transfer the Boilermaker trade to compulsory certification, support will be provided to all employers to ensure adequate time to meet the new requirements.

Get Involved

We are seeking input from employers and employees who perform Boilermaker work. This includes, but is not limited to, the following related trades: Boilermakers, Metal Fabricators, Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights), Steamfitter/Pipefitters, Ironworkers and Welders.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Online Survey:

This Survey will be available from September 23, 2019 to October 18, 2019. It should take you approximately 5-10 minutes to complete this survey.

Apprentices and employers may receive an email with information on how to access the survey. If you are an employee or employer of the Boilermaker trade, or one of the trades listed above and would like to participate in the survey, you can access the survey by emailing and indicating whether you are an employee or employer. You will then receive access to the survey by email.

If you are unable to access the survey or have technical difficulties while completing it, you can contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency at

Any additional inquiries can be forwarded to

Written Submissions:

If you prefer to participate with a written contribution, please email

The deadline for written submissions is October 18, 2019.

How will your input be used?

The information we receive will be reviewed by the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and Service NL. All feedback will be considered when developing the report regarding designation of the Boilermaker trade for compulsory certification.

Privacy Statement

The information is being collected and protected under the authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Please be assured that your answers will be kept strictly confidential and published in aggregate form only. No individuals will be identified in the survey’s results. Although participation is voluntary, your co-operation is important to ensure that the information collected is as accurate and as comprehensive as possible. If you have any questions concerning privacy or confidentiality, you can contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency at

Contact Us

Questions related to the survey’s purpose and/or its content should be directed to