Applied Certificate

Program Overview

As a student in the program, you will receive basic knowledge and develop skills to interpret drawings, place and test concrete, lift and shift loads of differing shapes and sizes, and erect and dismantle building components.

The Ironworker Applied Certificate program may be offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Moose Jaw Campus subject to a needs assessment, and may be delivered off-campus through continuing education and the regional college system.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Ironworkers field fabricate, weld, cut, erect and dismantle structural and ornamental metal work. They also erect and place pre-cast concrete, and rig and place machinery and equipment.

Graduates may find employment with heavy construction firms, metal fabricating businesses and commercial construction builders.

Ironworkers usually work full-time, often outdoors in all kinds of weather, and at great heights. The working environment tends to be fast-paced, and ironworkers are sometimes required to travel from one project to another.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies

For more information, contact Rick Thibault (Moose Jaw) at or 306-691-8462.

Length: 14 weeks


  • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.


Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

For tuition information, contact Steve Guillaume (Palliser campus) at or 306-691-8462.

BPRT 104
Drawing Interpretation
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You will learn about the responsibilities and opportunities in the ironworker trade. You will develop your ability to read and interpret basic drawings. The course covers the basic elements of a blueprint, symbols, abbreviations and structural shapes.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
COMM 127
Fundamental Communication Skills
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You will use fundamental employability skills related to obtaining and keeping a job. You will apply skills to work effectively with others and produce job-related documents. You will identify employability and practical skills to prepare effective job search materials and discuss the effect of attitudes and behaviours on a successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 127CE, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, PROF 100, TCOM 102, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Online, Online - Individual, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
MATE 104
Introduction to Re-Bar
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You will learn the properties of concrete, placing and testing procedures. You will learn basic wire ties, as well as rebar colour codes and sizes.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 10.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MATE 186
Materials Handling and Equipment
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Your studies meet Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) requirements for safety training required to operate mobile powered equipment. You will learn theory and practical operations on a variety of mobile powered equipment.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
MATH 117
Industrial Mathematics
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You will study basic math operations involving whole numbers, common and decimal fractions, percents and average, as used in the trade. Also, you will perform imperial and metric conversions, calculate perimeter, area and volume of objects, and solve some basic problems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
RIGG 104
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You will develop skills in lifting and shifting loads of different shapes and sizes. It will prepare you to work safely. You will learn to install equipment. At the end of the course you will be eligible to receive Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) certification.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SCAF 120
Scaffolds and Rigging
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You will receive the theory and hands on experience needed for the safe use of ladders, ramps and runways used in construction. The course content includes erecting, maintaining and dismantling various types of access scaffolds and rigging and hoisting equipment.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Work Based Delivery
STRU 100
Erect and Dismantle Steel Building
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You will learn the process of erecting a steel building, as well as the process of dismantling and safe placing of building components. At the completion of the course, you will be eligible to receive a certificate in the use of powder actuated tools.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 66.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
STRU 101
Structural Steel
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You will be able to apply safety regulations in the erection of a steel structure. At the completion of the course, you will be eligible to receive Fall Protection Certification in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety standards.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WLDR 127
Flame Cutting
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You will study the basics of oxy-acetylene cutting and welding. You will learn to safely use and store material involved with these operations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WORK 118
Work Experience
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You will participate in a work placement to further your understanding of workplace employer needs. You will become familiar with the industry and gain practical experience in the ironworker field.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • credit can be transferred to other Saskatchewan Polytechnic industrial/trades programs for the following courses: Industrial Communications (COMM 127), Industrial Mathematics (MATH 117), Material Handling and Equipment (MATE 186), and Standard First Aid and CPR Heartsaver 'A' (FAID 1001)
  • credit transfer for Flame Cutting (WLDR 127) to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Welding program
  • credit transfer for Scaffolds (SCAF 120) to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Carpentry program

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