Apprenticeship & Training

Northern Ontario drywall training center


Program description 

The Drywall, Acoustic & Interior Systems Mechanic Apprenticeship is 5,400 hours in duration. Apprentices attend two blocks (each of eight weeks) of in-school training at the Walls & Ceilings Training Center.

Apprentices develop competency on-the-job as employers provide the practical training in the trade, while the facility provides academic training in cooperation with the Apprenticeship Client Services of the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities.

Employers pay apprentices while training on the job. The apprentices may receive income support while in school.

Once the apprentice has found an employer willing to train him or her, the employer and apprentice sign a Training Agreement (Contract of Apprenticeship) prepared by a Training Consultant. The apprentice receives a Training Standards Book to record all training and hours worked in the trade.


In-school outline 

The in-school training offers basic and advanced courses of 8 weeks each for a total of 600 hours (37.5 hours per week).

Topics Include:

  • Construction Safety
  • WHMIS Training
  • Powder Actuated Tools
  • Trade Calculations
  • Blueprint Reading/Drafting
  • Trade Tools and Equipment
  • Drywall Material
  • Layout and Application
  • Ceiling and Fastening Systems
  • Mechanical Scaffolding
  • The Basics of Fall Protection
  • Metal Cutting and Welding
  • Computer basics


Training centres 

At present there are five training centers strategically located throughout the province of Ontario: Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, London and Sudbury. These centers use the latest technology and teaching techniques to train its participants in the latest developments and methods of construction

General carpenter

Experience your in-school apprenticeship training at the 3 local colleges of your choice, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Northern College 

  • Build a gratifying career as a qualified journeyperson in the skilled trade of carpentry
  • Acquire specialized training in hand and power tools, construction materials, wood and wood products, and workplace safety
  • Employ the most advanced joinery and fastening systems
  • Plan, layout and install building materials according to plans, specifications and building codes in both residential and industrial-commercial-institutional (ICI) construction
  • Develop blueprint reading skills, construction surveying and layout, framing, formwork and finish carpentry skills
  • Learn how to install doors, windows, cabinets and hardware

What does a drywall, acoustic and lathing applicator do

Drywall, acoustic and lathing applicators erect exterior structural steel studs and sheeting, shaft wall systems, and install and finish lath and drywall, partition walls and furring, ceiling systems and access flooring types as well as applying thermal and sound insulation.

You may find additional information about and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – Construction sector link:

Job related skills, interests and values

  • learning about and applying safety legislation on the job, such as the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Environmental Protection Act, and the Construction Safety Act.
  • using power equipment and tools safely; erecting swing stages and suspended scaffolding; attaching a lifeline to prevent falls
  • reading, interpreting and applying blueprints and specifications for job layout; checking other trades’ blueprints for building services, and scheduling the job
  • establishing a work schedule with the other trades by consulting the appropriate people, including foremen, in order to enable all to do their jobs effectively
  • organizing and verifying materials; identifying, establishing and working from grid lines, using a transit, laser, tape, water level, dry line, ladder or scaffold
  • erecting exterior structural steel studs and sheeting by laying out and installing exterior walls, doors and windows, fabricating and framing exterior curtain walls, affixing anchors and bracing
  • installing pre-fabricated panels according to the grid line, welding angle brackets or other fastening devices on the lines; having a panel hoisted in place by crane, bolting it to the angle bracket with a torque wrench, caulking and sealing the joints and ensuring panels are aligned with each other, plumb and level
  • installing partition walls and furring by laying out partitions, fastening the tracks, selecting metal frames, installing studs, frames, stiffeners and braces
  • installing drywall by selecting wallboard, determining starting point, installing staggered sheets, X-ray shielding, applying wallboard and metal trims, caulking studs, seams and joints
  • applying thermal and sound insulation or sound attenuation blankets, installing vapour barriers, sealing vapour barriers, installing baffles and arranging for inspection
  • encasing asbestos by identifying and reporting it, protecting self and others with breathing apparatus, suits and masks, removing loose or flaky asbestos, encasing beams and areas
  • keeping pace with work scheduling requirements
  • completing work documentation such as time sheets, work orders, in a clear accurate way to company standards
  • communicating with customers, co-workers, supervisors and sub-trades personnel

What preparation and training do you need?

In order to obtain your Certificate of Apprenticeship, you should preferably have a secondary school diploma this is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 10 is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of a 5,400 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate

Apprenticeship incentive grant

This is for the incentive grant, you are eligible to apply for a $1000.00 grant once you have completed one session of trade school and another $1000.00 grant once you have completed a second session of trade school.



Apprenticeship completion grant

This is for the apprenticeship completion grant, once you have passed your red seal exam you are eligible for a $2000.00 completion grant.


Check the service Canada website for these grants and additional information pertaining to the application process.