Sheet Metal Worker Foundation Certificate

Learn skills in metal design, drafting, metal joining, soldering, and welding to become an apprentice as a sheet metal worker. 

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  • Kelowna
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  • Full program offered
  • Partial program offered



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Tuition and fees

2023-24: $3,292.08

Program details

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Foundation and General Interest:

This 20-week (600-hour) program provides students with little or no previous experience in the sheet metal trade with the necessary skills to seek employment in that industry as an apprentice sheet metal worker. Upon successful completion of the program students will receive credit for Level One Technical Training and 350 work-based hours towards completion of Sheet Metal Worker apprenticeship.

The program exposes students to aspects of residential, commercial and industrial systems in this trade with a focus on developing practical skills. The curriculum follows SkilledTradesBC guidelines for the first-year in-class components of the Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship.

Textbooks and supplies required for students in the Sheet Metal Worker program (total $452.87):

  • Mathematics for Sheet Metal Fabrication - $163.29
  • Sheet Metal Second Edition - $104.29
  • Quality First Forced Air Guidelines - $94.00
  • Okanagan College 1st Yr. Sheet Metal Modules - $91.29
    • Use Safe Work Practices 7960002603
    • Use Basic Measuring Layout and Hand Tools 796002606
    • Use Power Tools 7960002607
    • Lift Loads 7960002608
    • Erect Ladders and Scaffolds 7960002609
    • Oxyacetylene Cut and Weld 7960002610
    • Use Fastenings and Fittings 7960002612

5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change.

Other required supplies
  • CSA-approved work boots with steel toes
  • Safety glasses
  • Hat
  • Work gloves
  • Pencils, pen, erasers
  • Binder
  • Drafting set

Government-issued picture ID is required to write the provincial and national exams: driver's licence, photo ID or valid passport. Student ID cards are not acceptable.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math admission requirement within the last seven years, and/or do not meet the English admission requirement, must write the TEA Math and/or English test. Both of the assessments are online, multiple-choice and timed. Applicants are allotted 1 hour to complete each section (2 hours for both). A practice assessment and study resources are offered to all applicants who register to write the TEA.  Calculators are not allowed while completing the Math section; applicants who are observed to use a calculator of any sort will receive a grade of zero.  Applicants who do not achieve the minimum passing requirement on their initial attempt, are offered a second attempt at no additional cost after a two-week study period. 

Please ensure you write the assessment, and any required re-writes, prior to the deadline for admissions requirements provided by the Registrar’s office. For more information or to register for the Trades Entrance Assessment, click here. Further questions can be directed to the Trades and Apprenticeship office at

Please note: Applicants who successfully completed the ABLE test at Okanagan College within the two years prior to application for admission shall have their results accepted as equivalent to the Trades Entrance Assessment. 

The textbook list above was current at the time it was posted and may be used for initial planning purposes. Please check back with the bookstore 2 weeks before your program starts under Current Book List for a final, updated list of book titles and prices, and to order!

Textbooks available online only at OC Campus Store. If you have any questions, call 250-862-5638 or email

It takes approximately two to three business days to fill the online orders, please be sure to purchase the necessary items prior to the 1st day of class.


Admission requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:
    • A minimum of 50% in any of:
      • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 10
      • Workplace Mathematics 10
      • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus Grade 10
      • Mathematics 10
      • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072.
    • Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 50%.

Program outline

SHMT 110 - Safe Work Practices
SHMT 111 - Tools and Equipment
SHMT 112 - Organize Work
SHMT 113 - Layout and Development Patterns
SHMT 114 - Fabricate Trade-Related Products
SHMT 115 - Install Air Handling Systems
SHMT 116 - Level One Review and Examination
Program Schedule: Start times vary (20 weeks)
  • An overall average of 70% calculated on a weighted percentage, based on time allocation.
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