TRADES PATHWAY PROGRAMS
Steel Stud and Drywall
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Are you interested in working as a Lather installing steel stud framing and drywalling in the construction industry? If so, SIIT’s Steel Stud and Drywall program may be your first step.
The 6 week Steel Stud and Drywall program is delivered in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, and in various community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets.
Drywall installers and finishers install and finish drywall sheets and various types of ceiling systems. Lathers install support framework for ceiling systems, interior and exterior walls and building partitions. Graduates will find entry level work as drywall installers or lathers with construction companies, plastering, drywalling and lathing contractors, or they may be self-employed.
Those who do not meet the academic requirements may be considered, and CAAT testing may be used for academic placement.
Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.
English Language Benchmark
SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.
To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).
- SFTY 101 Construction Safety
- FRMG 440 Steel stud and drywall
- SCAF 101 Scaffolding
Tuition, Fees, and Funding
Students can expect to pay little to no tuition or fees to participate in this program. Career Centre staff will assess your eligibility for funding when you apply.
What to Expect
Day to Day
In this six week program, students can expect:
- A combination of in-class theory (34%) and hands on practical training (66%). Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
- No additional independent (homework) learning.
Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate. For Steel Stud and Drywall program students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to graduate.
If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.
Graduation Requirements and Credential
You must maintain 90% attendance to graduate. The assessment method for this course is pass/ fail. Graduates will receive a Steel Stud and Drywall Certificate of Achievement.
Career Opportunities & Salaries
Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment in the construction industry in either of the three trades.
For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre or your local Labour Development Office.
Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements
To graduate from each level of apprenticeship, an apprentice in this area must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1500 hours each year. Total trade time required is 6000 hours and at least 4 years in the trade.
Upon completion of their apprenticeship and required industry experience, apprentices may write the Interprovincial Journeyperson Examination and obtain a Red Seal.
Although Steel Stud and Drywall is not listed as a designated trade in Saskatchewan, it is included in the Lather trade, so workers may pursue apprenticeship in that related trade, https://saskapprenticeship.ca/quick-links/designated-trades/lather/.
Support for apprentices is available through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee (JTC). The SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC) has been building careers in skilled trades since 1998! The JTC supports qualified Indigenous individuals to enter the trades as apprentices, complete trade levels, and become Journeypersons. Indenture Fees are paid by the JTC. Services are available province wide.