Apprentice Competition & Coordinator's Meeting

Dates: 25 – 28 Sep, 2014

The September 2014 Apprentice Competition will be held in Toronto, Canada.  The Competition will be hosted by the Ontario District Council and held at Local 721.

Click here to register online for the 2014 Apprentice Competition!

To allow sufficient time for all competitors and participants to apply for and receive their passport, names of all competitors will  need to be submitted to the Apprenticeship and Training Department no later than June 15, 2014.

For information on applying for a passport, go to .

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  • September 25 - 26, 2014 - Coordinator's Meeting
  • September 26, 2014 - Leadership Seminar & Written Exam
  • September 27 - 28, 2014 - Apprenticeship Competition
  • September 28, 2014 - Banquet

Apprenticeship Competition

Click below for a copy of the 2014 contest rules:

2014 Competition in Toronto, Canada at Local 721

Who should attend:

Coordinators, Business Managers, JAC Reps, Management Reps.


National Apprentice Competition:

The National Apprentice Competition consists of eight different competitions. The individual competitions are: written test, layout Instruments, welding, burning, knot tying, rod tying, ornamental and the column climb.



Written Test:

 The written test consists of 100 questions taken directly from the apprentice training manuals.

Instrument Test:

The instrument test requires competitors to set up an instrument. Establish the height of instrument and figure the elevation of benchmarks above and below the height of instrument.


Burning Competition

The burning competition requires apprentice competitors to correctly lay out and burn a circle and square make a bevel cut and a straight cut. Contestants are judged on accuracy of layout and cut as well as quality of cuts.

Welding Competition

Apprentices must complete three passes in all four positions: flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead. The welds are graded based upon quality.



Knot Tying

For the knot tying competition, the competitors are required to correctly tie six knots which are chosen at random from the rigging manual the day of the test. They also must correctly reeve two sets of blocks (3x3, 3x2, or 2x2).



Rod Tying

The rod tying competition is always exciting.  Competitors have one minute to tie as many of each different type of tie as they can.  The ties are: snap tie, snap and a wrap, saddle tie, saddle and a wrap, and the figure 8 tie.  The scores that an apprentice gets on each tie are tallied to give him or her overall score.



In this time-based test, contestants race against the clock to see who can put together a 2’ x 2’ glazed window.


Column Climb

Contestants race to the top of a 35 foot column.  The fastest gets all the points.