Hazardous Material Worker


The program runs 5 weeks (Monday to Friday) 8:30am – 3:30pm each day. You must be able to support yourself for the duration of the program. No transportation is provided for apprenticeship training


Grade 10 or equivalent


Ministry Seat Fees: $170
Upon completion of Program: $626 – LiUNA Local 506 Initiation Fees + 3 Months Dues


A Hazardous Materials or Hazmat Worker, identifies, removes, packages, transports and
disposes of hazardous materials such as asbestos, mould, lead, mercury, and other biological
and chemical hazards. The trade is regulated by the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades
Act, where qualified individuals may obtain a Certificate of Qualification. Many older buildings
and structures contain hazardous materials, and Hazmat workers are often called upon when
these buildings undergo renovations or are set to be demolished. Hazmat workers may also be
involved in the containment and cleanup of hazardous materials following environmental or
man-made disasters.

As safeguarding human health from hazardous materials is paramount, individuals who are
suited to this trade are meticulous in ensuring the complete removal of hazardous materials,
able to work in a highly-structured environment with many safety protocols in place, prepared
to wear full-body protective suits and respirators for extended periods of time, and capable of
physical work in warm, damp conditions. Hazmat workers usually work in teams, and often
perform overnight and weekend work. Overtime is not uncommon, especially for those
performing emergency and disaster response work.

The Hazardous Materials Worker Apprenticeship consists of 3,000 hours in total, of which 102
hours are in-school training. The LiUNA Local 506 apprenticeship program is 150 hours. Our
comprehensive 5-week program is held at the LiUNA Local 506 Training Centre in Richmond Hill,
and follows the standards set out by the Skilled Trades Ontario, plus additional health and safety
and training and a practical hands-on component. The program covers a broad range of topics,

  • Mercury, lead, mould and PCBs
  • Biological and physical hazards
  • Asbestos Abatement Worker (253W)
  • Hazard protection and equipment
  • Working at Heights and WHMIS
  • Lock-out / Tag-out and confined space training
  • Elevating work platforms
  • Respirator fit testing

You must have a minimum of Grade 10 high school education or its equivalent in order to be
eligible to register for the Hazardous Materials Worker apprenticeship program. Apprentices
with 3,000 hours can find information about writing the Certificate of Qualification exam to
become a journeyperson here.


If you meet the above requirements and are interested in applying Click here.