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The mission of the National Association of Union Schools & Colleges is to provide a national strategy for a comprehensive professional development program to include training for every working member, business and training representative in our organization to include Apprenticeship, Safety, Education, PostJourney, Computer training courses and Specialty Training programs to every classification of worker we represent in the building trades construction industry.



Year Established




Training Centres Across Canada


Canada wide


Union training centers and their involvement regarding trades training funding, trade advisory committees, codes and standards committees are not clearly understood by government, industry, or the general public. Policy changes inconsistent with industry's needs can create challenges for clients, owners, contractors, as well as workers and their families.


  • Providing skilled workers with employment

  • Development and delivery of specialized training

  • Upgrading skills of aging workforce

  • Creating new opportunities for Apprentices

  • Promoting apprenticeship and skills training

  • Development and recognition of trades certification


  • Technological change

  • Funding for training programs (federal and provincial government sources)

  • Inflexibility of government offices (policies regarding training)

  • Recognition of Tradespersons as deserving of respect by government officials

  • Sufficient government funding for programs (ie: realistic per diems)

  • Unrealistic expectations by government of course outcomes (ie: job guarantee at conclusion of program) 

  • Getting workers through “red tape” of different departments of government to gain access to funding

  • Offsetting sudden policy changes which can cause hardship for working people and their families

  • Public recognition of the unique nature of union schools 

  • Promote an understanding of the construction industry


The National Association of Union Schools & Colleges (NAUSC) is comprised of three regions in the Western, Central, and Eastern areas of Canada. It is a national organization that represents over 57,000 members and 36 local union training schools and colleges across the country. 


  • Recognition and support of the role of union training centers in providing specialized training to industry

  • Flexibility to deliver specialty courses as needed by industry on sometimes very short notice

  • Reduction of red tape and approval times for
    prospective students with a streamlining of HRSDC/Service Canada policies


  • Realistic Trade Qualifier policies that meet industry needs and the needs of workers trying to better
    their employability


  • Apprenticeship Enhancement Training: Apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship training and have an appropriate number of hours of work experience (to be determined by each trade) need to be eligible to avail of specialized training.

  • Industry training for union-recognized non-apprenticeable trades classifications

  • Reassessment of industry needs with respect to training through review of NOA (National Occupational Analysis) or RSOS documents

  • To work collectively with government departments to access funding for training program development
    and delivery, and to work to change regulations
    and policies that adversely affect building trades
    training program delivery


  • To ensure that a proactive approach is used towards delivery of necessary training for industry's needs
    well in advance of project start dates by working with contractors, employers, and government


  • To ensure that workers are trained for new technology that is part of the workplace with up to date curriculum, programs, and equipment


"NAUSC is a comprehensive solution to national standardization providing mobility of qualifications and quality assurance ensuring value and opportunity to every member, partner, business and training representative."

- Mike Gordon

Executive Director, National Association of Union Schools and Colleges


  • NAUSC Controlled Bolting Specialty Certification Program

  • NAUSC Cold Cutting Specialty Certification Program

  • NAUSC Supervision – Level 1 Certification Program
    (formerly NAUSC Foreman Certification Program)


  • NAUSC Supervision – Level 2 Certification Program

  • NAUSC Shop Steward Certification Program

  • NAUSC ITM (Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems) Certification Program

  • NAUSC/CSA P.I.P.E.S. Rigger Personnel Certification Program

  • NAUSC/CSA Medical Gas Piping and Systems Installation Personnel Certification Program

  • NAUSC/McELROY Fusion Certification Program




We welcome and value your feedback! Please use the form below to submit your questions or any opinions you may have. If requested, a UA Member will endevour to contact you within 3-5 business days. Your feedback will be treated as confidential and will not be passed on to anyone.

NAUSC Office

442 Gilmour Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0R8

Phone: 613-565-1100
Fax: 613-565-1200

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