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 regional associations in the Western, Central, and Eastern areas of Canada. It is a national organization that represents over 56,000 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’s needs with respect
    to training through a review of the National
    Occupational Analysis


  • 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

The NAUSC Controlled Bolting program is designed to ensure that participants are prepared to operate and maintain equipment used for flange and vessel bolting operations for high pressure and process systems in plants and refineries in the construction and maintenance industries. Participants will use calculations to determine the necessary parameters for the proper assembly and disassembly of pressure bolted joints using specialty hydraulic equipment. This is key to ensuring that operations for high pressure applications can guarantee leak free start-up of systems. 

NAUSC Cold Cutting Specialty Certification

The NAUSC Cold Cutting Certificate will benefit every journeyperson who is interested in working on site performing cold cutting operations on large diameter and heavy wall specialty piping systems. The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of the complexities of working safely as cold cutting specialists as defined by the piping industry. Work site safety, provincial O.H.S. along with the latest equipment and techniques found in the field will be discussed. Participants will develop skills in the operation and maintenance of equipment, as well as, the application of required calculations that are used to ensure precise cuts and bevelling for welding operations.

NAUSC Foreman Certification Program

Competent leadership is critical to the success of any organization. This program is designed primarily to provide Journeypersons with the essential entry level training required to move into supervisory roles, delivered by Instructors that have real world experience as construction Foremen.  It offers key tools and information that will further develop experienced leaders within the construction industry. Improving leadership skills is at the forefront of this program and participants will be challenged with real-world scenarios that emulate the diverse duties of a job-site Foreman as they work independently and in teams to complete various assignments based on real world projects. Those that apply this training in the workplace will see positive results to their organization, work flow and job site productivity, and especially safety, as this is a key component and by-product of the NAUSC Foreman program.

NAUSC Shop Steward Certification Program

This certification program is designed to provide consistent training for all Stewards across Canada and to emphasize the UA Standard for Excellence and the Steward’s critical role in its success. Stewards will gain a strong understanding of their role in working with the supervision in the workplace environment.  Methods for working with management and union members toward a more productive jobsite, while ensuring that workplace issues do not escalate and interfere with operations and productivity on the job will be explained. Other topics that are covered include workplace law and the historical background on unions with discussion on how they relate to the role of a working union steward.

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NAUSC Office

442 Gilmour Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0R8



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