In May 2010, TIAA donated $250,000 to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta, in support of their Thermal Insulator Apprenticeship program. This funding will be used to fund the capital and supplies needed to build, expand, renovate, maintain, equip and operate the program. As a term of this agreement, Insulator Lab P151 has been renamed the Thermal Insulation Association of Alberta Lab.
Technical training for the mechanical insulation industry is offered through NAIT's insulator apprenticeship training program. The minimum education requirement for this job is grade nine or equivalent. Applicants with less than grade nine or equivalent must pass an entrance exam.
From left to right: Jim Ripley (Program Chair), Ron Richards (TIAA Past President), Paul Blinzer (NAIT Instructor)
Insulator course outline booklets and a copy of the course outline are available online at
. For further questions on this program, please contact NAIT at (780) 378-7321.