As the backbone of construction, Labourers tend to the needs of many other trades. They prepare construction sites, move equipment and materials, install water and sewer lines, often work with concrete, operate hand tools, clean up finished sites and use diverse skills in an ever-changing variety of construction activities.

Skills include: numeracy, significant use of memory; working with others; physical strength and fitness; working outdoors; safety conscious; looking for on-the-job variety; working with hand and power tools.

To be certified as a Labourer, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

You may be eligible for certification if you have on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses in construction trades.

As a certified Labourer, you may attempt the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. (Under the Red Seal program, this group is classified as “Construction Craft Worker.”) With a Red Seal, you can work as a Trades Helper/Labourer anywhere in Canada.

To ensure your skills are current as a Labourer, you should keep up with new technologies by reading and speaking with others in their field.