A Plumber installs, alters, or repairs any plumbing system and includes all work usually done by a Journeyperson Plumber governed by the B.C. Plumbing Code. Plumbers install, alter, and repair the systems that keep water and waste disposal systems running. They read and interpret blueprints and project specifications.
Plumbers select the type and size of pipe required for a project and measure, shape, and join pipes according to the appropriate specifications. Plumbers use a variety of materials and construction techniques, including copper, steel, and plastic pipe. Plumbers may also make use of other related skill sets, such as a familiarity with basic welding and electrical work and a limited amount of gasfitting work.
If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employment in industry as a Plumber, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship.
The Plumbing Foundation Level 1 (Enhanced) program consists of Level 1 Apprenticeship technical training in addition to practical and essential skills related to the Plumber Apprenticeship program. Students who complete the Plumbing Foundation (Enhanced) program receive credit for 375 work-based hours toward completion of Plumbing Apprenticeship.
Plumbers often work in the construction industry, laying new pipe for buildings or renovating large buildings. Residential Plumbers install and repair plumbing fixtures, such as bathtubs, showers, sinks, and toilets; and appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters.
Location: Dawson Creek Campus
Length: 14 weeks
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 10 level that includes:
- Grade 10 English or Career and College Preparation ENGL030 (Intermediate/Grade 10); and
- Grade 10 Math (Applications, or Principles, or Apprenticeship and Workplace) or Career and College Preparation MATH030 (Intermediate/Grade 10), both with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.
Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
- Reading Comprehension: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Number Operations: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Problem Solving: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
- Grade 10 level completion that includes Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), both with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.
- Scheduled enrollment in Grade 11 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace).
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
- Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
- The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.
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Program Chair: Mark Heartt
Program Instructor: Tim Roberts