The Piping Trades Foundation Training Program encompasses the foundational technical training required to enter into the trades of Plumber and Steamfitter/Pipefitter. This training includes all the relevant technical training to successfully complete the Foundation/Level 1 ITA learning outcomes for both trades simultaneously. Students who successfully complete this training will have satisfied the ITA requirements for their level 1 training in either trade. While enrolled in this program, students will be required to successfully complete a 3 week (90 hour) work Practicum placement, exposing them to the tasks and day to day functions of employees and apprentices in the trade. Students who complete the Piping Trades Foundation Program will receive credit for 375 work-based hours toward completion of either Plumbing Apprenticeship or Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprenticeship depending on their choice of trade.
Excellent opportunities exist in the local and regional industry for plumbers, steamfitters and pipefitters. Above average salaries are offered as well as excellent working environments.
Location: Dawson Creek Campus
Length: Approximately 19 weeks (570 hours)
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Math – one of the following:
BC Math 10 (minimum final grade of C+), or BC Math 11 or BC Math 12 (minimum final grade of C), or equivalent.
MATH 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
English – one of the following:
BC Language Arts 10 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 11 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 12 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
ENGL 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English placement test and score.
ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with a minimum final grade of 67%.
Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
• Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interviews may be conducted via teleconference if necessary.
Successful completion of the NLC POWER program.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
- Safety wear such as gloves, hard hats, and coveralls, footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
- The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority and Trades Program Advisory Committees.
- Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements as listed on the NLC website (www.nlc.bc.ca/Services/Information-Technology/minPC).
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022) approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.
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