Plumber – Apprenticeship

Plumber Apprenticeship Training

Program Description

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. They also work with large cast iron and concrete pipes.  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 gas-fitting work.

If a student currently works as a Plumber and has an employer who will provide on-the-job training, s/he eligible to enrol in Apprenticeship training. An Apprenticeship is a three-party agreement between the Apprentice, the employer, and the Industry Training Authority.

Students receive training according to the provincial Apprenticeship cur­riculum, as established by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia, pertinent to the Apprenticeship level in which the student is enrolled. Upon successful completion of all four levels and appropriate time in the trade, the student may be eligible to write the Inter-Provincial exam in Plumber.

Career Prospects

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: Levels 1-3, six weeks per level; Level 4, eight weeks

Start: Current Apprenticeship level program schedule  

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Level 1

  • Registered Apprentice with the Industry Training Authority;


  • Proof of successful completion of related Foundation Trades Training program.

Levels 2-4

  • Successful completion of previous level Apprenticeship Technical Training;


  • Successful challenge of previous level Industry Training Authority Placement Exam.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
  3. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
  4. Level 3 - Students are required to register and pay for the British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) Cross Connection Control Exam. View the exam information and registration page.
  5. Level 4 - Students will be required to write the BC Safety Authority B-Level Gas Exam. Upon registration students will be given the BC Safety Authority Examination Application Form. Exam fees payable to BC Safety Authority, due first day of class.
  6. 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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