BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundations


Department: CAREER TRAINING (TRADES)
Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time
Start Dates: To be Confirmed

Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundations

This 24-week (750 hour) program takes a student with little or no previous experience in the piping trades and supplies them with the necessary skills to seek employment in industry as an apprentice Plumber, Domestic/Commercial B Gasfitter, Steamfitter/Pipefitter or Sprinkler System Installer. The program exposes the students to aspects of residential, commercial and industrial piping systems in these trades with a focus on developing practical skills. The curriculum follows the British Columbia Industry Training Authority guidelines for the first-year in-class components of apprenticeship training for Plumber, Domestic/Commercial B Gasfitter, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer, which includes installation, repair and maintenance procedures in compliance with the applicable codes and standards. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive Level 1 technical training credit toward an apprenticeship in the aforementioned four trades. This gives the successful students the opportunity to experience a number of trades without having to commit to one in particular and, upon completion, have the choice to pursue one or more career paths.


Admission Requirements



  • BC secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.

  • One of: English 12, English 12 First Peoples, an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education English course, or equivalent assessment.

  • One of: Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 10, Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10, an equivalent Adult Basic Education (MATH 041 from NVIT), or equivalent assessment.


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