Apprentice Pipe Trade

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LENGTH: 6 months or less
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Spring 2023 - Spring 2023
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Upcoming Program Offerings

Apprentices must have their employer register them with Industry Training Authority (ITA) and fill out the apprenticeship application online. They are placed on the appropriate “waitlist”; 2-3 months prior to the course they will be contacted by CNC if a seat is available.  They then have 48 hours to accept their seat.  All apprenticeship training requires in-person shop sessions. All shop sessions will be provided with physical distancing and all necessary safety measures.

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Get certified with CNC's steamfitter/pipefitter apprenticeship program! The Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprenticeship program will train you to become a skilled steamfitter/pipefitter, leading towards Red Seal certification (after successful program and work based training hours completion).

CNC offers three levels of technical training:

  • Level 2 (6 weeks)
  • Level 3 (6 weeks)
  • Level 4 (8 weeks) + Red Seal Exam

*You may also receive credit for Level 1 by successfully completing the Steamfitter/Pipefitter Foundation Program Technical training must be completed in sequence. It is recommended to complete a full year of work based training hours between levels to best prepare for the next level of technical training.

Training dates & how to apply

For up to date technical training dates at CNC visit the  Trades Training BC website.

To apply for any level of technical training at CNC visit:

About apprenticeship programs

Apprenticeship programs provide a unique approach to post-secondary education, combining classroom based learning (known as technical training) with on the job training. This enables you to “earn while you learn,” significantly reducing the need for student debt and building your career NOW instead of waiting until you’ve completed your education.

In addition to earning wages while learning on the job, many apprentices have their technical training paid for by their company, and/or qualify for Employment Insurance while in school. Additionally there are a number of grants and tax credits available to both apprentices and employers. Visit to learn more.

Red Seal steamfitter/pipefitters are certified to work across Canada, and may also have their credentials recognized internationally. Certified skilled tradespeople are in demand worldwide, leading to opportunities for international work experience or volunteer opportunities. Many tradespeople also are entrepreneurs, building businesses that may eventually employ others and give back to the local community. A Red Seal trade can also be a stepping stone to further education, management positions, or even returning to college as an educator teaching the next generation of tradespeople.

Governing bodies

Industry Training Authority

Apprentice Pipe Trade Courses

Plumbers install, repair and maintain systems that keep our water and waste disposal systems running. They read and interpret blue prints and specifications, alter structure to fit the pipes and then test for leaks. They maintain systems to prevent or repair leaks. Plumbers work in residential, commercial and industrial plumbing fields. They lay the pipe for new buildings, and install sanitary and storm drainage systems and specialized systems like compressed air and medical gas systems, and make our homes convenient by installing fixtures and appliances. Plumbers enjoy working with their hands, are always in demand given current shortages, and enjoy opportunities for self-employment in a trade that is versatile and diverse. In past years CNC plumbing apprenticeship students have gained hand-on experience and in-class theory by using plumbing skills in Habitat for Humanity homes and other community and commercial projects.

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Visit Trades Training BC for the most up to date apprenticeship schedules.

Spring 2023 Prince George In Class Level 3 (Harmonized) Feb 6, 2023 - Mar 24, 2023
Spring 2023 Prince George In Class Level 2 (Harmonized) Mar 27, 2023 - May 19, 2023

The fine print

Once your employer has submitted an Apprentice and Sponsor Registration Form to ITA on your behalf you can apply to attend technical training at CNC. Many of our apprenticeship programs have waitlists so we encourage you to apply early.

ITA doesn’t require Plumbing apprentices to have completed a required number of work-based-training hours to attend technical training. However, because apprenticeship programs are a unique blend of in-class and on-the-job training we encourage you to work with your employer to decide on a training schedule that best combines these two forms of training.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for apprenticeship technical training, you may be interested in the Foundation Program.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

Invest in your future

View costs by level

Level 2

  • Tuition: TBA

Level 3

  • Tuition: TBA

Level 4

  • Tuition: $982.47-1,009.76

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how. 

Work BC offers financial support to apprenticeship students.

Service Canada offers a variety of financial supports for apprentices and their employers including tax credits, grants, and EI while attending technical training.

Apprentices may qualify for interest free loans of up to $4,000 per level of technical training through the Canada Apprentice Loan program.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or  trades training job board.