Pipe Trade

Foundation Program
Also available as:
TYPE:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 6 months or less
CAMPUS: Mackenzie - Prince George
FEES: Estimated at $5,068
START DATE: Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
DELIVERY:
  • In Class
Application Status
Applications still open.
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

Are you interested in earning a career with diverse opportunities in the trades industry? Enroll in this Pipe Trades foundation program. Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to work in three different trades:

  • Plumber
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • Sprinkler System Installer

Careers

Piping tradespeople go on to work in a variety of settings, from installing sprinkler systems in new/renovated buildings to working on large oil and gas pipelines.

With the planned expansion of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in Northern BC it is expected that the region will see an increased demand for skilled workers in the piping trades.

  • Plumbers often work in residential, commercial, and industrial settings installing, repairing, or maintaining plumbing systems. They may also be employed by hospitals, school districts, post secondary institutions, and municipalities.
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitters may work for pipeline construction contractors, thermal or steam generating plants, utility companies, pulp mills, oil refineries, chemical plants, or manufacturers.
  • Sprinkler System Installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide, and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes. They may install systems in residential buildings, commercial buildings, institutional buildings such as hospitals and schools, and in manufacturing plants.

Experienced plumbers, steamfitter/pipefitters, and sprinkler system installers may working supervisory or management positions, run their own company, or work in trades education.

What you will learn

During this hands-on program you will learn a variety of skills and theory. Topics include:

  • Tools and equipment
  • Building codes, regulations, and standards
  • Preparing and assembling piping components
  • Trade related science and math
  • Safe work practices

Become an Apprentice

This foundation program will provide entry level practical skills and academic knowledge to prepare you to begin the apprenticeship pathway as either a plumber, steamfitter/pipefitter, or a sprinkler system installer. You do not need an employer sponsor to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain experience and familiarity with the trade, giving you a competitive advantage to finding an employer to hire you as their apprentice.

Upon successful completion of the foundation program, you will receive credit with the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Level 1 technical training in all three trades (plumber, steamfitter/pipefitter, and sprinkler system installer). Once you are officially registered as an apprentice with ITA, you will then be able to complete the work based training hours (on the job training) and higher levels of apprenticeship training for your chosen trade.

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.

 

Governing bodies

Pipe Trade Courses

The Pipe Trades Foundation (Harmonized) course is delivered with traditional classroom and shop-based instruction. This program prepares the student for entry into the apprenticeship program for either Plumber, Pipe Fitter/Steam Fitter, or Sprinkler Fitter. To work in BC, a pipe trade worker must be either certified in a trade or registered in a four-year apprenticeship program leading to certification.

Pipe Trades Foundation: Program Outline

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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.

START DATE CAMPUS DELIVERY LENGTH
Fall 2022 Prince George In Class 25 weeks
Spring 2023 Mackenzie In Class 25 weeks

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of the following:

  • Two English Language Arts 10 (minimum “C”) or ENGL 030 or equivalent 
  • Workplace Mathematics 11 (minimum “C”) or MATH 041 or equivalent

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis. If the student qualifies after the program is full, the student will be put on a wait list.  

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $5,162.

  • Tuition: $4,180
  • Student fees: $688
  • Tool Deposit: $200 (Refundable)    
  • 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. 

    Salaries and employment

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

    Highlights

    $79,253
    Median Salary
    Annual provincial median salary in related fields according to Work BC.
    740
    Job Openings
    Total expected job openings in this field by 2029 according to Work BC.