Applications are submitted externally through the NLC website.
Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).
Contact NLC for the next opening.
Not ready for an apprenticeship program? This Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) program may be of interest:
This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:
For updated details regarding Plumber, please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.
Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.
Plumbers install, repair and maintain plumbing fixtures and systems such as water, hydronic, drainage, waste and vent (DWV), low pressure steam, chemical and irrigation. They also install specialized systems such as medical gas, process piping, compressed air, water conditioners, fuel piping, sewage and water treatment, and storage and flow equipment.
The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.
The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 900 hours (30 weeks). Levels One and Three are each 210 hours (7 weeks). Levels Two and Four are each 240 hours (8 weeks). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.
The work-based training totals 6,300 hours. Based on a 30-hour work-week this involves 210 weeks of training.
For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2018 001.1 .
(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)
Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.
Domestic/Commercial Gasfitter B - Certificate of Qualification issued by the BC Safety Authority
Sprinkler System Installer - Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement
Steamfitter/Pipefitter - Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement
Refrigeration Mechanic Foundation - Certificate of Qualification
Refrigeration Mechanic - Level 1 Technical Training