Confirm:
your program information with BCIT .

  • Training Level
    Apprenticeship
  • Tuition Estimate
    Weekly tuition is approximately $110 per week.
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Average Cost Range: $45 to $200; Contact: 604.456.8100 for details
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Student Apprenticeship Information 604.434.1610 or 1.866.434.1610 (Canada & US only)

Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted year round. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Fee: N/A

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 01
BBY - Burnaby
Level: 02
BBY - Burnaby
Level: 03
BBY - Burnaby
Level: 04
BBY - Burnaby

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Plumber

ITA Source: 'Plumber' profile.


Description

Plumbers install, alter and repair the systems that keep water and waste disposal systems running.

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 26 weeks. Levels One to Three are 6 weeks each. Level Four is 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, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6420 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 214 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are: 

  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Organize Work
  • Prepare and Assemble Plumbing Components
  • Install Sanitary and Storm Drainage Systems
  • Install Private Sewage Systems
  • Install Water Service and Distribution
  • Install Fixtures and Appliances
  • Install Hydronic Heating and Cooling
  • Install Specialized Systems
  • Apply Plumbing Principles
  • Install Natural Gas and Propane Systems

Pre-requisites

Recommended

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English 12
  • Algebra 11 or Trades Math 11
  • Physics 11 or Science & Technology 11

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 57 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

Explore potential career options in WorkBC. BC Work Futures provides information about occupations, industries and labour market conditions in British Columbia. It features detailed profiles of over 500 occupations.