This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:
ITA Source: 'Plumber' profile.
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 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
- 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.
Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:
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