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The Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundation Harmonized certificate combines practical, hands-on training in the workshop with theoretical knowledge from the classroom and computer lab.Gain important knowledge of workplace safety, piping tools and equipment, applied math and science for the piping trades and jobsite documents. This program allows you to complete your Level 1 technical training credit as well as 375 work-based hours in your chosen piping trade of Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter or Sprinkler Fitter upon entering an apprenticeship.


In recent years, graduates have found employment in several different related trades areas, including refrigeration, plumbing, sheet metal, oil burner service, gas fitting, and fire sprinklers. Recent enhancements to the program reflect current requirements of level one piping trades and will provide you with the initial experience required by the majority of employers.

Past graduates have worked for companies in town such as;
Dale’s Plumbing, Des The Gasman, Forbidden Plateau Plumbing, Muchalat Construction, Rick Finney Plumbing, Ridgeline Mechanical


A Plumbing & Pipefitting apprentice must complete a four-year program including 6420 workplace hours and 780 in-school hours of training completed in four levels of training, each for six to eight weeks.  After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter provincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.


North Island College
(Comox Valley Campus)
2300 Ryan Rd,
Courtenay, BC

NIC Plumbing Program Website​

  1. Meet with the Career Teacher at your school
  2. Plan your Grade 11 & 12 classes
  3. Complete a SD71 District Train In Trades Application
  4. Meet with a Work Experience coordinator to set up a work experience placement
  5. Sign up for S.T.E.P.
  6. Apply for a Trades Sampler program
  7. Meet with your school counselor to ensure you are programmed into the right courses

Below is a sample timetable showing the pathway and required courses needed between Grade 10 – 12 so a student could take the North Island Carpentry Foundation Program in their Grade 12 year.

Grade 10 Grade 11

Grade 12

English 10
Math 10
CLE 10/Elective 10
Elective 10/Elective 10

English 11
Science 11*
Socials 11 or 12 *
Elective 11 (CLE11*)
English 12
*Grade 11 Academic?
Elective 12
Socials 10
Science 10
Elective 10/Elective 10
Construction Trades Sampler
(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)
Other Electives/Courses

NIC Plumbing Program
(Comox Valley Campus)

Counts as Grade 12 Electives

G.P. Vanier Career Office

Phone: 250-338-2110
Career Teacher: Ross Jamison
Career Coordinator: Kelley Giorgianni

Mark R. Isfeld Career Office

Phone: 250-334-4628
Career Teacher: Peter Lineger
Career Coordinator: Randy James

Highland Career Office

Phone: 250-339-5525
Career Teacher: Jacques Nijhof
Career Coordinator: Tracey.MvKinney

Glacier View Career Office

Phone: 250-338-2752
Career Coordinator: Dawn Stevens

District Trades Coordinator

Steve Claassen
Cell: 250-897-5632
Email: Steve


If you will complete any of the following applications digitally, make sure you download and save them to your computer first before completing. You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.

FILLABLE - District Application - Trades 2020 (Can be done at home and brought to Careers Teacher)

FILLABLE - Grade 12 SLP - Fall 2020 (Can be started at home and brought to Careers Teacher)

ITA Youth Train In Trades Application Form (To completed once accepted to program)

NIC Trades Application -Sample Only (See a school's Careers Department for actual one)