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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

Program Start Date: February

Program Length: 24 weeks

Note: The program does NOT follow the Comox Valley School’s Calendar.  There is NO spring break.


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)