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Plumbing & Pipe Trades Foundation

What You’ll Learn

Applied learning

There are two levels of study you must follow to graduate with a Certificate in Plumbing & Pipe Trades: Common Core and Specialty Core.

What to expect

The Plumbing and Pipe Trades Foundation program provides the skills and knowledge necessary for initial entry into specified occupations and trades. The Plumbing and Pipe Trades Foundation program is comprised of the following core levels, in order: 1) Trades Core; 2) Piping Core; 3) Gasfitting, Plumbing, Sprinklerfitting and Steamfitting Specialty Core.

We have three different methods of delivery:

  • Full-Time Self-Directed: 30 weeks, self-directed continuous intake (space-permitting) or;
  • Full-Time Lock-Step: 30 weeks, yearly cohort intake(s) or;
  • Blended: 20 weeks online part-time, followed by 25 weeks self-directed continuous intake (space-permitting)

You should be in good physical health and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.

Apprenticeship Training

Camosun also offers all four levels of technical training required to get your ticket. If you are already in an apprenticeship with an employer sponsor, you may take your required technical training at Camosun on a direct entry basis.

If you start with the Foundation program and then get hired into an apprenticeship, you will already have credit for the first year of technical training. You may then take the rest of your technical training at Camosun for years 2, 3 and 4.

Camosun accepts applications on an ongoing basis for all levels. Please refer to the apprenticeship schedule, and pick up or download and print an apprentice application. PDF

Program courses

Course Instructional Hours
TACC 109 Trades Access Common Core 150 hours
PIPE 110 Trades Core Practicals 150 hours
PIPE 119 Piping Trades Access 150 hours
PIPE 120 Piping Trades Practicals 150 hours
PIPE 130 Piping Trades Specialties 300 hours

Students must complete all courses in the program with a grade of COM or DST to qualify for the certificate.

Students will receive ITA Apprenticeship Technical Training credit for Level 1 and approximately 400 in-school work based hours towards completion of a Pipe Trades Apprenticeship.


You'll learn to:

  • Apply safe work practices specific to the plumbing and pipe trades within a variety of work environments.
  • Describe the different roles, functions, culture, and characteristics of the pipe trades in relation to other trades.
  • Use a variety of tools and equipment to demonstrate their applications, procedures for use, and maintenance.
  • Apply organizational skills to facilitate the efficient and accurate completion of work related tasks and projects.
  • Describe the materials and the associated installation procedures.
  • Assemble and test basic electrical circuits and components.
  • Describe and install a variety of basic residential, commercial, and industrial piping systems.

Picture yourself at Camosun!

  • Instructor-lead classroom environment
  • Installing plumbing cables
  • Smiling at Open House
  • Engineering ticket holder beginning his Plumbing and Pipe foundation training
  • CamoSUN solar panel heater water tank
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  • Learning the basics
  • Hanging out in the sun
  • Teacher providing one-on-one instruction
Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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