Plumbing and Pipe Trades Foundation, Certificate

Build a solid future for yourself and your community. This foundation program can prepare you for entry into an apprenticeship: Gain paid industry experience while you study.

plumbing student

Program at a glance



Work experience

Clinical/fieldwork placement

Study options


Open to International


Area of study

Trades Foundation


30 weeks full time

Seat availability

Select your preferred start date and confirm seat availability at 250-370-3550.
Training schedule

Fundamental Training

Start dates vary

The Plumbing & Pipe Trades Foundation program blends in-class theory with hands-on practical skills training to prepare graduates for entry level employment and apprenticeships.

Pipe trades simulator bus. A travelling workshop to showcase the pipe and plumbing trades.

Plumbing & Pipe Trades Mobile Pipe Trades Simulator

Over 30 weeks you will follow a modular training system that begins by developing a wide variety of basic skills and builds on these to develop specialized skills required by industry and related fields including irrigation, wastewater treatment, municipal services, solar system installations, well pump installation and plumbing wholesale supply.

The Plumbing & Pipe shops are located in the John Drysdale building on the Interurban campus. Our two shops are over 12,000 sq. ft. (1115 sq. metres) in size.


Hands-on learning

In the Plumbing & Pipe Trades Foundation program, you'll develop the skills and knowledge necessary for initial entry into the plumbing & pipe trades. You'll focus on the first–year apprentice competencies that are common to all of the piping trades, working through common core, and plumbing and pipe trades specialty modules.

You'll be exposed to on-the-job conditions so come prepared to work in several different simulations and environments and participate in a one-week, supervised field practice in an industry setting.

Practical projects will usually be done on-site either at the college or in cooperation with local industry.

An indigenous student checks a circuit panel in the electrical shop.

Information sessions

Learn more about Camosun's Trade Foundation programs.

Virtual Trades Information Session

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

A Group of seven plumbing students on the job site wearing hard hats and coveralls.

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

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 comprises the following core levels, in order:

  1. Trades Core
  2. Piping Core
  3. Gasfitting, Plumbing, Sprinklerfitting and Steamfitting Specialty Core

Students will apply and extend their academic knowledge and practical skills during a one-week supervised field practice in an industry setting where they will interact and build relationships with prospective employers and other tradespeople.

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

Camosun Plumbing and Pipe Trades logo

Next up: Apprenticeship

As a graduate of the program, you’ll be ready to start employment in plumbing, gasfitting, sprinklerfitting and steam/pipefitting. You’ll also be able to seek positions in other piping-related fields including irrigation, municipal services, solar system installation or plumbing wholesale supply.

Your training in the Foundation program will be consistent with provincial standards for plumbing and piping core knowledge. Credit for completing this program may be applied to a four-year apprenticeship program. As an apprentice in the plumbing and pipe trades, you'll build your skills and gain the practical experience necessary to become a fully qualified journeyperson.

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Plumbing and Pipe Trades Foundation, Certificate

$3,438 (domestic)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

One of:

  • C in English 11 *
  • C in ENGL 070  *

And one of:

  • C in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11**
  • COM in MATH 038 **

* Students who do not have the preferred English requirements are advised to refer to the Admission Requirement Course Alternatives or consult with an Admissions Advisor for additional Camosun English alternatives.

** Students may substitute a "C" or higher in Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11 for Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11. Students who do not have the preferred Math requirements are advised to refer to the Admission Requirement Course Alternatives or consult with an Admissions Advisor for additional Camosun Math alternatives. 

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...

Start dates vary

Program start and end dates.

Apply today

Missing admission requirements?

You may be able to take an assessment or upgrade with us.

Need help applying?

Find out more on How to Apply or speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Contact us

If you have admissions questions contact the Admissions office.

For questions about the program contact 250-370-3856, or the Department Chair.

plumbing instructors

Specialty programs

Camosun offers specialty programs to support trades education for Women and Indigenous people. 

Contact information

Trades Apprenticeship Office

Campus location

Centre for Trades and Technology building (CTEI), room 102

Location link

Interurban Campus



Admissions questions: