Plumbing and Pipe Trades Foundation, Certificate

Build a solid future for yourself and your community

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Trades & Apprenticeship

Study options

Full-time

Blended delivery

Work experience

None

Open to International

No

Length

Full-Time Self-Directed or Lock-Step: 30 weeks. Blended: 20 weeks online part-time, followed by 25 weeks self-directed

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Centre for Trades Education

Fundamental Training

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.

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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 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 a number of 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.

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 & piping core knowledge and credit for completing this program may be applied to a four-year apprenticeship program. As an apprentice, you will continue to build on your skills and gain the practical experience necessary to become fully qualified.

An investment in your career

Invest in yourself! This foundation program can prepare you for entry into an apprenticeship: Gain paid industry experience while you study.

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Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

$3,174 (domestic)

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.

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the next intake.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of:

  • C in English 11 *
  • C in ENGL 058 *

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. 

Our Teaching Staff

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

Jamie McPherson

Jamie McPherson

Chair, Plumbing and Pipe Trades; Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Following in his father’s footsteps, Jamie started his career in the piping trades back in 1987 when he started a sprinkler fitting apprenticeship. Af ... Read more

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Darren Vaux

Darren Vaux

Program Leader, Plumbing and Pipe Trades,

Originally from the Cowichan Valley, Darren relocated to Victoria after learning his trade in the high-rise construction market in Vancouver during th ... Read more

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 Robert Archer

Robert Archer

Instructor, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Rob served three apprenticeships in Ontario; Refrigeration Air Conditioning Mechanic, Sheet Metal Worker, and Electrician. Not only did he earn his Re ... Read more

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Scott Armour

Scott Armour

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

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Andrea Durdle

Andrea Durdle

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

After several years working in the restaurant industry Andrea decided that it was time for a career change, she enrolled in the Pipe Trade Foundations ... Read more

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John Gordon

John Gordon

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

  John is a graduate of Camosun's Plumbing program, and has over 25 years of experience in the industry. After working as a Plumber and Gasfit ... Read more

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 Rod Lidstone

Rod Lidstone

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

Rod was inspired to enter the Pipes trade because his father was a heavy duty mechanic who then pursued many other entrepreneurial ventures. His fathe ... Read more

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Landon Martin

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

A graduate of the Camosun Interurban Pipe Trades Foundations course.  National Champion UA Apprenticeship plumbing competition and Western r ... Read more

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 Derek Meadows

Derek Meadows

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

Born and raised in Victoria, I completed my Plumbing Apprenticeship here at Camosun College in 2000 where I received my Red Seal Plumbing Ticket and a ... Read more

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 Dennis Morris

Dennis Morris

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

  After graduation from Mt Douglas High School in 1987, Dennis started working as an asbestos remover. He quickly decided that this was not a ... Read more

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 Al Paterson

Al Paterson

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

  Al began his apprenticeship in Ontario in 1986 and graduated from George Brown College in 1991. Relocating to BC in 1992 Al worked in the Co ... Read more

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Ron Perkin

Ron Perkin

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

Ron started his career in the pipe trades as a Sprinkler Fitting apprentice, he became a Red seal Sprinkler Fitter graduating at the top of his class ... Read more

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 Josh Stull

Josh Stull

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

Red Seal Endorsed Plumber and Steamfitter; completed trades training here at Camosun; worked in the local residential and commercial plumbing trade, a ... Read more
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Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

Contact information

Jamie McPherson

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
John Drysdale Building 129E
4461 Interurban Rd.
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

Interurban Campus

250–370–3759

mcpherson@camosun.ca