Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc
Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.
Plumbing and Pipe Trades Foundation, Certificate
Build a solid future for yourself and your community
Program at a glance
Area of Study
Trades & Apprenticeship
Open to International
Full-Time Self-Directed or Lock-Step: 30 weeks. Blended: 20 weeks online part-time, followed by 25 weeks self-directed
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.
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.
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.
Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.
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:
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
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.
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.
For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.