Plumbers install, alter and repair the systems that keep our water and waste disposal systems running, and that provide many of the basic amenities we rely on day-to-day. They read and interpret blueprints and project specifications. Plumbers also select the type and size of pipe required for a project and measure, shape and join pipes according to the appropriate specifications. They sometimes alter structures to accommodate the pipes.

Piping Trades: Plumber, Steamfitter, Pipefitter

This foundation program also covers:

Students gain familiarity with the hand and power tools used in the field. Hands-on use of the tools and piping materials like copper, cast iron, black iron, and plastics comprise about 50% of the course. Fixture installation is part of this as well. The other half of the course consists of pre-practical training, as well as safety, trade math, and science. The students will be actively involved in the plumbing of a house in the community, working with other trade entry students from carpentry and the electrical departments.

Education requirements

  • Mathematics and English 11
  • Successful score on ACCUPLACER

General requirements

  • Canadian citizenship, or landed immigrant status
  • Students must supply own coveralls, boots, safety glasses, and gloves

Documentation requirements

  • Proof of citizenship or landed immigrant status required if applicant not born in Canada
  • Proof of successful reading and math pre-test results
  • Verification of personal interview with the instructor
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Next program intakes

Kamloops March 28, 2022 to August 19, 2022

Kamloops January 30, 2023 to June 23, 2023

Program length

21 weeks



At TRU the four levels or years of the plumbing apprenticeship training are offered. As well, fourth-year students are given instruction in natural gas code and installation and have the opportunity to write and acquire a Class GBEE Gasfitters license as well as their Interprovincial Plumbing Trades Qualification.


Apprentices must purchase the required textbooks and provincial competency manuals. Students are also required to pay tuition fees while attending TRU.

Apprenticeship training dates

Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 2January 4, 2022February 25, 2022Kamloops
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 3February 28, 2022April 14, 2022Kamloops
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 1September 6, 2022October 21, 2022Kamloops
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 2October 24, 2022December 16, 2022Kamloops
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 4October 24, 2022December 16, 2022Kamloops
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 3January 3, 2023February 17, 2023Kamloops
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 4February 20, 2023April 14, 2023Kamloops
Plumber - Level 4January 4, 2022February 25, 2022Kamloops
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Costs for Plumber programs

Fees are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

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