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The Plumbing Apprenticeship Program at BCIT, Consider It!

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

Your Plumbing Apprenticeship is a trade and career that:

  • Maximizes your job prospects
  • Makes you part of the booming construction industry

Once your apprenticeship is complete, you can choose the industry sector you want to work in:

  • Smaller companies specialize in strictly residential plumbing
  • Larger firms work on everything from high-rise buildings to industrial construction sites
  • Start your own business
  • Work out of the province

As a graduate apprentice you qualify for the Interprovincial Red Seal, so your trade qualifications are recognized throughout Canada. Also as a graduating fourth year student from BCIT, you are eligible to receive a Diploma in Trades Training, something no other training institution in the province can offer.

For more information view our career video and check out our Part-time studies page.


Our Mission Statement: To uphold high educational standards through applied technology and practical skills within an ever-changing industry.

Program Entry

There are two ways of beginning your plumbing apprenticeship:

  1. Take the Piping Foundation program. At the end of the 26 weeks of training in the program you'll have the basic plumbing knowledge and skills to increase your plumbing employment opportunities. The Foundation program qualifies for Level One of your apprenticeship with the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
  2. Find employment with a plumbing company that registers you with the ITA. In this option, you are indentured to a plumbing company as an apprentice plumber learning basic plumbing skills while you are employed. The advantage is that you earn while you learn.

For more information on our Piping Foundation program contact Admission & Registration.

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs or view the Plumbing Apprentice training schedule for the next available training date.

Entrance requirements

Note: Entrance Requirements are used as a guideline for success in this Apprenticeship program. They are recommended, not required.

  • High school graduation
  • English 12 or English language proficiency
  • Algebra 11 or Trade Mathematics 11
  • Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.


Within 2 weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter details information on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

On the BCIT Bookstore web page you can find a list of the text books required for all of our Apprenticeship levels.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Apprentices are expected to supply their own CSA approved steel-toed boots, hard hats and safety glasses. Cost of books/supplies to be determined.

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.


Each year in the program is a building block to the next. Here is what you can expect in each of the four years of your apprenticeship.

First Year

Theory consists of:

  • Math skill development
  • Science of gases and thermal expansion
  • Valve types and applications
  • WCB Regulations and job site safety
  • BC Plumbing Code Introduction

In the practical portion of first year, you will perform:

  • Proper soldering and brazing techniques
  • Oxygen and acetylene cutting
  • Welding
  • Safe rigging procedures
  • Installation of a hot water tank

NOTE: In addition to supplying your own personal protective equipment you will also need a number of books and classroom supplies.

Second Year

Theory consists of:

  • BC Building Code - Drainage and Venting Requirements
  • Fundamentals of hot water heating
  • Builders level
  • Blue print reading
  • Compressed air
  • Medical gases

In the practical portion of second year:

  • You'll design and lay out a set of blue prints for a plumbing system of a three level residential home that meets the requirements of the B.C. Plumbing Code, then rough in a bathroom group that includes drainage, venting and water piping.
  • Install a hydronic heating system that includes two zones complete with three baseboard heaters. This system will be fully operational using a circulator, zone valves, baseboard heaters, thermostats and a fan control switch.
  • Builders levels will take you on a mini-tour of the BCIT campus while taking numerous elevation shots along the way.
  • You'll perform a medical gas silver soldering project using an inert gas for purging.

Third Year

Theory consists of:

  • BC Plumbing Code application
  • Water pipe sizing systems
  • Gasfitting
  • Specification Interpretation
  • Rural Water Systems
  • Fire protection
  • Cross Connection Control

The practical components of third year include:

  • Clocking gas meters
  • Burner adjustments
  • Testing and troubleshooting backflow prevention assemblies, which lead to "Tester" certification in cross connection control.

Fourth Year

Theory consists of:

  • Combustion and ventilation air requirements
  • Atmospheric and power burners
  • Gas valves and regulators
  • Appliance venting and start-up procedures
  • Rural sewage systems
  • National Plumbing Code
  • Hydronic heating design and controls

The practical portion of fourth year includes:

  • Electrical circuit wiring and testing
  • Appliance light-up and trouble shooting (conducted in both the Gas and Electrical Labs)
  • Designing a set of gasfitting drawings for a single family home

Class hours

0730-1400, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

In BCIT's Plumbing Apprenticeship program you'll learn a variety of trade-specific topics, enabling you to install, maintain and repair piping systems that carry a wide variety of fluids used in residential, commercial and industrial settings according to the BC Plumbing Code.

Training is instructor driven. Lectures, labs and tutorials are the primary course delivery methods.

Classroom activities take place in an atmosphere promoting class participation. In groups of up to 16 students, you'll use interactive software programs developed by your instructors to enhance your training experience. You'll complete practical projects in building NE-6 or one of the department's numerous labs.

As a leader in trades training in the province, BCIT offers a variety of institute-driven support services that are at your disposal. For example:

Program length

The total amount of in-school training for a plumbing apprenticeship is 780 hours. There are four levels of training. The first three levels are six weeks in length and the fourth level is eight weeks.


A minimum grade of 70 per cent is required.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.


BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

If after reviewing the information on our web pages you still have questions regarding our program, please contact any one of us. It would be our pleasure to help you with additional information.

Ron Stewart

Ron Stewart, Chief Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-432-8420
E: ron_stewart@bcit.ca

Mick Bryant

Mick Bryant, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4937
E: mick_bryant@bcit.ca


Tim Carson, Instructor
M.A., Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-453-4067
E: tim_carson@bcit.ca


Steve Gilles, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225
E: sgilles8@bcit.ca

Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston, Instructor
M.Ed., C.I.P.E., Steamfitting I.P.,
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225
E: bill_johnston@bcit.ca

Marcus Kotierk

Marcus Kotierk, Instructor
Steamfitting I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4937
E: mkotierk@bcit.ca

Michael Lesperance

Michael Lesperance, Technician
T: 604-451-6991
E: michael_lesperance@bcit.ca


Rick Lindberg, Instructor
Steamfitting I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225
E: rlindberg3@bcit.ca

Karl Lutsch

Karl Lutsch, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-412-7535
E: karl_lutsch@bcit.ca

Eric MacKay

Eric MacKay, Support Staff
T: 604-432-8962
E: eric_mackay@bcit.ca

Nik Nathoo

Nik Nathoo, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4978
E: nnathoo1@bcit.ca

Mark Overgaard

Mark Overgaard, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4900
E: mark_overgaard@bcit.ca

Dale Pfaff

Dale Pfaff, Instructor
M.Ed., C.I.P.E., Plumbing I.P.,
Sprinklerfitting I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-7116
E: dale_pfaff@bcit.ca


Lyle Reid, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1226
E: lyle_reid@bcit.ca

Raj Samra

Raj Samra, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4978
E: rsamra4@bcit.ca

Rob Stiener

Rob Steiner, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4959
E: rob_steiner@bcit.ca

Brian Sweet

Brian Sweet, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-7164
E: brian_sweet@bcit.ca

Lorne Sweet

Lorne Sweet, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., Steamfitting I.P.,
"A" Gas Certification,
"B" Welding TQ with PWP7
T: 604-431-4994
E: lorne_sweet@bcit.ca

Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-6711
E: ryan_thomas@bcit.ca

Richard Yoo

Richard Yoo, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4967
E: richard_yoo@bcit.ca


Contact Us

Ron Stewart, Chief Instructor
Tel: 604-432-8420
E-mail: ron_stewart@bcit.ca 

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

The BCIT Apprentice Service can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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"We hire BCIT grads because they're qualified, skilled and properly trained. BCIT continuously enhances its program to keep ahead of the changing needs of our industry. We're proud to be associated with this program."

Trevor Hildebrand
President, Phase Mechanical


"Plumbing is a diversified and continuously changing field. BCIT's shop is very well equipped with the latest technology, while excellent instructors provide the instruction. I received the skills I needed to open up my own business as a plumber and gas fitter. I recommend BCIT's Plumbing program."

Jeff Small
President, Benchmark Mech. Ltd.,
BCIT Plumbing Graduate


KLM Mechanical Systems Ltd. has been using BCIT to help us hire new plumbing apprentices for approximately ten years. When we are looking to hire new apprentices, we always start at the BCIT Piping Foundation program. They have always been a great partner in staffing for our Company.

Jim MacGregor
Field Superintendent,
KLM Mechanical Systems Ltd.

Training Schedules

Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.