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Your Future Begins with a Solid Piping Foundation

Note: Our Winter part-time studies courses have commenced.
Our Spring/Summer term will be starting up again in April.

The Piping Foundation program prepares students for entry-level employment in the piping trades: plumbing, steamfitting, gasfitting, and sprinklerfitting. By experiencing all four trade specialties, students will be prepared to make an informed decision about which career path best suits them if they decide to pursue an apprenticeship. The knowledge of various piping trades also increases their employment opportunities.



Piping Foundation Program

Plumbing - Plumbers work with domestic hot and cold water, drainage systems, and hydronic heating systems. Many plumbers hold gas tickets because of the widespread use of natural gas in British Columbia. All plumbing work in Canada is closely regulated. Accordingly, plumbers must become familiar with the National Building Code, the BC Plumbing Code and municipal bylaws and amendments.

Steamfitting - Steamfitters/pipefitters install, alter, maintain and repair piping systems that convey low and high pressure steam, hot water, air, fuel gases, fuel and finely divided solids. Steamfitters/pipefitters are employed in thermal and hydro power plants, mines, chemical and industrial plants, petroleum refineries, pulp and paper mills, dairies, schools, apartment and office buildings, hospitals, shopping malls, laundries, ships, shipyards and oil drilling platforms.

Gasfitting - Domestic/commercial Gas Fitters design, install, repair and maintain gas fired appliances, equipment and distribution piping systems. Advances in modern appliance controls technology require gasfitters to develop strong electrical, computer and trouble shooting skills. They may work in new construction, or be installing systems in existing buildings that are being upgraded.

Sprinklerfitting - Sprinklerfitters/sprinkler system installers install, alter and repair automatic, deluge or open sprinklers; foam, fog and carbon dioxide systems; wet or dry standpipes; inside first aid and hose pipe systems, private fire hydrant systems, fire pumps and all related equipment. They also install and repair outside services when those services are used for fire protection. They may work in new construction, or be installing systems in existing buildings that are being upgraded.

The Program

Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic tasks in each of the four piping areas: plumbing, steamfitting, gasfitting and sprinklerfitting.

Plumbers, steamfitters, sprinklerfitters and gasfitters must be able to work at heights and in enclosed spaces. Good physical condition is necessary. Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the Institute's rehabilitation specialist, 604-451-6963.

Piping trades people must have mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, and the ability to read and understand complex instructions and to do careful and exacting work. They need to be comfortable with a wide range of power tools, machines and equipment, and must be prepared to learn about new developments in their trade.

Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must review the Student Introductory Letter and meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

International applicants

This program accepts applications from international students; however, international students are not eligible to continue to an apprenticeship training program.

To learn more about international student opportunities at BCIT, visit BCIT International.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$450 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

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.

Students are also required to purchase a respirator capable of protection from PVC and CPVC vapours. BCIT will provide enrolled students with a “fit test” and recommends not purchasing a respirator until then.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

0730–1400, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  PIPE 1100 Safe Work Practices for Piping Trades 2.0
  PIPE 1110 Piping Tools and Equipment 14.0
  PIPE 1120 Organize Work in the Piping Trades 18.0
  PIPE 1130 Prepare and Assemble Piping Components 18.0
Total Credits: 52.0

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

Program length

26 weeks, full-time


In order to successfully pass a course, a minimum grade of 70% is required.

Attendance Requirement

A student who is absent for any cause, for more than 5% of the prescribed total program time unless prior authorization has been granted by the chief instructor, may be prohibited from completing the program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Program structure

The program is divided into:

  • Shop demonstration and practice
  • Classroom lectures and assignments
  • Student self directed studies

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Piping Foundation prepares students for entry-level employment in the piping trades. Upon successful completion of the program, students may seek employment as apprentices. The employment outlook for graduates of the Piping program is very good.

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.

Training Schedule

The below training schedule is for the convenience of our prospective students. We suggest you contact admission and registration to see if there have been any changes to what is currently listed and or the class has reached its intake capacity.

Note: All classes are limited to 16 students and fill months in advance.

Start Date: Mar 25, 2019 End Date: Sep 20, 2019
Start Date: Jun 3, 2019 End Date: Nov 29, 2019
Start Date: Jul 22, 2019 End Date: Jan 31, 2020
Start Date: Aug 26, 2019 End Date: Mar 6, 2020
Start Date: Sep 23, 2019 End Date: Apr 3, 2020
Start Date: Nov 12, 2019 End Date: May 22, 2020
Start Date: Dec 2, 2019 End Date: Jun 12, 2020
Start Date: Feb 3, 2020 End Date: Jul 31, 2020
Start Date: Mar 9, 2020 End Date: Sep 4, 2020
Start Date: Mar 30, 2020 End Date: Sep 25, 2020

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.

For a list of our current Program Advisory Committee (PAC) members please see below.

Faculty and Staff

Ron Stewart
Ron Stewart, Department Head
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-432-8420
Mick Bryant
Mick Bryant, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4937

Steve Gilles, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225

Rick Lindberg, Faculty
Steamfitting I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225
Eric MacKay
Eric MacKay, Support Staff
T: 604-432-8962
Mark Overgaard
Mark Overgaard, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4900
Dale Pfaff
Dale Pfaff, Faculty
M.Ed., C.I.P.E., Plumbing I.P.,
Sprinklerfitting I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-7116
Lyle Reid
Lyle Reid, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1226
Raj Samra

Raj Samra, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4978
Rob Stiener
Rob Steiner, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4959
Brian Sweet
Brian Sweet, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-7164
Ryan Thomas
Ryan Thomas, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-6711
Richard Yoo
Richard Yoo, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4967

Program Advisory Committee

  • Shaun Giesbrecht-Chair, President, Matrix Contracting Inc.
  • Jeff Blair, President, Barclay Sales Ltd. BC
  • Guido Borrelli, Distribution Service Agent, Fortis BC
  • Matt Griesedale-Lifton, Superintendent, Sentrax Mechanical Contracting
  • Rick Vanier, Senior Safety Officer, Technical Safety BC
  • Cory Williams, Industry Relations, Industry Relations Authority

Contact Us

Ron Stewart, Department Head
T: 604-432-8420

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"When I was considering a career change I looked carefully at the different schools offering Piping Trades training. Thanks to the education I received from BCIT I couldn’t be happier with my decision to become a plumber. I am now a second year apprentice working in high rise on the campus of Simon Frasier University. Life couldn’t be better."

Nathan Kwon
Piping Foundation Graduate
EMCO Award Recipient


"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

Career video featuring Jeff Small.


"Taking the BCIT Piping Foundation Program was the first step in a major career change for me. I entered the program completely green to the industry and graduated with job ready skills that landed me a great apprenticeship opportunity. Every aspect of the curriculum equipped me with the know-how to succeed. Day one on the job site I was handed tools and tasks that I was completely familiar with and able to perform. These skill set is what I continue to utilize and develop everyday on the job." Cameron Hock, Foundation Graduate