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.

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 piping materials like copper, cast iron, black iron, and plastics. The theory portion of the course includes safety, trade math, science, piping materials and code.

Education requirements

  • Mathematics and English 11
  • Successful score on ACCUPLACER

Pre-test schedule

To arrange for the Accuplacer test contact the TRU Assessment Centre at 250-828-5470. Arrangements can be made for out-of-town applicants to write the pre-test at an authorized testing centre in their community.


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Next program intakes

Aug 28, 2023 to Feb 2, 2024

Program length

21 weeks



At TRU the four levels or years of the plumbing apprenticeship training are offered. Level 4 leads to 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 1September 5, 2023October 20, 2023KamloopsFull
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 2October 23, 2023December 15, 2023KamloopsAvailable
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 3January 2, 2024February 16, 2024KamloopsAvailable
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 4February 20, 2024April 12, 2024KamloopsAvailable
Plumber (Harmonized) - Level 1April 15, 2024May 31, 2024KamloopsAvailable
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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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