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

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

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 22, 2022 to Jan 27, 2023

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 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 3September 6, 2022October 14, 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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