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

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

February 1, 2021 - July 23, 2021

January 31, 2022 - July 22, 2022

Program length

25 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

PLUMB - Level 1 (Harmonized) Mar 01, 2021 Apr 16, 2021 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 1 (Harmonized) Nov 01, 2021 Dec 17, 2021 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 2 (Harmonized) Apr 19, 2021 Jun 11, 2021 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 2 (Harmonized) Jan 04, 2022 Feb 25, 2022 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 3 (Harmonized) Jun 14, 2021 Jul 30, 2021 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 3 (Harmonized) Feb 28, 2022 Apr 14, 2022 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 4   (FULL) Jan 04, 2021 Feb 26, 2021 Kamloops 
PLUMB - Level 4 Sep 7, 2021 Oct 29, 2021 Kamloops
for this apprenticeship course

Apprenticeship Costs

  • 6 weeks - $732.29
  • 7 weeks - $853.90
  • 8 weeks - 975.51


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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