Pipefitters use blueprints and project specifications to construct and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals and fuel. Steamfitters are typically pipefitters who specialize in pipe systems that move liquids or gases under high pressure.

Steamfitter/pipefitters test and maintain the systems once they are in place, using specialized equipment to ensure the safety of the pipes and other components of the system such as the automatic controls that are increasingly being used to monitor these systems. Steamfitter/pipefitters often work on heating and cooling systems in large industrial plants as well as various systems in electric power plants. They must know how to work with a wide variety of materials because these systems are made of several different types of materials including steel, copper, plastic and numerous metal alloys.

Piping Trades: Plumber, Steamfitter, Piperfitter

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.

Other requirements

  • $16.83 per month lab/studio fee
  • Students are required to purchase their own tool boxes and tools — available at the Tool Room TT252 ($340)
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Next program intakes

Feb. 1, 2021 - July 23, 2021

Program length

25 weeks



Thompson Rivers University offers the steamfitter/pipefitter apprenticeship at Level 1.

Recommended education

  • Grade 12 or equivalent including Engilsh 12, Algebra 11 or Trade Mathmatics 11 and Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11

Apprentices must purchase the required textbooks and provincial competency manuals. Students are also required to pay tuition fees while attending TRU.


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) March 1, 2021 April 16, 2021 Kamloops
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TRU Apprenticeship

Accelerated Training

Flexibility and Innovation Apprenticeship Technical Training

The FIATT program offers flexibility and innovation in steamfitter/pipefitter apprenticeship technical training. Through an accelerated program blending classroom and online learning, FIATT prepares Level 3 and 4 apprentices to achieve Red Seal certification with less classroom time.

How it works

The standard in-class, block technical training model of steamfitter/pipefitter apprenticeship training can take more than four years to complete. An apprentice is required to complete 5,620 hours of on-the-job training and an additional 26 weeks of in-class block technical training in four levels.

FIATT apprentices will receive a portion of their Level 3 and Level 4 technical training online. Technical training includes both theoretical and practical assessments. The online portion of the program is followed by 10 weeks of on-campus technical training for the balance of Level 3 and Level 4 competencies. This format reduces overall on-campus classroom time by four weeks while allowing the apprentice to fulfil the required technical training to attain Red Seal certification as a steamfitter/pipefitter.

Why TRU?

Our flexible, blended learning model allows you to complete the theory portion of your training online while studying at your own pace and on a schedule that meets your needs. Get certified and advance your career in the steamfitter/pipefitter trade with this accelerated program.

TRU promotes the innovative delivery of technical training by creating opportunities for apprentices in Red Seal trades. This pilot program delivers practical solutions to help steamfitter/pipefitter apprentices train and achieve industry-recognized trade certification faster and with limited time away from work.

How to qualify

  • Currently registered as a steamfitter/pipefitter apprentice
  • Finished Level 2 technical training*
  • Committed to completing your apprenticeship

*If you have two or more years (2,800-plus logged hours) of work experience in the steam/pipefitting industry but have not finished Level 2 technical training, you may still qualify.


Are you interested in a program that can help you reach your skilled trades training and hiring goals? Do you employ steamfitter/pipefitters?

This program will help your current apprentices achieve their certification and provide you with access to qualified Level 3 steamfitter/pipefitter apprentices.

Register your apprentices in this innovative program and they will complete their technical training with little time away from work.

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What to expect
  • Level 3 and Level 4 technical training
  • Reduced classroom time
  • Less time away from work
  • Blended learning
  • Online training
  • On-campus practical learning

Costs for Steamfitter/Pipefitter programs

Fees are based on 2019 rates and 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.

Application fee $29.83
Accuplacer exam fee $37
Accuplacer rewrites $25
Parking (student parking website) $2.50 (pass)
$5 per day
Plumbing Foundation
Tuition $2,475.00
Student and lab fees $825.00
Learning guides and/or textbooks $565.00
Tool box with hand tools $425.00
CSA work boots, clear safety glasses, 1-2 sets coveralls $275.00
Calculator, 3-ring binder, paper, pens, etc. $50
Total $4,615.00