Plumbing Apprenticeship

This partnership between Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District No. 42 provides a unique opportunity for secondary school students to complete Grade 12 graduation requirements while earning post-secondary credits and certification in the plumbing/pipe fitting field.

Additionally, students will acquire job-ready skills to enter the job market or pursue other post-secondary education. Students will develop the necessary habits concerning safety and the proper use of time, tools, materials, and the work skills required to be a competent tradesperson in today’s workforce.

Students who successfully complete the Plumbing Foundation program will receive Level 1 in-school technical training credit and 375 work-based hours towards completion of the Plumber Apprenticeship program, and will receive their Level 2 in-school technical training.

Students are able to follow one of the four certification streams: plumbing, pipe fitting, gas fitting and sprinkler fitting.





How to Apply

To apply to this program, visit

Your application package must include the following:

  • Application form and waiver – KPU
  • SD42 Partnership Application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter (briefly stating why you are interested in this program)
  • Recent transcript of your grades

Submit the complete package to your school’s career planning assistant, work experience teacher, or counselor.

The Program

This 21-week program prepares students for employment as a plumber apprentice. 

Students will develop the necessary habits concerning safety, time and materials management, hand tools and power tools. 

Practical projects are performed in a shop environment to enhance students’ skills in installation, pipe repair and maintenance, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

Students who complete the Foundation program are eligible for ITA credit in Plumber Level 1 apprenticeship and 375 work-based hours. 

Taking a foundation program can build the skills that employers are looking for.

To progress as an apprentice you will need to find an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship and register with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). When you are ready for career advancement; KPU delivers Plumbing Apprentice in-school technical training levels 2, 3 and 4.

Program Content

The standard program consists of the following course content:

  • Mathematics
  • Tools
  • Science
  • Safety
  • Pipes, valves, fittings
  • Rigging
  • Cutting, soldering and brazing
  • Drafting and blueprint reading
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