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Piping Trades Foundation Certificate

Location(s): Dawson Creek


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The Piping Trades Foundation Training Program encompasses the foundational technical training required to enter into the Plumber and Steamfitter/Pipefitter trades. This training includes all the relevant technical training to simultaneously complete the Foundation/Level 1 Skilled Trades BC (STBC) learning outcomes for both trades. 
Students who successfully complete this training will have satisfied the STBC requirements for their level 1 training in either trade. While enrolled in this program, students must complete a two-week (60 hour) work practicum placement, exposing them to the tasks and day-to-day functions of employees and apprentices in the trade. Students who complete the Piping Trades Foundation Program will receive credit for 375 work-based hours towards completion of either Plumbing Apprenticeship or Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprenticeship, depending on their choice of trade.

Career Prospects


Plumbers, steamfitters/pipefitters, gasfitters, and sprinkler fitters can find employment in the maintenance departments of factories, plants and other similar establishments. They can also find work with pipefitting and sprinkler system contractors, or become self-employed in the industry.

Details


Intakes


No intakes are scheduled at this time.

Length


540 hours; approximately 19 weeks long.

Estimated Program Fees


Program fee type: Trades/Apprenticeship (Tier 2)

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.
Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Total
Year 1 $ 1,846.80 $ 83.88 $ 340.96 $ 2,271.64

International Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
International
Medical Insurance
Total
Year 1 $ 6,636.60 $ 83.88 $ 340.96 $ 828.00 $ 7,061.44

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Admission Requirements


Complete either A, B, C, or D:

A. English and Math


English Requirement

One of the following:

  • BC Language Arts 10 Courses - 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
  • BC Language Arts 11 Courses - 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
  • BC Language Arts 12 Courses - 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
  • ENGL 030  or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
  • IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English placement test and score.

Math Requirement

One of the following:

  • BC Math 10 with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent
  • BC Math 11 with a minimum final grade of C, or equivalent
  • BC Math 12 with a minimum final grade of C, or equivalent
  • MATH 030  or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.

B. ESTR 037


Complete:

C. Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT)


All of:

  • Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher

Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interviews may be conducted virtually if necessary.

D. POWER


Complete:

Important Notes


  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.

  2. Students must provide personal protective equipment (gloves, hard hats, coveralls, footwear having CSA safety-toe protection, and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses).  Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.

  3. The program is affiliated with SkilledTradesBC.

Program Requirements


Residency Requirement 100% of each level must be completed at Northern Lights College or by approval of the Dean
Minimum Grade Requirements 70% minimum in all courses

Credential


Certificate in Piping Trades Foundation Training

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