CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2018
St. AndrewsSeptember 2018
WoodstockSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Plumbers see each water distribution and drainage system as an interesting challenge. They use hand and power tools to fix plumbing fixtures and install water systems. You’ll learn about hot water facilities and sewage systems, as well as how to assemble, install and repair pipes, fixtures and fittings. After learning how to interpret basic blueprints, you’ll have the necessary skills to layout a complete plumbing system according to specific building codes. Employment in plumbing is stable in every economic market and competent plumbers find work fast.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate, you may be employed in an entry-level position with maintenance departments of manufacturing, commercial, healthcare and educational facilities, by plumbing contractors, by plumbing service companies or eventually, you may be self-employed. This program is designed to provide you with entry-level knowledge and skills in core subjects, and practical experience to enable you to pursue a career as a plumber, steamfitter/ pipefitter or sprinkler fitter, or opportunities in municipal water supply and supply distributors. You may specialize in the installation of piping systems in a wide variety of settings, such as residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings, as well as in repair and maintenance of existing systems.

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    NOC Codes

    6221 - Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
    7251 - Plumbers
    7252 - Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
    7253 - Gas fitters
    7442 - Waterworks and gas maintenance workers

    What you will learn

    • oxy-fuel welding and cutting
    • tools and equipment
    • blueprint reading basics
    • architectural drawings and symbols
    • piping drawings and symbols
    • piping and fittings
    • copper tubing and fittings
    • valves
    • safety codes and regulations
    • cross-connection controls
    • hydronic heating systems

    Specific Considerations

    To perform job duties effectively and efficiently, you need to know all applicable codes, regulations and laws, and have knowledge of a wide variety of piping systems and plumbing components. You must be able to properly operate hand and power tools and related equipment, as well as have the ability to determine the appropriate and safest means of performing your tasks. You also need to possess good mechanical, mathematical and space visualization skills. Because of the interactions with co-workers, clients and other trades people, you also need good interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written form. There are certain piping trade skills that are common to plumbers, gas fitters, steamfitters-pipefitters and sprinkler system installers.

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