CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
WoodstockSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission 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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    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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course is designed to introduce students in the construction trades to a variety of generic hand and power tools and equipment and their uses within the context of safe work practices. Students become familiar with, and safely handle construction trade tools and equipment, and become more skilled with the tools and equipment specific to their trade as they use them in an applied fashion in their trade specific courses. They are required to demonstrate the selection and safe use of common hand and power tools and receive instruction on several types of fastening systems.


    • SECU1221G

    This course is designed to introduce trade specific mathematical problems that will be encountered when working on the job, in order to develop the skills necessary to solve workplace problems in piping systems.


    • MATH1208D

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1208D

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course is designed to introduce a variety of plumbing fixtures, appliances and installation techniques for residential applications.


    • PLMB1050C
    • PLMB1047G

    In this course, students learn to safely assemble piping systems according to codes and standards. Students learn to use fastening devices and the proper procedures to install and maintain piping valves.


    • CPTC1043F
    • SECU1221G

    This course focuses on the principles of water supply to residential, commercial, and industrial applications through municipal water supplies.


    • PLMB1047G

    This course introduces the principles of drainage and waste systems and the installation of drainage, waste, and venting systems for basic residential application. Students learn the basics of installation, operation, and maintenance of rural sewage disposal systems.


    • PLMB1047G

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. This experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course is designed to prepare students to use information contained in blueprints and other drawings necessary to plan and carry out piping installations. Students learn to compare specifications to drawings, make references to multiple types of drawings and generate sketches and drawings.



    • PRLP1058F

    This course is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

    This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required for installing, testing, and maintaining piping and heating control systems according to various codes and standards.


      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      This course is designed to prepare students to work with crane operators and, where applicable, engineers to set up equipment and perform lifts. This course examines the intricacies of planning and carrying out common rigging, hoisting, lifting and positioning tasks. Students continue to learn about care and maintenance of equipment and tools. Workplace safety is emphasized.


      • SECU1221G

      This course is designed to introduce students to welding equipment, applications and procedures. Students learn safe practices for operating, maintaining and storing welding equipment, soldering and brazing equipment and oxy-fuel equipment.


      • SECU1221G

      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

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