Plumbing

Learn how to install and repair water distribution and sanitary drainage systems as well as hot water heating systems.

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Start Date:
September
Duration:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (Combined In-class/Online)
Locations:
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September 2015 Annapolis Valley Campus • Lawrencetown • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Shelburne Campus • Shelburne • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Strait Area Campus (classes in Wagmatcook) • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Part-timeInstitute of Technology Campus/Online • Halifax • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Trained plumbers are always in demand. Every home and building relies on a plumber to pipe fresh water in—and pipe waste water out. This is a good career for a hardworking person who likes to solve problems. You receive training in the installation and repair of water distribution and sanitary drainage systems as well as hot water heating systems. All tasks are taught according to plumbing code and recognized trade standards.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Favourite"Working in the shop."
  2. Good To Know"How physically demanding it is, with carrying, cutting, and assembling heavy piping and digging."
  3. Cool Activity"We had to set up a bathroom from start to finish, all the way from putting the drainage in to installing the fixtures and water supply. "

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Plumber trade. To work in this trade, certification and registration as an apprentice is compulsory with the Nova Scotia's Apprenticeship Agency. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • This program gives you a solid foundation in plumbing and prepares you for many different areas of work – from the manufacturing industry and institutional maintenance to the service industry, sales, and plumber apprentice.

Employment Opportunities

  • Many areas of the plumbing field including: construction industry, manufacturing industry, service industry, maintenance and repair, construction estimating, and plumbing supply sales.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study. You complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at Institute of Technology Campus. No additional campus locations are available.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a Campus Registrar for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study is 2-years.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Student Success

  • Additional skills and abilities, including your math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades & Technology programs. Details are provided with your acceptance notification – Trades & Technology Preparation Checklist (23KB)

Other Info

  • Chemical Use – If you are chemically sensitive, it is important to note that chemicals (petroleum products) and lubricants are commonly used in the Plumbing trade.
  • Registered apprentices can apply for the NSCC Journeyperson Diploma. This diploma recognizes your apprentice training, and the completion of NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.
  • Red Seal – Plumber is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You will participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
COMP 1217   Computer Applications I
PLGP 1000   Safety, Tools, Equipment and Rigging
PLGP 1001   Pipe Fittings and Pipe Assembly (Ferrous)
PLGP 1002   Pipe Fitting and Assembly II (Non-Ferrous)
PLGP 1003   Blueprint Reading and Interpretation I
PLGP 1004   Drainage and Venting Systems I (Part A)
PLGP 1006   Drainage and Venting Systems I (Part B)
PLGP 1007   Water Supply I and II
PLGP 1008   Plumbing Appliances - Fixtures & Trim
PLGP 1009   Introduction to Hydronic Heating
PLGP 1100   Work Experience - PLGP
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Milestone
Introduction to Confined Space Entry
Introduction to Fall Arrest / Fall Protection
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

  1. Visit NSCC

    Visit NSCC » Campus Tour
  2. Application Process

    Who Can ApplyHow to Apply

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