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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
Typical Length:
1 Year
 
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Credential:
Certificate
Tuition:
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton Full time • In-class Seats available
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Waitlist
Institute of Technology Campus/Online (classes in Institute of Technology Campus) • Halifax Part time • Blended Seats available
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available

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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • 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're referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study is two years.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Career options

  • 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.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Plumber trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • 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.
  • Continue your studies at university – this program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's important to note that chemicals (petroleum products) and lubricants are commonly used in the Plumbing trade.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Plumber is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Plumber trade in Nova Scotia.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
PLGP 1000   Safety, Tools, Equipment and Rigging
PLGP 1001   Ferrous Piping
PLGP 1002   Non-Ferrous Piping
PLGP 1003   Blueprint Reading and Interpretation I
PLGP 1004   Introduction to Drainage Systems
PLGP 1006   Introduction to Venting Systems
PLGP 1007   Introduction to Water Supply
PLGP 1008   Introduction to Plumbing Appliances, Fixtures and Trim
PLGP 1009   Introduction to Hydronic Heating
PLGP 1100   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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