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Pipe Trades

Pipe Trades

A comprehensive and integrated program that builds skills in three fields: steamfitting/pipefitting, sprinkler systems and plumbing.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$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 & 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
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Seats available
Shelburne Campus • Shelburne Full time • In-class Seats available


This program gives you a distinct advantage over the training offered in other pipe trades programs. In just two years, you learn the fundamental skills of three trade disciplines: steamfitting/pipefitting, plumbing and sprinkler system installation. This exposure provides a high level of employability and is a tremendous opportunity to start working in any of these trades.

You develop the skills and knowledge to lay out, assemble, install, maintain and repair plumbing and heating systems, cooling systems, process pipe systems and industrial pipe systems. You learn to install and connect piping in buildings or structures, including the tubing for pneumatic or air handling systems. In this program, you also learn to interpret design drawings and develop skills in basic welding.

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.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Many pipe trade sectors: construction, manufacturing, service, maintenance and repair, solar and geothermal energy and industrial/commercial/residential supply sales and service.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer trades. 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.
  • You learn from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.
  • This is a unique opportunity to become skilled in three distinct areas of expertise.
  • 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 Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer trades.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer are designated trades 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, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer trades 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
PIPT 1001   Ferrous Piping
PIPT 1003   Applied Pipe Trade Math I
PIPT 1004   Non-Ferrous Piping
PIPT 1007   Applied Pipe Trade Math II
PIPT 1009   Introduction to Electric and Fuel Welding and Cutting
PIPT 1010   Introduction to Pipe Fabrication
PIPT 1012   Portfolio Workplace Shadowing I
PIPT 1013   Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems
PIPT 1014   Portfolio Workplace Shadowing II
PIPT 1015   Blueprint Interpretation and Plan Reading I
PIPT 1016   Blueprint Interpretation and Plan Reading II
PIPT 1017   Safety
PIPT 1018   Tools and Equipment
PIPT 1019   Introduction to Quality Control
PIPT 1020   Introduction to Sprinkler Systems
PIPT 3003   Introduction to Hydronic Heating
PIPT 3004   Introduction to Drainage Systems
PIPT 3005   Introduction to Venting Systems
PIPT 3006   Introduction to Water Supply
PIPT 3007   Introduction to Plumbing Appliances, Fixtures and Trim
PIPT 3011   Introduction to Rigging, Hoisting and Lifting
PIPT 3012   Industrial Pipefitting
PIPT 3013   Pipe Fabrication II
PIPT 3014   Electricity for Pipe Trades
PIPT 3015   Blueprint Interpretation and Plan Reading III
PIPT 3016   Building as a System
PIPT 3017   Pipe Trades Communication
PIPT 3100   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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