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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

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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.

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.

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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery 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 CampusHalifax Part time BlendedComplete 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. Seats available
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time In-class Waitlist
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class Seats available

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

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

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.

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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

PLGP 1000 - Safety, Tools, Equipment and Rigging
Safety is one of the main elements in the construction industry. Safety affects everything from personnel to costs and scheduling. This course provides you with the safe working procedures essential for practicing in the trade. You will be introduced to a wide variety of tools and equipment, both powered and non-powered. Material covers their purpose, safe use and care. Rigging and movement of loads is also addressed. This course will lay the foundation for your behaviour and practice throughout the program, covering professionalism, shop rules and safety requirements and good housekeeping practices.

PLGP 1001 - Ferrous Piping
This course introduces ferrous piping systems and their use in the Plumber trade. You will learn to carry out calculations required for planning and installing piping systems. Material covers joining methods and associated equipment. You will have the opportunity to cut and join pipe, and to install pipe using appropriate hangers and supports.

PLGP 1002 - Non-Ferrous Piping
This course introduces you to non-ferrous piping and systems and their use in the Plumber trade along with calculations required for piping. Material covers joining methods and associated equipment. You will have the opportunity to cut and join pipe, and to install pipe using appropriate hangers and supports.

PLGP 1003 - Blueprint Reading and Interpretation I
This course introduces you to blueprints and working pipe drawings. Material covers views, lines and symbols and handling of drawings. You will work with drawings to interpret piping requirements for various residential piping projects. Drafting and sketching tools are covered and you will learn to produce working drawings and sketches.

PLGP 1004 - Introduction to Drainage Systems
This course introduces basic plumbing drainage systems. You will study terminology, components and installation requirements for residential construction. You will have the opportunity to join various piping materials in a workshop setting and install a simulated basic drainage system. This course also includes the use of hangers and supports, as they are required for drainage systems.

PLGP 1006 - Introduction to Venting Systems
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to basic plumbing venting systems. You will cover terminology and system components, and installation practices will be explored. You will have the opportunity to install a basic venting system in a shop setting.

PLGP 1007 - Introduction to Water Supply
Learners will examine the plumbing water system from the source to the faucets and outlets including the components, installation practices and code requirements. Learners will also examine equipment, piping and valves required for the supply of potable water.

PLGP 1008 - Introduction to Plumbing Appliances, Fixtures and Trim
There are many types of plumbing fixtures even in most residential buildings. The plumber is responsible to know how to install these keep them in good working order. You will learn the procedures used and the codes that dictate where they are used and how they are installed. You will have the opportunity to install various fixtures. Tools and procedures needed to diagnose and remedy problems will also be addressed.

PLGP 1009 - Introduction to Hydronic Heating
In this course fundamentals of hydronic heating are explored. You will learn about the types of hydronic heating systems and components such as boilers, and piping materials used in this type of heating system. Piping layout and configuration will be introduced.

PLGP 1100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1025 - Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
This course provides participants with an understanding of the hazards associated with working from heights and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2013). Throughout the course, participants will gain experience in the donning of a harness, an overview and presentation of system components involved when working from heights and learn how to complete a fall calculation and emergency procedures.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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