2022-23 Calendar

Plumbing and Piping Trades Certificate

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

This 25-week (750 hour) program takes a student with little or no previous experience in the piping trades and supplies them with the necessary skills to seek employment in industry as an apprentice Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter or Sprinkler System Installer. The program exposes the students to aspects of residential, commercial and industrial piping systems in these trades with a focus on developing practical skills. The curriculum follows the British Columbia Industry Training Authority guidelines for the first-year in-class components of apprenticeship training for Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer, which includes installation, repair and maintenance procedures in compliance with the applicable codes and standards. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive Level 1 technical training credit toward an apprenticeship in the aforementioned three trades. This gives the successful students the opportunity to experience a number of trades without having to commit to one in particular and, upon completion, have the choice to pursue one or more career paths.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for a minimum of one year as of the first day of classes.
  • Math requirement: 

A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 10
    • Workplace Mathematics 10
    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus Grade 10
    • Mathematics 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

The Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) Mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two {2) years.

 Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 50%.

Program Outline

PPTF 101 Use Safe Work Practices
PPTF 102 Use Tools and Equipment
PPTF 103 Organize Work
PPTF 104 Install and Service Piping Systems
PPTF 105 Technical Exam

Characteristics and Physical Demands

There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade. Please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics.

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must complete the 5 courses with an overall average of 70% calculated on a weighted percentage, based on time allocation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive an OC Certificate of Completion.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Jan)
  • Penticton (Jul)
  • Salmon Arm (Jul)
  • Kelowna (Jan, Aug)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $3,952.32 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm) $4,010.82 (Vernon)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee,Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


This program is student loan eligible.

Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/07/2022