Plumber

Plumbers are in high demand – start your career here!

Apprenticeship training is for people who are currently working in industry and who are sponsored by an employer and registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Apprenticeship programs combine work-based training (typically 80-85%) and technical training (15-20%) taken in a classroom and shop setting.

The length of an apprenticeship can range from one to five years, but most require four years to complete.

Many trades, known as the Red Seal trades, have nationally recognized certification standards. The credentials of a certified tradesperson who has successfully earned a Red Seal ticket are recognized across Canada.

To work as a Plumber, you should:

  • Be physically fit and have good mobility for lifting
  • Have good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and balance
  • Be able to work at heights and in adverse weather
  • Be prepared for the following risks – dust, fumes, noise and vibration

Here’s how the College of the Rockies can help you to start a career in the plumber trade:

Plumber Pathways


College of the Rockies offers all four levels of Plumber Apprenticeship.

Plumber Level 1 Apprenticeship

Plumber Level 2 Apprenticeship

Plumber Level 3 Apprenticeship

Plumber Level 4 Apprenticeship

Additional Info

Plumber Training Schedule

ProgramLevelStartsEndsLength
*Plumber1January 10, 2022February 25, 20227 Weeks
*Plumber1March 13, 2023April 28, 20237 Weeks
*Plumber GAP2August 30, 2021September 3, 20214 Days
*Plumber2September 7, 2021October 29, 20218 Weeks
*Plumber2January 9, 2023March 3, 20238 Weeks
*Plumber3November 1, 2021December 17, 20217 Weeks
*Plumber3September 6, 2022October 21, 20227 Weeks
*Plumber4October 24, 2022December 16, 20228 Weeks

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |

Industry Training Authority Harmonization Initiative

Harmonization is an ITA initiative to substantively align the curriculum taught in each apprenticeship level for consistency across Canada in 30 Red Seal trade apprenticeship programs. The ITA is committed to minimizing challenges to apprentices to complete their training and are supporting training providers through the Harmonization Initiative.  The ITA has considered the input of industry partners as well as training providers across the province to develop transition plans to ensure that there are options for all current apprentices to complete their apprenticeship with minimal disruption. Transition plans for each trade vary and may involve Gap Training (which refers to missing or resequencing content).

For further details on transition plans, gap training or questions related to harmonization, please visit the ITA website www.itabc.ca