Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprenticeship


Steamfitters/Pipefitters install, alter, or repair steam and hot water boilers and system for generation and conveyance of steam and hot water and process piping systems in industrial project of manufacturing plants.

The Steamfitter/Pipfitter program is a 4 year apprenticeship leading to an Red Seal Endorsement.

Apprentices will complete 6 weeks for level 1-3 and 8 weeks for level 4 of technical training.

Admission Requirements 

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC.
  • Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson Steamfitter/Pipefitter. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA.

Program Outline

Level 1 (6 weeks)
  • Safe work practice
  • Use tools and equipment
  • Organize work
  • Prepare and Assemble piping components
Level 2 (6 weeks)
  • Use tools and equipment
  • Organize work
  • Prepare and assemble piping components
  • Install hydronic heating and cooling
  • Perform layout, fabrication and installation
  • Special application system

Level 3 (6 weeks)

  • Organize work
  • Special application systems
  • Water supply
  • Install natural gas and propane systems

Level 4 (8 weeks)

  • Organize work
  • Special application systems
  • Install natural gas and propane systems

    Program Fees

    • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
    • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
    • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
    • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

    Employment Opportunities

    The Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprentice will write the Red Seal Examination on the last day of the level 4 technical training.  Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Steamfitter/Pipefitter. The Red Seal Endorsement is recognized across Canada.

    Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada.

    How to Apply

    Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.

    Click here to view the apprenticeship schedule

    Program Contact

    Apprenticeship Office

    (250) 762-5445 (Local 4733)
    Toll Free: 1-800-621-3038