Plumber Apprenticeship

Campus Kelowna, Vernon
Delivery Full-Time
Credential Apprenticeship
Notes

Level 1: 7 weeks
Level 2: 8 weeks
Level 3: 7 weeks
Level 4: 6 weeks (8 weeks as of April 2022)

 

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Apprenticeship Description

Plumbers train to install, repair and maintain plumbing fixtures and systems such as water, hydronic, drainage, waste and vent (DWV), low pressure steam, chemical and irrigation.  Plumbers also work with specialized systems such as medical gas, process piping, compressed air, water conditioners, fuel piping, sewage and water treatment, and storage and flow equipment.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees depend on your intended level of study, as well as the campus location.

Program Details

Program outline:
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Safety
  • Tools
  • Pipes, valves and fittings
  • Rigging
  • Cutting, soldering and brazing
  • Drafting and blueprint reading
Tuition and fees for Level 1:
  • Tuition only: $800.59
  • Ancillary fees - College: $89.78
  • Ancillary fees - student association: Kelowna fees are $28.63; Vernon fees are $41.30
  • Health and dental: not applicable
  • Total: $919 (Vernon students pay $12.67 more for additional student association fees)
Textbooks and supplies for Level 1:
  • Perform Safety Related Functions Lev 1 Harmonized Binder $65.49
  • Use Tools & Equipment Lev 1 Harmonized Binder $117.49
  • Perform Routine Trade Activities Lev 1 Harmonized Binder $103.29
  • Prepare Piping & Components Lev 1 Harmonized Binder $104.29
  • 7850001777 Mild Steel Electrodes $5.29
  • 7850001778 Basic Joints & Weld Types $4.99
  • 7850002169 SMAW Equipment $5.79
  • Total: $406.63

Note: prices do not include 5% GST, and can change at any time. Textbooks are available at the OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445 ext. 4586 or ordering online.

Other required supplies:
  • CSA Approved Hard Hat
  • CSA Approved Work Boots (Steel Toed)
  • Long pants and t-shirts are required in the shop at all times
  • Safety Glasses
  • Architects Scale Rule (Imperial Measurement)
  • Binder
  • Pencils, Pens, Erasers
  • One of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X calculator to write IP Exam
  • Government issued Picture ID is required to write the Provincial and National
    Exams – driver’s license, photo ID, or valid passport. Student card is not
    acceptable
Program outline:
  • Hot water heating systems
  • Piping drawings and specifications
  • Rough-in and finishing
  • Drainage and venting systems
  • Compressed air and medical gas
  • Leveling instruments and tools
Tuition and fees for Level 2:
  • Tuition only: $686.22
  • Ancillary fees - College: $78.54
  • Ancillary fees - student association:  $24.54
  • Health and dental: not applicable
  • Total: $789.30
Textbooks and supplies:
  • Year 2 Plumbing Apprenticeship Package OCPL2/06: $226.75 
  • National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015: $152

Note: prices do not include 5% GST, and can change at any time. Textbooks are available at the OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445 ext. 4586 or ordering online.

Other required supplies:
  • CSA-approved hard hat
  • CSA-approved steel toed work boots
  • Long pants and T-shirts are required in the shop at all times
  • Safety glasses
  • Architect's scale rule (with imperial measurement)
  • Binder
  • Pencils, pens, erasers
  • Calculator for the IP exam, one of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-531X
  • Government-issued ID is required to write the provincial and national exams. Student cards are not acceptable.
Preparing for the first day

Level 2 apprentices are required to be prepared for the first day of class:

  • You will write a math and science exam based on the Level 1 curriculum.  This exam mark will be included in your Level 2 final grade calculation.
  • You will need a calculator, pencil and eraser to write the math and science exam.
  • You need to purchase your Level 2 textbooks prior to attending your first day of class.  This can be done by going to the College Bookstore at the Kelowna Campus. 
  • You will be moving into the Plumbing Code after completing the exam.
Program outline:
  • Drainage and venting systems
  • Potable water systems
  • Rural water systems
  • Piping drawings and specifications
  • Gasfitting
Tuition and fees for Level 3:
  • Tuition only: $686.22
  • Ancillary fees - College: $78.54
  • Ancillary fees - student association: $24.54
  • Health and dental: not applicable 
  • Total: $789.30
Textbooks and supplies:
  • Year 3 Plumbing Apprenticeship package: $297.79 
  • National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 (if not already purchased): $152
  • Cross Connection Control for Plumbing and Pipe Trades:  $86
  • CSA B-149.1 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code:  $280
  • Domestic/Commercial Gasfitting Program Level B Modules A-G: $63.25

Note: prices do not include 5% GST, and can change at any time. Textbooks are available at the OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445, ext. 4586 or ordering online.

Other required supplies:
  • CSA-approved hard hat
  • CSA-approved steel toed work boots
  • Long pants and T-shirts are required in the shop at all times
  • Safety glasses
  • Architect's scale rule (with imperial measurement)
  • Binder
  • Pencils, pens, erasers
  • Calculator for the IP exam, one of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X
  • Government-issued ID is required to write the provincial and national exams. Student cards are not acceptable.
Prepare for your first day

There will be a Plumbing Code exam on Day 1 which will encompass the material covered in the Drainage and Venting Systems portion of Level 2. Please bring your B.C. or Canadian Plumbing Code book, a calculator, pencil and eraser and come prepared to write this test as it will be counted toward your final mark for Level 3.

You will also have the opportunity to challenge the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) Cross Connection Control Tester licensing exam at the end of the CCC portion of your Level 3 training session. While this license is at arm’s length to the apprenticeship program, it is a valuable asset to your professional resume and should be considered. The exam fee is $120 payable to BCWWA and a facility fee of $125 is payable to Okanagan College. These costs and their payment will be explained in more detail on the first day of class.

 

Program outline:
  • install and light gas appliances
  • hot water heating systems
  • gasfitting
  • electrical CCTS and gas controls
  • rural sewage
  • drainage and venting systems
Tuition and fees:
  • Tuition only: $914.96
  • Ancillary fees - College: $96.92
  • Ancillary fees - student association: $32.72
  • Health and dental: not applicable
  • Total: $1,044.60

There is an additional cost to write the BC Gasfitter Level “B” Certification – approximately $355.95 payable to the BC Safety Authority (not run through Okanagan College). 

Students are required to have their ITA apprenticeship card in order to make an application for this exam. Please bring your card in on the first day of class.

Requirements - Class B Exam
  • Be an ITA registered apprentice in plumbing, steamfitting or refrigeration mechanic
  • Successfully completed all 4 levels of technical training with a minimum of 3 years workplace hours achieved, indicated by transcript or the minimum of: Plumbing: 4815 hours, Steamfitting: 4215 hours, Refrigeration Mechanic: 5415 hours
Textbooks and Supplies for Level 4:
  • Year 4 Plumbing Apprentice Package: TBA
  • National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 (if not already purchased): $152 
  • CAN/CSA B149.1-05 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code (if not already purchased): $280
  • Domestic/Commercial Gasfitting Program Level B Modules A-G (if not already purchased): $63.25
  • Domestic/Commercial Gasfitting Program Level B Modules H-O: $91.25 
  • ILM and other supply material:  TBA

Note: prices do not include 5% GST, and can change at any time. Textbooks are available at the OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445, ext. 4586 or ordering online.

Other required supplies
  • CSA-approved hard hat
  • CSA-approved steel toed work boots
  • Long pants and T-shirts are required in the shop at all times
  • Safety glasses
  • Architect's scale rule (with imperial measurement)
  • Binder
  • Pencils, pens, erasers
  • Calculator for the IP exam, one of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-531X
  • Government-issued ID is required to write the provincial and national exams. Student cards are not acceptable.
Be prepared for class

There will be a gasfitting exam on Day 1 which will encompass the material covered in the gasfitting portion of Level 3. Please bring your B149.1 Gas Code book, a calculator, pencil and eraser.

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Admission Requirements

  • Registered as an apprentice with ITA BC.
  • Must be working for an employer with at least one qualified journeyperson. 
  • Not registered as an apprentice? Ask your employer to register you as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). It’s free, simple, and can be completed within a few minutes online or printed and mailed to the ITA Head Office. More details can be found at www.itabc.ca

 

Financial Incentives

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant provides direct support to apprentices in the first two years of an approved apprenticeship training program (Red Seal trades). The taxable grant is $1,000 for Level 1 and $1,000 for Level 2. This grant is only available after you have completed the specified level of technical training and have a specific number of work-based hours on your ITA transcript.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $3,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain Red Seal endorsement or a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification in a designated Red Seal trade. Apprentices can apply twice; once after their first year of training, and one more time after their second year.

Note: this grant is not available to students in the Professional Cook and/or Baker Apprenticeship programs.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain Red Seal endorsement or a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification in a designated Red Seal trade.

WorkBC Apprenticeship Supports

Apprentice financial supports are available to eligible apprentices while they’re completing their classroom apprenticeship training. Apprentices may be able for supports which cover costs such as child card, transportation, disability, and more. Once an apprentice completes the WorkBC application online, a 16-digit reference code will be emailed to them. Use the 16-digit reference code for the Service Canada EI application. 

Service Canada EI Application

Apprentices attending full-time technical training (sometimes referred to as block-release training), they may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while unemployed and attending your course. Refer to the Service Canada website for application details.

Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who meet the eligibility requirements may receive up to $4,000 in loans per period of technical training. The purpose of the CAL is to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with loans to assist with the costs to attend technical training.

The LNG Canada Trades Training Fund is available for application by employers on behalf of their apprentices who are high-demand trades. Funding can be requested for apprenticeship training, foundation training as well as specialized, technical and managerial training. Only small companies with 20 employees or less, who are supporting apprenticeship in the demand trades, are eligible.

The federal government will now provide tax recognition for the costs that many employed tradespeople incur to provide their own tools in their employment duties. A deduction (up to a maximum of $500/year) will be allowed for the total cost of new tools acquired by an employed tradesperson in a tax year in excess of $1000. Employer will need to certify that the employee is required to obtain those tools for use in employment activities.

Apprentices who complete their third and four year of any apprenticeship program may be eligible for a tax credit. The apprentice will receive the tax credit when they file their annual income taxes. Apprentices will be eligible for a tax credit of $2,000 for completing Level 3 and a credit for $2,500 for completing Level 4 of any apprenticeship. For more information visit www.sbr.gov.bc.ca

Your T2202A tax form is available online via myOkanagan on the last day of February.
To access your tax form:

  1. Login to myOkanagan
  2. Username: 300XXXXXX@stu.oc
  3. Password: birthdate (mmddyyyy) (you will be asked to update your password the first time you login)
  4. Click the "T2202A Tax Form" link under Online Services

If you have any problems accessing your myOkanagan account, please call IT Services at 1-866-839-4032 or complete an online myOkanagan password reset request.

 

 

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