Plumbing & Piping Foundation

​Provider: ​North Island College
​Location: ​Courtenay Campus
​Program date:
(24 weeks)
Semester 2 (Winter 2021)
​Times: ​Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
​Cost to student: $1830 textbooks/lab fees gear ~ $250
  1. C in English 10; or C in two of Composition 10, Creative Writing 10, Literary Studies 10, New Media 10, Spoken Language 10, English First Peoples Writing 10, English First Peoples Literary Studies 10, English First Peoples New Media 10, and English First Peoples Spoken Language 10

  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10

Recommend Shop Classes
(Metalwork, Youth Explore Skills Course, Drafting, Metal Trades Sampler)
​Grad Credits: ​24
*No break over high school Spring Break*
Below is a sample timetable showing a pathway and the required courses needed between Grade 10 - 12 so a student could get into the Plumbing & Pipefitting Program @ North Island College for Semester 2 of their Grade 12 year.

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12


English 10

Math 10

CLE 10/Elective 10

Elective 10/Elective 10


English 11

Science 11*

Socials 11 or 12 *

Elective 11 (CLE11*)

English 12


*Grade 11 Required Academic?

Elective 11 or 12


Socials 10

Science 10


Elective 10/Elective 10


Construction Trades Sampler
(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)


Other Electives/Courses

NIC Plumbing & Pipefitting Program

Comox Valley Campus


Counts as Grade 12 Electives

* Could be done in Grade 10 or 12.
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The Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundation Harmonized certificate combines practical, hands-on training in the workshop with theoretical knowledge from the classroom and computer lab.Gain important knowledge of workplace safety, piping tools and equipment, applied math and science for the piping trades and jobsite documents.This program allows you to complete your Level 1 technical training credit as well as 375 work-based hours in your chosen piping trade of Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter or Sprinkler Fitter upon entering an apprenticeship.




In recent years, graduates have found employment in several different related trades areas, including refrigeration, plumbing, sheet metal, oil burner service, gas fitting, and fire sprinklers. Recent enhancements to the program reflect current requirements of level one piping trades and will provide you with the initial experience required by the majority of employers.


District & NIC Applications, Form and Links

NIC Plumbing Program Website​

If you will complete any of the following applications digitally, make sure you download and save them to your computer first before completing.  You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.

District Application - Train In Trades (Can be done at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
Student Learning Plan - Trades (Can be started at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
ITA Youth Train In Trades Application Form (To completed once accepted to program) 
Sample NIC Train In Trades Application (see school's Careers Department for actual one)  
NIDES Registration (Only required if your program starts in Semester 2)
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Careers Contacts

GP Vanier
Kelley Giorganni: 250-338-2110
Mark R Isfeld
Randy James: 250-334-4628
Tracey McKinney: 250-339-3617
Glacier View
Dawn Stevens: 250-338-2752