Plumbing Apprenticeship Harmonized

Advance your skills and qualifications in one of the most specialized and well-paying of the building trades as you work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. Develop expertise in plumbing, steamfitting, sprinkler fitting and gasfitting as you work through the four levels of plumbing technical training, following the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Comox Valley
Starts: See schedules below
Length: 6-8 weeks/lvl
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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The student-to-instructor radio is low, so you get a lot of hands-on time and time to ask questions and really delve into the materials. I would definitely recommend coming to NIC.

Cassandra Kuryliak, NIC plumbing apprenticeship student

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Plumbing Apprenticeship Training Classes

Dates and classes may change or be cancelled depending on demand.

Note: Apprentices enrolling in technical training must take their training in sequential order, levels 1, then 2, then 3 then 4. You must complete all levels of technical training to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination.

PBH-100 - Plumber Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 1
  • 2021 Fall: September 7 - October 22
PBH-200 - Plumber Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 2
  • 2020 Fall: October 26 - December 18
  • 2022 Winter: March 14 - May 6

PBH-201 - Plumber Apprenticeship Harmonized Gap A

  • 2020 Fall: October 19 - October 23
  • 2022 Winter: March 7 - March 11

PBA-300 – Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 2021 Winter: January 4 - February 12
  • 2021 Winter:  February 16 - March 26

PBA-400 – Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 4

  • 2021 Winter: March 29 - May 21
  • 2021 Fall: October 25 - December 17
  • 2022 Winter: January 4 - February 25


Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must be ITA registered apprentices. 
  2. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing "Plumbing and Piping" and level of training as the program name. 
  3. Complete and submit the NIC Apprenticeship Training Registration form.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

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To Be Successful

  • You will find greater ease and success in your training if your abilities in mathematics, reading and writing are at a sufficient level. NIC Assessment Services is available to provide math and English assessments year round. For students who do need to refresh their skills or upgrade in a few areas, those classes are available at NIC.
  • Students are encouraged to develop a workplace plan with their employer to make sure they are practicing all related trade skills listed in the handbook program outline.
  • School training periods can be very intense, especially because of the quantity of reading you will be required to do. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to complete reading in advance.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Nick Charette

Nick Charette


Trades & Apprenticeships

RSE Journeyman Plumber (Camosun College 2004)

B Level Gasfitter (Camosun College 2004) 

BCWWA Backflow Certification Instructor/ installer  (BCWWA 2003)  

Subjects: Plumbing Apprenticeship, Plumbing Appr Harmonized, Plumbing & Piping Fndtn Hrmnzd
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4051
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes

Plumbing Technical Training

All NIC training programs follow the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to ensure your trade qualifications meet current industry standards.

PBA-100, Level 1, six weeks
PBA-200, Level 2, six weeks
PBA-300, Level 3, six weeks
PBA-400, Level 4, eight weeks

NIC works closely with industry to ensure your apprenticeship training is of the highest quality. For upcoming apprenticeship training schedules view the Schedules tab. For more information on apprenticeships visit the ITA website.

Supply List

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Coveralls or work wear
  • Steel Toe Boots (Shoes) – CSA-approved
  • Safety Glasses – CSA-approved
  • Hard Hat

Classroom Supplies

  • Sharp Electronic Calculator # EL-344R or equivalent.  Note: for the IP exam administered by the ITA, the ITA will provide candidates with the Sharp EL520WBBK for use during the exam. This will be the only calculator permitted in the exam.
  • HB pencils
  • Highlite marker
  • Plastic rule - 12”
  • Binder and note paper
  • Text books and Learning Guides for the Level
  • Drafting Equipment:
  • Staedtler 987-18-31 Imperial scale rule
  • Staedtler 987-18-1 Metric scale rule
  • Staedtler 567-08-60 Triangles 8” or larger
  • Staedtler drawing compass, 559-02

In addition, NIC is pleased to make shop tools available to students in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an apprenticeship?
    An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and an employee where the employee (the apprentice) commits to learn the trade while working for the employer, and the employer commits to provide on the job training, time away from the workplace for the apprentice to attend technical training classes and to pay the apprentice a certain percentage of the journeyperson wage rate, which increases as the apprentice progresses through the training.
  2. What is a journeyperson?
    A journeyperson is a person who has received a Certification of Qualification in a trade. A journeyperson is then entitled to be referred to by the trade name (ie: carpenter, electrician, millwright, heavy duty mechanic, etc.)
  3. What training will I take?
    Apprenticeships normally consist of approximately 80 per cent on the job training and 20 per cent in-school technical training. While working on the job site you will learn the trade under the tutelage of a journeyperson, who is assigned responsibility for your training. You are also required to attend technical training classes. The classes are most commonly held in Colleges, and depending on the trade consist of six to 10 weeks of classroom training during each year of the apprenticeship.
  4. How long does an apprenticeship last?
    An apprenticeship lasts one to five years, depending on the trade, and the rate the apprentice progresses through the training. Most apprenticeships are four years.
  5. How much will I earn?
    The rate of pay depends on the rate being paid a journeyperson in the same trade with the same employer. Although it is dependent on the employer, the rates are often 50 per cent for the first six months and rising through 55 per cent, 60 per cent, 65 per cent, 70 per cent, 75 per cent, 80 per cent, 90 per cent at the end of each six month period. Rates vary by trade and by employer. 
  6. What certification will I receive upon completion of my apprenticeship?
    Once you have completed all levels of technical training and passed the Interprovincial (Red Seal) exam, you will obtain your Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) and Red Seal endorsement. Apprentices in many trades may also write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) exam. This certification is recognized across the country and enables Red-Seal qualified journeypersons to work on those trades across the country. In some trades in BC, the Red Seal exam is used as the C of Q exam.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Grand Total
Tuition $585 $585 $585 $780
NISU Fees $35 $35 $35 $35
Books $1,225 $550 $1,000 $800
Learner Resource $35 $35 $35 $35
Total $1,880 $1,205 $1,655 $1,650 $6,390

This program is tuition refund Category 4.