Diploma of Vocational Education

Duration: 34 weeks

Program Description

The 34 week Plumber Diploma program is a provincially-accredited apprenticeship curriculum that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. The program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work as a first-year apprentice, including those related to safety, blueprint reading, rigging, piping (including steel, copper, plastic and brass), heating systems, water treatment systems, waste disposal systems and fuel brazing/cutting as well as many others. Most courses are designed in such a way that students spend time divided equally between the classroom and one of our professional plumbing shops.

Apprenticeship Training

The Plumber program is an apprenticeship trades program. Courses completed at Academy Canada meet the requirements to become an Entry-Level Plumber. Once this training is completed and the graduate obtains their first position in the trade, s/he must register as an Apprentice with the Department of Education (Division of Industrial Training). Government will then cover the costs associated with regular advanced training as the apprentice gains experience and works towards completing their Journeyperson exam. Passing this examination will result in receiving Red Seal Certification.

Entry Level Courses

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Standard First Aid
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Blueprint 1 (Basic Residential)
  • Blueprint 2 (Advanced Residential/ Light Commercial)
  • Rigging
  • Steel Piping
  • Copper Piping
  • Pipe and Tubing Fundamentals
  • Plastic Piping
  • Introduction to Fuel Brazing & Cutting
  • Piping Valves
  • Hydronic Heating 1
  • Cast Iron Piping
  • Non-Metallic Piping
  • Water Service
  • Hot and Cold Water Supply
  • Job Site Safety
  • Aluminum Piping
  • Water Treatment Systems
  • Residential Sanitary Drainage
  • Hot Water Storage Tanks and Heaters
  • Residential Venting
  • Storm Systems
  • Commercial Drainage, Waste and Venting 1
  • Residential Appliances, Fixtures and Trim
  • Rural Waste Disposal
  • Introduction to Electric Welding & Cutting
  • Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • Math Essentials
  • (Trade) Math Fundamentals
  • Communication Essentials
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Computer Essentials

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Plumber program, graduates may be eligible for employment (depending on specific hiring practices) in various sectors of the plumbing and domestic heating industry. Opportunities also exist for self-employment. Plumbers install, repair, and maintain pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Information obtained from Human Resources Development Canada indicates the Provincial Construction Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador anticipates strong growth over the next 3-5 years.

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Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or Equivalent

High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission to the Plumber program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or G.E.D. results. Under certain circumstances, students who do not meet the formal High School requirements may be accepted upon the recommendation of a High School Principal or Guidance Counsellor. Please contact an Admissions Officer for further details.

Mature Students

Mature students are eligible for admission to the Plumber program. These students must be 19 years of age or older, complete an application form, provide a copy of most recent marks and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) as arranged by Academy Canada.

Supporting Documents

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For further information, please contact an Admissions Officer at 1-800-561-8000 or visit the information request page.

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Program start dates are subject to sufficient enrollment.

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