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Plumbing / Pipefitting

Start Date: September and January

Location: Georgetown Centre

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, Plumbing/Pipefitting

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Waiting list

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Waiting list

Other International Applicants: Closed

Learn how to install and service hot and cold water distribution piping, plumbing fixtures and appliances, waste and vent piping, wastewater disposal and hot water heating systems in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. Steamfitters/pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes.

The skills you will acquire include installing, altering, maintaining and repairing piping systems that convey hot water, air, fuel and fine solids. In our hands-on lab, you will have the space and materials to practice and perfect the skills and techniques that you learn in class, ensuring that you are confident and ready to enter the job market by the time you graduate.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity to learn two trades at once and earn apprenticeship hours in both while you’re still in college, apply now.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply the mechanical plumbing principles to reach the desired energy efficiency results.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of National Plumbing Code.
  3. Demonstrate professional and personal skills that enhance job performance and well-being.
  4. Perform plumbing and finishing tasks for basic installation manufacture, and repair of components to required specifications.
  5. Perform plumbing projects effectively and accurately by interpreting and producing basic data in graphic, oral and written formats.
  6. Solve trade-related math problems and decipher basic diagrams commonly found in the workplace.
  7. Work responsibly and effectively in accordance with appropriate practices, procedures and in compliance with health and safety legislation.


The most successful path to a Red Seal as a plumber or steamfitter/pipefitter begins with this program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training and write the apprenticeship level one exam (for both trades), which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. A Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification.

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program


2024/2025 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

Fees are Program Based

1 Year



Tuition $4,560 $ 10,560
Fees $908 $1,658
Other Costs $1,450 $ 1,450
Total $6,918 $ 13,668

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition $ 4,560
Student Union $ 178
Health Insurance Fee $ 470
Graduation Fee $ 100
Forklift Training $ 40
First Aid/WHMIS $ 120
     Total payment to Holland College $5,468
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 3,188
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,280

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1 Year

Books $ 650
Equipment/Tools $ 600
Uniform $ 200
     Total $1,450
Total $6,918


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $ 10,560
Student Union $ 178
Health Insurance Fee $1,220
Graduation Fee $ 100
Forklift Training $ 40
First Aid/WHMIS $120
     Total payable to Holland College $ $12,218
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 9,938
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,280

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1 Year

Books $ 650
Equipment/Tools $ 600
Uniform $ 200
     Total $1,450
Grand Total $13,668

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Mechanical contracting companies
  • Heating contractors
  • Fireline and sprinkler system installers
  • Shipbuilding industry
  • Irrigation systems
  • Natural gas utility companies
  • Propane gas companies
  • Transmission pipeline installers
  • Oil drilling platforms
  • Mills and processing plants
  • Hardware sales
  • Plumbing companies
  • Vacuum system installers
  • Sewer and water utilities
  • Plumbing and heating service
  • Water pump installers
  • Water treatment systems installation


After you graduate from Holland College, your apprenticeship training begins. When you register with your provincial apprenticeship program, you will receive credit for the hours earned and level exams passed while you were at Holland College. Learn more about apprenticeship and the Red Seal program.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:BLPR-1090

Blueprint Reading and Drawing

An introduction to the reading and interpretation of drawings and creating basic manual drawings. Students identify lines, symbols, and projections used in mechanical drawings related to the pipe trades.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:COMM-1005

Workplace Communications

This course is designed to allow students to develop preparatory skills for securing and retaining employment including; workplace communication, time management, critical thinking and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon successful completion of this course students are able to use oral communications techniques, and create a variety of written documents and reports used in the workplace. Methods and strategies for job search, preparation and retention are also incorporated.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore digital environments with practical applications for various workplaces and educational institutions. The main areas of focus include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email and other electronic communication tools, various digital environments, and industry-specific applications.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MATH-1005

Math Essentials

This course is designed to provide students with a review of fundamental trade related math skills. Students acquire competency in the math skills as they relate to their chosen trade program and future career. Emphasis is placed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students are challenged to continually make connections between math and their trade, as well as every day applications.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:MATH-1105

Math for Pipe Trades

Students learn to solve trade-related problems and basic piping diagrams commonly found in the workplace with math. An introduction to basic principles of matter, density, and pressure that are applied to solve trade-related problems using heat science, physics, and the principles of pressure. These principles are related to the operation of equipment controls and systems.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:NCPR-1110

Forklift Operator

This course is intended to certify participants in operation of a forklift using classroom and hands on experience. The participants will be required to pass a written and a practical exam. The individuals successfully completing the program will be awarded a forklift operator's certificate.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:PIPE-1010

Water Distribution and Fixtures

An introduction to potable water distribution and fixtures. Students select the components, install and service hot and cold potable water systems according to codes and regulations. In addition, students identify, install, and maintain all components related to the installation of trim and fixtures.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:PIPE-1020

Pipefitting and Pipe Assembly I

An introduction to the materials and methods of joining pipes in the pipe trades. Students gain knowledge and skill in joining plastic, cast iron, fiberglass, historic and copper pipes. The use of hangers and supports, as they are required for piping systems, is included.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:PIPE-1030

Pipefitting and Pipe Assembly II

An introduction to the use of stainless and carbon steel pipes and the bending, cutting and joining methods used in the pipe trades. This course also includes the fabrication and installation of hangers and supports, as they are required for piping systems. Finally, students will examine use of valves in piping systems.

Credit Value:5

Course Code:PIPE-1060

Drainage, Waste, and Venting Systems

An introduction to drainage and venting systems in the plumbing trade. Students select pipes and fittings, and install and service systems according to Canadian Plumbing Code.

Credit Value:5

Course Code:PIPE-1110

Private Water Supply and Disposal Systems

An introduction to private water supply and sewage disposal systems. Students gain knowledge and skills in the functioning and installation of private water supplies, and sewage disposal systems.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:PIPE-1120

Hydronic Heating

An introduction to hydronic heating systems. Students identify system components, install and service boilers, distribution systems, and heat emission units.

Credit Value:5

Course Code:SAFE-1110

Introduction to Safety, Tools, and Equipment

An introduction to safe work practices and the safe use of tools in the pipe trades. Students become competent in the safe use of hand and power tools and become aware of explosive actuated tools, rigging equipment, and fall arrest equipment.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:WELD-1205

Introduction to Welding and Fuel Brazing

An introduction to welding and fuel brazing for plumbers and pipefitters with a focus on using techniques to join and cut pipe. Students safely operate oxy-fuel cutting and welding equipment.

Credit Value:3

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The program provided me with a steady diet of both theoretical in-class learning and hands-on learning in the workshop. I’m now applying the knowledge and skills I acquired from the program in my job within the trade.

Andrew, Class of 2021


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