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Plumber Foundations

There is a growing need for skilled plumbers in Canada. The trade is diverse and well-paid, but to get a plumbing apprenticeship, it helps to have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. Vancouver Career College's Plumber Foundations program is for students who need to build their skills in order to find an apprenticeship in this high-demand field.


This intensive program teaches students the core subjects they will need in plumbing jobs. Students are introduced to applicable math and science subjects, plumbing materials and tools, and piping systems.


Students are taught how to build and repair a plumbing system, as well as learning safety measures and Workers' Compensation Board and Safe Work Practices. After their classroom and lab courses, students will gain first-hand plumbing experience as part of a work experience placement.


Admissions Requirements



  • High school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status.
  • Pass college’s admissions test.


  • Plumbing-related jobs     
  • Apprenticeships
Program Courses
CES4 / Career & Employment Strategies
This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students are videotaped during a mock interview and participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.
PLUM1404 / Cast Iron Pipe and Fittings
Cast Iron pipe is used in the plumbing trade from residential to industrial in drainage, waste and vent systems. Students will learn methods of joining, calculating grades as well as proper use of fittings used in the plumbing trade as defined in the plumbing code.
PLUM1904 / Construction Math
The object of this module is to introduce students to math used in plumbing. It is a refresher of what you have learned in school and continues with the more essential math needed in the plumbing trade. This will also help prepare the student for the more advanced mathematics that the student work with in the science modules and as they continue with their apprenticeship.
PLUM1104 / Copper Tubing, Piping and Fittings
A good knowledge of copper tube, tubing and fittings is essential for plumbers. This module will introduce how to identify the many different types of copper tube/pipe using the colour code system. Students will learn about the different methods of manufacturing this type of tubing and pipe. The types of fittings that are applicable for each application will also be studied. Students will learn the many different ways to join copper tube/piping and fittings as well as the relevant sections of the plumbing code.
PLUM2104 / Piping System Projects
Until this point in the program, students are building their knowledge and from this point in this module 2700 students will put their knowledge into a fully working plumbing system. Students will be creating a fully functional plumbing system from the ground up using the above criteria and their final assessment will hinge on how well the completed project is accomplished.
PLUM1654 / Hangers, Supports, and Sleeving
This module introduces students to the types of hangers, supports and sleeving used in the plumbing trade. As there are many different types of piping materials, there are also many different types of hangers, supports, and fasteners, as the right type of support is just as important as the right type of fastener. Sleeving are methods learned in this course to understand how to protect piping from damage caused by corrosion, electrolysis, and other outside forces. Students will be expected to learn the relevant regulations from the British Columbia Building Code Plumbing Services (Part 7), as well as seismic restraints.
PLUM2204 / Field Study
This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee in order to gain the valuable real-world experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.
PLUM1504 / Flanged, Welded Pipe and Assorted Piping
Students will be introduced to the process of working with welded pipe and fittings as well as working with flanged fittings. Students will learn to choose the correct gasket material and the other sealants used in the plumbing trade.
TRD1014 / Safe Work Practices
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to WCB and workplace practices by stressing how to follow safe work practices and procedures, to inspect safety equipment before use, and to use safety equipment properly. Students will also receive first aid and WHMIS training.
PLUM2004 / Construction Science
This module will help the students gain the knowledge of science in the plumbing trade. The math from the previous module will help in calculating the formulas required for Heat transfer, Pressures, Gas laws, and Density. This part of the course is essential to understand the science that is applicable to the plumbing trade.
PLUM1304 / Iron Pipe and Fittings
This module will introduce students to iron pipe and fittings used in the plumbing and gas fitting trade. Students will learn the schedules as well as the pressure range for iron pipe. As a threaded join is the most common method of joining iron pipe Students will thread pipe as well as learning to calculate thread engagement.
PLUM1004 / Oxyacetylene Equipment
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the many components that make-up the oxygen and acetylene process. This includes cylinders, regulators, hoses and other essential components. This course will also cover the various regulations and safety rules that have to be followed when using this equipment.
PLUM1204 / Plastic Pipe and Fittings
In this module students will learn to select and install the appropriate plastic pipe and fitting for specific applications as well as the relevant sections of the plumbing code applicable to the use of plastic piping and fittings. Current plumbing applications use more plastic piping for water supply and for drainage in residential construction than copper tube requiring a strong knowledge of this material.
PLUM1604 / Plumbing Valves
Students will learn how to describe the materials that valves are made from, interpret valve service ratings, describe different types of valves, identify parts of a valve and their function, state relevant regulations from the relevant plumbing codes, discuss basic guidelines for valve installation, and install and adjust domestic pressure reducing valves.
PLUM1804 / Draw, Read, and Interpret Piping Drawings
Students will learn how to identify standard piping symbols, identify orthographic piping drawings, identify isometric piping drawings, identify the symbols used in piping drawings, and draw orthographic and isometric drawings of an objective or piping system.
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
TRD1104 / Introduction to Hand Tools and Power Tools
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the basic hand and power tools used in construction and maintenance. Students will learn how to use common tools safely and how to maintain those tools.
TRD1254 / Introduction to Powder-Actuated Tools and Structure Penetration
Students will be introduced to piping power tools and power actuated tools used in the trade. Students will learn the importance of their proper use and care. It provides valuable safety information for each type of tool discussed.
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