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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


Occupation Description‚Äč: 
Plumbers install, repair and maintain plumbing fixtures and systems such as water, hydronic, drainage, waste and vent (DWV), low pressure steam, chemical and irrigation. They also install specialized systems such as medical gas, process piping, compressed air, water conditioners, fuel piping, sewage and water treatment, and storage and flow equipment. Plumbers interpret drawings, refer to layouts of existing services, and review applicable codes and specifications to determine work details and procedures. They locate and mark positions for fixtures, pipe connections and sleeves, and cut openings to accommodate pipe and fittings

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Doug via email (‚Äč or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.

‚ÄčTime Commitment
  • 2 different sites and intakes:  
    KPU - early February
    PIC - mid-June
  • KPU - 21 weeks (start from 'no experience' as base)
    PIC - 8 weeks (have some paid work or Work Experience 12 knowledge)
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 7.30am to 2.00pm

Student Eligibility

  • depending on the site, seats are limited:
    • KPU = 1-2 Coquitlam SD43 students per intake
    • PIC = 6 Coquitlam SD43 students per intake
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student‚Äč to participate in
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in September after a grade 12 has graduated - this is not okay and that ‚Äčcurrent grade 12s should not apply as they will not be accepted
  • must have government-issued photo ID that is current/valid on the ‚ÄčITA exam date‚Äč (ex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport)
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" ‚Äč

Student Cost

  • tuition-free
    BCIT - but students will need to pay about $350 for course materials, textbook, resources, etc
    PIC - no cost

Location‚Äč‚Äč & Transportation

  • KPU "Cloverdale Campus":  5500 - 180th Street, Surrey, or
    PIC:  #101 - 1658 Fosters Way, Delta (Annacis Island)
  • Transportation, to and from the‚Äč training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • ‚ÄčKPU - driving is the most viable transportation option
    • PIC - Skytrain to 22nd Station in New West, then transfer onto bus #104


  • plan to complete Language Arts 12
  • strong numeracy skills and good literacy skills
  • excellent atte‚Äčndance + lates record while in high school

Skills + Attributes‚Äč

  • passion for fixing piping systems
  • attention to detail
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time
  • ability to weld‚Äč

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ‚ÄčBen King
Principal of Trades & Transitions




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828