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550 Poirier St, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6A7| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime



Our district partners with both Piping Industry College (PIC) and BCIT to offer TUITION-FREE trades training to students who are hoping to gain their level 1 technical training as a Plumber. Both post secondary institutions offer the same technical training.
Students, and parents, are strongly encouraged to research this trades training opportunity to ensure it is the correct trades program for their career and educational goals. 

Time Commitment

  • 2 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

  • 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 begins in August after a grade 12 has graduated - this is not okay and current 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

Application Process/Steps

  • ‚ÄčSD43 Applications are available using the link near the t‚Äčop in right column
    • ‚Äčconsider applying at least 6+ months in advance of an intake‚Äč
  • submit fully completed app‚Äčlications to high school counselor
  • district coordinator will do personal interview at high school
  • BCIT or PIC visit/interview with dept head will be required
  • successful candidates will be enrolled at BCIT or PIC and timetables adjusted

If you want someone to talk in more detail about Plumbing options with you at your school, please complete this quick survey: TRAIN in Trades questionnaire!‚Äč



School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828