Plumber

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.

Regulations concerning the planning, installation, maintenance and inspection of sewage treatment systems may vary by jurisdiction. Additional certification may be required in some jurisdictions to allow plumbers to plan and perform work on these systems.

For information regarding BC regulations, please refer to Sewerage System Regulation 

THE PLUMBER PROGRAM IS CHANGING. WHERE ARE WE NOW?

APRIL 2021 - MARCH 2022

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Harmonized*

Harmonized*

Harmonized*

Current**

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in April 2019

**Current = Program stream for apprentices who've completed level 1 training before April 2019

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact ITA Customer Service

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION - In effect starting April 1, 2019 as per Transition Plan

Program Profile Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification.  Download (219 PDF KB)
Program Outline Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers Download (1,211 PDF KB)

Please be aware that changes have been made to the Gasfitter - Class B program, please view OPSN 2018 002.1 for details.


Plumber Guidebook

Record Book

Program Updates:

Standardized Level Exam (SLE) Updates

SLE Weighting Charts

Interprovincial Exam Updates

  • October 1, 2019: Program Update: Effective October 28, 2019, the Interprovincial Red Seal exam is based on the 2016 RSOS. Candidates are no longer provided the National Plumbing Code book when writing the exam. Excerpts of the code book are provided to answer the exam questions.

Interprovincial Exam Information

 

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 171.39 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 893 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 171.16 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 178.62 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 521.18 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 410.88 KB)