Develop your skills in plumbing and pipe fitting. This in-demand, diverse trades program can lead you to employment in residential, commercial and industrial construction industries.

This six-month certificate program will introduce you to multiple trades. Concentrate on plumbing and pipe fitting, while learning about drain, waster and venting systems, water treatment, fire sprinkler systems, water and sewer. Instructors use industry-relevant tools and equipment with an emphasis on safety and protection of the environment.

This program boasts hands-on learning using a wide variety of equipment from different trades to assist you in learning the function, installation and troubleshooting procedures.

This program will provide you with the core skills for a multitude of careers with plumbing and heating contractors, industrial piping contractors, public utilities, wholesale suppliers, fire sprinkler installers, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. There is a special emphasis in this program on the role of plumbing in public health and wastewater management concerns, a rapidly growing field that deals with environmental issues.

Graduates who register as a plumbing apprentice within two years of completing this program may be granted in-school training credit for Level 1 Plumber apprenticeship.


  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Consumer/Essential Math 40S or equivalent

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

Program Considerations

To be successful in this program and industry, it is important for you to be able to:

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including hardhat, safety glasses and steel toe boots
  • Work outdoors in extreme warm and cold weather conditions (+30°C to -40°C)
  • Use ladders and work at varying heights
  • Work as part of a team
  • Take direction from a supervisor
  • Be punctual and attend class on a regular basis

A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is strongly recommended given the potential need to travel for practicum placement.

Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

Graduates find employment opportunities with plumbing and heating contractors, industrial piping contractors, public utilities, wholesale suppliers, fire sprinkler installers, and water and wastewater treatment facilities.


Students who successfully complete the accredited program with an accumulative average of 70% or better in the trade subjects and level for which the program was accredited, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the Plumber apprenticeship program.

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

The Applied Piping Installation certificate program at Assiniboine is not only concerned with plumbing, drain, waste and venting systems, but we also introduce the student to fire sprinkler systems, rural water and sewer, and water treatment. All of these programs use some of the most recent tools and equipment available with an emphasis on safety and on the protection of the environment.

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Our classrooms, labs and shops are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career. Tool and supply lists are available from the school office 30 days prior to the start date of the program.

Technology Requirements

Students in this program are expected to have a computer at home with internet access that meets the technical needs outlined by the program. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Applied Plumbing Installation certificate, students must successfully complete 49.5 academic credits and 1 practical credit.

The minimum passing grade for each course is 60% and is indicated on the course outline. Course failure will result in discontinuance in the program. Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by intake.

Estimated Program Costs (2023-2024)
  Credits Tuition Course fees Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium) Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies
Applied Plumbing Installation 50.5 $2,790 $1,370 $410 $1,470

All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

This program has certain ‘bring your own device’ requirements that means you may need to purchase certain technology if you do not already own. Please visit assiniboine.net/byod for more information.

Courses Course Name Credits
MATH-0095 Applied Plumbing Math 3
DRFT-0010 Blueprint Reading (PIPET) 3
COMM-0045 Communications 3
PEDV-0356 College Foundations 0
PRAC-0325 Practicum – APPLG 1
PIPE-0012 Residential Drainage System 6
PIPE-0013 Residential Venting Systems 6
WELD-0040 Related Welding 1.5
SCIE-0008 Science 3
PIPE-0016 Tools and Materials 9
PIPE-0002 Tools and Materials Practical 15


Fast Facts

6 months
Program Start
September 2023
Course Load
Program Details
On Campus
School of Trades
1.800.862.6307 (toll free)