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Trades and Technology

Plumbing & Piping certificate

Note: This program is scheduled to begin in September 2009.

Entry-level trades training

At UFV, we can put students on top of the construction boom, which is expected to continue into the future. Students will be well prepared for entry-level positions in the vast field of water and waste control management.

Theory and shop procedures are set up to simulate job conditions, so punctuality and good work habits are essential. This program can ladder into the B.C. apprenticeship system, following the National Occupational Analysis.

Employment opportunities

After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared for employment opportunities in areas such as heating and plumbing companies; institutions such as hospitals and schools; shopping malls and hotels; and city and municipality water and sanitation departments.

Entrance requirements

1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent (ABE Provincial, Advanced, or GED).

2. A math and reading comprehension entrance exam.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

1. Submit a UFV application form, along with the $45 application fee, to the Admissions & Records office. Applicants currently in Grade 12 may apply during their Grade 12 year. A statement from the school counsellor or principal, indicating that you are likely to meet graduation requirements by June, must be presented at the time of entrance exam appointments.

2. Applicants will be notified of entrance exam dates by the Trades & Technology Centre. There is no fee for writing these exams. Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks of submission of their applications should call 604-847-5448.

3. Read the program description and information carefully.

4. Prior to classes starting in September, applicants will be notified by telephone of the registration procedures. Applicants who cannot be reached by telephone after three attempts will be removed from the wait list.

Fees and other expenses

Plumbing & Piping students should also budget approximately $500 for required textbooks, $600 for basic tools, and $200 for appropriate working apparel.

Note: A deposit (currently $200) must be paid at the time of registration, which typically takes place one or two months before the start of each semester. The balance of fees must be paid by the second week of the semester.

Medical requirement

A medical statement from a qualified physician may be required at any time before or during the program. Students will be notified by a UFV official if/when the statement is required.


The Plumbing & Piping program is offered in the Trades and Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates & attendance requirements

The Plumbing & Piping program starts in September and ends in May.

The Plumbing & Piping program requires continuous attendance through all three semesters to successfully complete all requirements for the program. Students will be expected to attend classes five days per week for the duration of the entire program.

Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides may be subject to a failing grade or academic warning.
• See UFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning)
• See UFV Policy 310.02 (Attendance)

Program requirements

Students must complete all requirements with a minimum of 70% or better to receive a Credit (CR) grade in order to graduate.

Students who do not receive a Credit (CR) grade in all required areas by the end of the program may apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program the following year. Students who reapply may register as upgrading students and must complete all program requirements no later than May of the following year. See upgrading policy for more details.


Students must apply for graduation by completing a Request to Graduate form. We recommend this be done at the beginning of the final semester.

Academic warnings

Trades & Technology students who demonstrate unacceptable academic performance will be placed on Academic Warning.
• See UFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning)

Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include: poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities.
• See UFV Policy 310.02 (Attendance)

Trades & Technology students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in a group.
• See UFV Policy 310.12 (Student Conduct)

Withdrawal policy

Student-initiated withdrawal (discontinuing)

If a student wishes not to continue or return for the next semester, the Trades Centre will advise Admissions & Records and initiate a withdrawal from the student’s current Trades program.

Required to withdraw (failed grades)

Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program.

Required to withdraw (academic warning)

Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with any of the following three policies.
• UFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning)
• UFV Policy 310.02 (Attendance)
• UFV Policy 310.12 (Student Conduct)

Upgrading policy

The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in specific processes or techniques.

An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 13 weeks. Upgrading students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.

Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.

Re-admission policy

Students who begin a Trades program, but withdraw before completing the program, may contact the department to request re-entry provided their absence is less than two years. Re-entry is subject to space availability.

If you are absent more than two years, you will be required to apply for re-admission.
• An application for admission form and application fee will be required
• Trades & Technology entrance exams will need to be retaken

Program outline

The Plumbing & Piping program starts in September and ends in May. Students must show that they understand the theory by successfully completing a written test for each unit. They must then apply their knowledge to demonstrate an acceptable level of practical skills as assigned in that unit. The learning materials may include printed handouts, worksheets, videotapes, display boards, lab manuals, and written instructions.

At regular stages, students will be required to perform various tasks in order to develop their practical skills. As much as possible, study and lab instruction is patterned after “on-the-job” situations where a limited amount of direct supervision is required. The training follows a modular system that begins by developing a wide variety of basic skills, and builds on these to develop intermediate and specialized skills required in this industry. All unit tests and assigned practicals must be completed with a passing grade before writing the final exam, which is scheduled in May.

Sample topics

• Describe safe work practices
• Use work practices
• Interpret drawings, specifications, and code
• Use tools
• Use pipes, valves, and fittings
• Install drain, waste, and vent systems
• Use rigging
• Use soldering and brazing
• Use oxy-acetylene welding and burning
• Use arc welding
• Install water systems and components
• Perform pipe fabrication
• Perform pipe bending
• Describe fire protection systems
• Install hydronic heating and cooling systems
• Install fixtures
• Describe properties of gas and supply systems
• Install pumps and equipment

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