This program covers residential, commercial and industrial applications in the plumbing industry with a focus on residential plumbing. It is a hands-on program that may benefit anyone seeking to enter an apprenticeship or any construction-related career path.

T165 Plumbing students talking in the lab.


Program name
Plumbing Techniques
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 N/A
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 Open
International students
Sept. 2020 N/A
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 Opens Aug 3, 2020

Full Description

The Plumbing Techniques program covers residential, commercial and industrial applications in the plumbing industry, paying particular attention to residential plumbing. It is a hands-on program that may benefit anyone seeking to enter an apprenticeship or any construction-related career path.

Through hands-on projects you will learn about:

  • Tools, materials, equipment and methods used in the plumbing industry
  • Estimating materials and labour costs
  • Proper use of hand tools and power tools
  • Safety practices and procedures associated with these tools
Worker with pipes and pipe cutter

The program includes studying industry standards and building codes while considering health and safety issues and energy conservation.

Projects include:

  • Constructing and testing both drain and water systems
  • Learning how to install hot water heaters and a variety of residential plumbing fixtures.
  • Research on the science of sanitation, water, and the forces acting on a sealed piping system with and without atmospheric pressure applied to it.
  • Studying blueprints and learning basic drafting techniques that will enable you to design, comprehend and build plumbing systems.
  • A final project will focus on how to maintain the plumbing system you install and those that you may encounter in the future.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Work according to contractual obligations; the project manual; and applicable laws, standards, bylaws, and codes.
  2. Perform residential plumbing projects effectively and accurately by interpreting and producing basic data in graphic, oral and written formats.
  3. Work responsibly and effectively with others and in accordance with appropriate practices, procedures and in compliance with health and safety legislation.
  4. Use tools and equipment for basic installation manufacture, and repair of components to required specifications.
  5. Contribute to the organizing and planning of residential plumbing installation projects.
  6. Solve routine problems related to work environments using a variety of systemic approaches.

Required Courses

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semester courses
CodeCourse name
BLDG1112Plumbing Trade Theory
BLDG1113Plumbing Trade Shop
BLDG1114Trade Documentation
BLDG1110Welding Trade Theory
BLDG1111Welding Trade Shop
COMM1007College English


semester courses
CodeCourse name
BLDG1115Safety, Hoisting and Rigging
BLDG1116Plumbing Theory
BLDG1117Plumbing Practical Techniques
BLDG1118Plumbing Math
BLDG1119Blueprints and Graphic Communication
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

The Industry

The construction industry is one of the country’s largest employers, and skilled trades workers are among the highest paid and most in demand in Canada.

Your Career

As a graduate of the program, you can bring entry-level plumbing skills to future employers. You can use this Plumbing Techniques program in pursuing related work in areas such as:

  • Plumber
  • Steamfitter
  • Sprinkler Systems Installer
  • Gas Fitter
  • Sales and Distribution



Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2020 and at later dates

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6711


Office: Casa Loma Campus, Room E308

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