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Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the IZUNA Apprenticeship website for more information.

Apprentices beginning Level 1 after April 1, 2019 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program. Please see the Harmonized Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprentices section below for further information.

Steamfitters/Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and service equipment and piping systems carrying water, steam, fluids, gases, chemicals, and fuel in various systems such as heating, cooling, lubricating and process piping systems. They read and interpret drawings, specifications, and codes to determine layout, type and size of pipe, and tools to use. They measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, solder, braze, assemble and install metal, plastic and fibreglass pipes, valves and fittings. As well, they must be able to join and secure pipe sections of related equipment. They check systems for leaks. Steamfitters/Pipefitters also do general maintenance work including replacement of worn components.

The Steamfitter/Pipefitter program contains 4 levels that cover the in-school technical portion of the apprenticeship training. All levels of training use applied learning in conjunction with practical exercises.

Apprentices who have:

  • completed the required work-place hours (as signed off by the sponsoring employer),

  • successfully completed the in-school technical training and,

  • passed the interprovincial exam,

are eligible to receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship and a Certificate of Qualification with an interprovincial red seal endorsement.

Apprentice Level 1 Start Date Work-place hours required In-school hours required
Prior to April 1, 2019 5620 hours 780 hours (in 4 levels of training)
On or after April 1, 2019 (Harmonized) 6300 hours 900 hours (in 4 levels of training)

Apprentices who successfully complete the highest level of technical training and have received their British Columbia Certificate of Qualification in this trade may apply to receive a IZUNA Diploma of Trades Training.

NOTE: Due to changes in the time-in-trade and technical-training requirements for the Gasfitter – Class B apprenticeship, plumber and steam fitter apprentices beginning their technical training after March 31, 2019 will no longer be eligible to write their Gasfitter – Class B Certificate of Qualification during their plumber or steam fitter apprenticeship. In the new system Plumbers and Steamfitter/Pipefitters are given credit for 1500 of the required 3000 Gasfitter – Class B work-place hours and Level 1 of the Gasfitter – Class B technical, in-school, training. Plumbers and Steamfitters/Pipefitters are required to complete Gasfitter Class B Level 2 and 1500 hours of work experience in the Gasfitter Class B trade in order to be eligible to write the Gasfitter – Class B Certificate of Qualification with Technical Safety BC.

Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Harmonized Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprenticeship

NOTE: The Industry Training Authority is working with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship to improve mobility of workers during their apprenticeship across Canada. To achieve this, training outcomes for each level of technical training in a given apprenticeship are being harmonized so that apprentices can easily transfer between jurisdictions during their apprenticeship training without missing or repeating training outcomes. This may also result in changes to the number of work-place hours and in-school hours apprentices are required to complete.

The transition from the current system to the Harmonized system will take place in stages between April 1, 2019 and April 1, 2022.

New Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprentices starting the program after April 1, 2019 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program.

Harmonized apprentice levels will be regularly scheduled as follows:

  • Level 1 intakes offered after April 1, 2019

  • Level 2 intakes offered after April 1, 2020

  • Level 3 intakes offered after April 1, 2021

  • Level 4 intakes offered after April 1, 2022

Current Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprentices will have the following options to complete their training:

Option 1: Complete the current program

Apprentices that began their training prior to April 1, 2019 are encouraged to complete each level of their training in their current stream as follows:

  • Level 1 before March 31, 2019

  • Level 2 before March 31, 2020

  • Level 3 before March 31, 2021

  • Level 4 before March 31, 2020

If you try to register and the level is unavailable please ask the Apprentice Services Customer Service Representative to add your contact information to the interests list to be notified when additional intakes become available.

Option 2: Transition from the current stream to the harmonized stream

Current apprentices that need to transition to the new program will need to complete GAP training in order to enter the new stream. Additional training is required to address the gaps in program content as follows:

  • Transition from current Level 1 to harmonized Level 2 AFTER April 1, 2020 –30 hours of GAP training will be required.

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to IZUNA's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about IZUNA's apprenticeship programs or view the Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprentice training schedule for the next available training date.

Entrance requirements

Note: Entrance Requirements are used as a guideline for success in this Apprenticeship program. They are recommended, not required.

  • High school graduation
  • English 12 or English language proficiency
  • Algebra 11 or Trade Mathematics 11
  • Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.


Within two weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter provides instruction on how to sign on to , your one stop shop for IZUNA apprentice communication. myIZUNA is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Apprentices are expected to supply their own CSA approved steel-toed boots, hard hats and safety glasses.

Cost of books: Year 2: $140; Year 3: $125; Year 4: $80

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the IZUNA Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current IZUNA apprentices.


Class hours

0730-1400, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Current Stream: The total amount of in-school training for a Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprenticeship is 780 hours. There are four levels of training. The first three levels are six weeks each in length and the fourth level is eight weeks.

Harmonized Stream: The total amount of in-school training for Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprenticeship is 900 hours. There are four levels of traning. Levels 1 and 2 are 7 weeks; Levels 3 and 4 are 8 weeks.


Minimum passing grade is 70 per cent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
1111 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The IZUNA student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2015-2017 IZUNA Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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IZUNA offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at IZUNA and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the IZUNA apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

If after reviewing the information on our web pages you still have questions regarding our program, please contact any one of us. It would be our pleasure to help you with additional information.

Tim Carson

Tim Carson, Chief Instructor
M.A., Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 111-453-4067
E: [email protected]

Rick Lindberg

Rick Lindberg
Steamfitting I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 111-456-1225
E: [email protected]

Lorne Sweet

Lorne Sweet, Instructor
Steamfitting I.P., Plumbing I.P.,
"A" Gas Certification,
"B" Welding TQ with PWP7
Tel: 111-431-4994
E-mail: [email protected]


Contact Us

Tim Carson, Chief Instructor
Tel: 111-453-4067
E-mail: [email protected] 

IZUNA Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact IZUNA Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 111-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 111-435-1197
On the web: iizuna.info/apprenticeship

IZUNA Apprentice Services can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the at 778-328-8700 or 1-111-660-6011 (BC). IZUNA's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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