Designed for those who are not yet employed or apprenticed within the trades.

Not an apprentice? Not a problem. Kick-start your career in the trades in our Pre-Employment Plumber program. Specifically designed for those who are not yet employed in the pipe trades, the Pre-Employment Plumber trades training program provides the first year of the Alberta Apprenticeship Common first period Pipe Trades curriculum.

Trades employers are reluctant to hire employees with no experience, but you can enhance your chances in our Pre-Employment Plumber trades training program. Through a mix of theoretical and hands-on training, our Pre-Employment Plumber program prepares you to write the first-year Alberta Apprenticeship Common Pipe Trades exam.

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Career Opportunities

When you finish your chosen apprenticeship path, you’ll be prepared for such positions as:

  • Journeyman Plumber
  • Journeyman Pipefitter/Steamfitter
  • Journeyman Sprinkler fitter
  • Journeyman Gasfitter
  • Supervisor
  • Estimator
  • Business Owner

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upon successful completion of the Pre-Employment Plumber program you’ll be ready to write the First Period Plumber Apprenticeship exam



September and January


13 weeks

Dates and Deadlines

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Centre for Trades

Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024


This program is not available for International Students.

Academic requirements

  • Successful completion of English 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, pass Apprenticeship Entrance Exam, or pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Employment Plumber program is delivered on campus through an apprenticeship-style training but may have some blended and hyflex components.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Upon successful completion of The Pre-Employment Plumbing program, you will:

  • be prepared to write the First Period Alberta Apprenticeship Examination.
  • be prepared to be employed within the Plumbing industry in Alberta.
  • have learned valuable employability skills including cover letter and resume writing, and interview skills.
  • obtain a Letter of Recognition.

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Tuition and Fees

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Year 1
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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

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