The Pre-Pipe Trades certificate program is designed to provide introductory training to students with an interest, but a lack of experience, in plumbing and gas-fitting trades. The program provides technical training in first-period subject matter to develop entry-level skills and safety awareness. Graduates will be eligible to write the Prior Learning Assessment, successful completion will provide credit for first-period technical training.

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Career Opportunities

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

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

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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

Credential / Accreditation



15 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.

New applicants are accepted into the Pre-Pipe Trades program for the Fall (September) or Winter (January) terms. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

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 Education Development (GED) tests. 
Non-Academic Requirements
  • The ability to lift heavy objects weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • Good physical coordination and manual dexterity
  • Mechanical ability
  • Good hearing and colour vision
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations
  • Responsibility to do all work tasks expected of a journeyperson
Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Pre-Pipe Trades certificate.

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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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Year 1
Term I
PTR-1100Workplace Safety and Rigging3
PTR-1101Tools, Equipment and Materials6
PTR-1102Metal Fabrication3
PTR-1103Drawings and Specifications3
PTR-1104Calculations and Science3
PTR-1105Practicum Placement1.5
 Total Credits19.5

Upon successful completion of The Pre-Pipe Trades 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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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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