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Pre-Employment Plumbing

Open for Winter 2019

Closed for Fall 2019

Length: 12 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn about plumbing and gasfitting, blueprint reading and safety through hands-on classes that cover all the course materials of a first-year plumber apprenticeship. Grads can write the first year apprenticeship exam.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,650
Year 1 (International): $9,771

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.  

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2019 open May 2, 2018.
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
TermProgram start
Winter 2019 Jan. 7, 2019
Winter 2019 April 8, 2019
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 

Program Details

Program Description

This 12-week program prepares you for a career in plumbing. It covers all course materials received by a first year plumber apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training. The program will prepare you to enter the workforce as an apprentice and, after successful completion of the program, allows you to write the first year Plumber apprenticeship exam.

Your Career

Graduates of the Pre-Employment Plumbing program have a 89% employment rate.


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Credentials and Accreditation

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Polytechnic Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.

Note: This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1, Math 20-2, Math 20-3, Pure Math 20, or Applied Math 20,
  • English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2,
  • Science 10
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (Level 4) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Plumbing and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Program Outline

View additional Pre-Employment Plumbing program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
APPH-215 Properties of Air & Gas-Basic 1.5
BLPR-218 Blueprint Reading I 1.5
EMTL-217 Materials 3.0
GFTG-213 Gasfitting Theory I 1.5
GFTG-214 Gasfitting Shop I 1.5
HTNG-212 Heating Theory I 1.5
PLBG-210 Plumbing Shop I 3.0
PLBG-211 Plumbing Theory 1.5
SAFE-216 Safety 1.5
Total Credits 16.5


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Tuition FeesSAIT FeesStudent Association Fees2017/18 Total
$4,650 - - $4,650

International Tuition and Fees*

Tuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 Total
$9,771 - - $9,771


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: N/A
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): Program does not meet UPass eligibility requirements.

Student Association (SAITSA) Fees

Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A

Cost and Supplies*

  • Books are approximately $600 in addition to tuition fees.
  • Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.

Find out about Tuition and Financial Aid.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

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