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Dual-Credit Pre-Employment Pipetrades

Open for Fall 2019

Length: 8 Months
Credential: Certificate
Available: Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn about plumbing, pipe, steam and gas fitting, blueprint reading and safety through hands-on classes that cover all the course materials of a first-year pipe trades apprenticeship. 

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Program length

  • Pre-Employment Pipetrades is offered over two semesters (September to June).
  • Requires a commitment of four mornings per week at the SAIT campus throughout the program.
TermProgram start
Fall 2019 Sept. 9, 2019

Who is this program for?

Students in Grade 11 or 12 who:

  • enjoy working with their hands; and
  • are considering a career in the construction trades. 

Program description

This program prepares students to enter the workforce and become a pipetrades apprentice. Recent changes to the pipe trades apprenticeship framework mean that apprentice plumbers, steam/pipefitters, and gasfitters all complete the same first-year technical training. In Dual-Credit Pre-Employment Pipetrades students will receive this same technical training, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training.

Your career

Pipetrades apprentices may specialize in residential and commercial plumbing, commercial and industrial gasfitting and steamfitting, building maintenance, oil and gas and/or heating systems.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to receive a SAIT Pre-Employment Pipetrades certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written exam for first-year pipe trades apprenticeship.

Co-requisite requirements

In order to be eligible for a SAIT credential, students must successfully pass the following courses or equivalents with an overage average of at least 50%:

  • Math 20-1, or Math 20-2, or Math 20-3
  • English Language Arts 20-1, or English Language Arts 20-2
  • Science 10

There may be other pre-requisite or co-requisites required by the school board for admission into this dual-credit program. Check with your local school board for further information.

To qualify for graduation from SAIT, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete the course requirements within the prescribed timelines. 


Course CodeCourse Name
SFTY 202 Safety and Rigging
EMTL 214 Equipment and Materials
BLPR 232 Drawings and Specifications
PIPE 215 Pipe Shop
WFAB 201 Metal Fabrication
APPH 202 Calculations and Science


Students who complete the dual-credit Pre-Employment Pipetrades program are eligible to earn:

  • up to 15 high school credits
  • a SAIT Pre-Employment Pipe Trades Certificate
  • the potential to write the Alberta Industry and Training (AIT) exams for first-year pipe trades apprenticeship


Dual Credit 

To learn more about all dual-credit opportunities currently offered in Alberta, visit Alberta Dual Credit.

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