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The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a plumber. You want to install and service plumbing systems, fixtures, piping equipment and controls for transporting water, waste, gases or hot liquids. You might already work on construction sites doing rough-ins after the framing and roof are in place.

But you want to learn more, like how to prepare detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation, or how to install underground storm sanitary and water piping system. Or maybe you need more experience with finishing work, such as installing sinks, tubs and toilets, or more specialized tasks like installing water conditioners or hydronic heating and chilled water systems.

Here are a few other subjects covered in the Plumber apprenticeship program at NAIT:

  • preparing and studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to develop the layout of plumbing systems and to determine materials and tools needed
  • locating and marking positions for connections, then cutting holes through walls and floors to accommodate pipes

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you like working with little supervision and thrive on using your specialized skills in a variety of work conditions, then you will enjoy working as a plumber.

Plumbers work in a variety of conditions, both outdoors and indoors, from roughing-in to finishing to maintenance and repair work. In smaller communities, plumbers do a wider variety of plumbing jobs, such as installing private sewage disposal systems and potable water distribution systems.

Training at NAIT

The Plumber apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1500 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year


Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a plumber, you will be employed by construction contractors, plumbing repair shops and large organizations that require continuous maintenance work. Some plumbers are self-employed.

Plumbers tend to specialize in a certain type of work, such as installing water conditioners, residential plumbing, private water supplies for farms/acreages or hydronic heating and chilled water systems.

Experienced plumbers can advance to supervisors, estimators or start their own contracting business.


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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in tools, equipment and materials, plumbing theory, gas theory, heating, practical tool use, safety and WHMIS, related math and science, blueprint reading, sketching and drawing.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices review the first year and are provided further training in plumbing theory, math, science and blueprints. New training includes hydronic heating, gasfitting, pipe trades practical applications, pipefitting and welding.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices receive more advanced training in theory, math and science, practical applications and blueprint reading and sketching, along with training in private sewage disposal systems, hydronic radiant heating and gasfitting theory and labs

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices receive further advanced training in related subjects, practical applications and gasfitting theory and labs along with training in private water supply and water treatment, drain waste and venting and special applications.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $975.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $625.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $400.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $450.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

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Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

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