School of Skilled Trades

Advanced Plumbing Technology

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The Advanced Plumbing Technology diploma is a unique opportunity to get the technical and career essential skills you need to succeed in the plumbing industry. The diploma program offers a direct pathway into trades training at NAIT without having to first be a registered apprentice and can also serve as a pathway to apprenticeship.

The program focuses on theory and hands-on training required to master installation, repair, perform mechanical system maintenance and more. You will learn specific technical knowledge and get hands-on skills and experience. You will also get to explore new technologies and systems such as water recycling and re-use, solar and geothermal heating systems and water conservation.

Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Patricia

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Patricia Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

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Median Starting Salary

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

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Industry-approved plumber training

A career in plumbing calls for an understanding of both technical knowledge and career essential skills. Learning outcomes for this program include:

  • industry standards, legislation and workplace expectations
  • design, installation and maintenance of all relevant systems, including:
    • gas systems
    • hydronic heating systems and gas appliances
    • potable and non-potable water systems
    • service drainage, waste and vent (DWV) systems
  • design, interpretation and conversion of drawings for plumbing installations
  • mathematical concepts for plumbing installations, and
  • effective written and verbal communication tools

Plumbing careers

Enter the workforce with confidence! Unlike other programs, the Advanced Plumbing Technology diploma allows you to receive technical training, enter the trade, and present industry relevant skills to potential employers as soon as you graduate.

Graduates from this program have training in heating, gas and plumbing, as well as knowledge of the existing apprenticeship program. You will be prepared for work in all aspects of the industry, including new construction, maintenance and renovations in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

With more employers interested in hiring graduates with career essential skills such as communication, professionalism, collaboration and problem solving, this program equips you with the skills to grow quickly within the industry!

Graduates of the diploma program are eligible to further their education with the following programs:

Steps to a trades career for international students

This program is available to international students as a pathway to apprenticeship.
Pathways to a trades career for international students  at NAIT
International applicants should please note the following:
  • Students in this program may qualify to work while studying.
  • Graduates of this program may qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit
  • Graduates holding a Post-Graduation Work Permit may qualify to register as an apprentice, upon meeting all of AIT’s eligibility requirements. Registering as an apprentice with Alberta Industry Training (AIT) is a requirement to work in this industry in Alberta. Learn more about who can register as an apprentice.
  • Prospective international applicants should connect with our international recruitment team to learn about their study options and how to apply.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.


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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

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