Steamfitter/Pipefitters are logical, hands-on tradespeople who enjoy shaping pipes and installing them for use in a range of systems—from high-pressure water to fuels, cooling solutions and more.

As a Pipefitter/Steamfitter, you’ll need to use your math skills and agility to figure out how to design, assemble, install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair complex pipe systems.  

You’ll need to be comfortable working independently as you analyze each situation. You’ll also need to be creative with how you design your systems and master heating and bending pipes at very high temperatures.

What You'll Learn

  • How to cut openings for pipes in walls, floors and ceilings 
  • How to select the type and size of pipe required for different types of content 
  • How to measure, cut, bend, weld, braze, cement, solder and thread pipes 
  • How to test existing piping systems for leaks 
  • How to clean and maintain pipe units and fittings 

Key Job Skills

  • Critical thinking 
  • Layout and fabrication 
  • Piping component assembly 
  • Water supply management 
  • Hydronic, natural gas and propane system installation 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

For a list of all approved non-public training providers, visit this page.

Technical Training 30 weeks over 4 years
Work-Based Training
6300 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$22.50 — $47.00

Program Updates

Harmonization Progress

  • Level 1 - Harmonized*

  • Level 2 - Harmonized*

  • Level 3 - Harmonized*

  • Level 4 - Harmonized*

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in April 2019
**Current = Program stream for apprentices who've completed level 1 training before April 2019

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact us

Harmonized Program


In effect starting April 2019, as per Transition Plan

Please be aware that changes have been made to the Gasfitter - Class B program, please view OPSN 2018 002.1 for details. 

Exam Information

And Resources

Find exam-related information and resources under each menu item below.





  • Exam Breakdown
  • Code Book required: Gas Code CSA B149.1-15 or CSA B149.1-20



  • Exam Breakdown
  • Code Book required: Gas Code CSA B149.1-15 or CSA B149.1-20


Exam Information

Program Information

Information for the Current (pre-harmonized) program.

Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.