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Piping Opportunities for Women (POW) is intended to assist women wishing to pursue a career in the piping trades. The UAPICBC has partnered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for this initiative, by offering funded pipe trades training opportunities to eligible participants.
Through the various course options detailed below, women will gain the knowledge and training necessary to achieve their career goals.

Program Information

  • Course Delivery


  • Certification(s)

    Certificate of Completion of Selected Trade

  • Varies
  • Length*

Topics Covered


Designed for those who wish to explore all the options available in the piping trades, such as plumbing, steamfitting, sprinklerfitting and welding. This course was developed for those with minimal or no experience within the piping trades. An overview is presented for each discipline. Female tradespersons are brought into the classroom to mentor students and to share their workplace experiences. At the end of these six weeks of training, participants who successfully complete will be able to move forward into Piping Foundation or Welding.

Ladders into piping foundation or welder level C

Piping Foundation

Piping Foundation is an 18 week level one common-core technical training course, blended with essential skills training for plumbing, sprinklerfitting and steamfitting; with the requirement for students to choose which trade to specialize in at roughly the mid-way point through the programme. Upon successful completion of this training, apprentices are awarded with a certificate of completion in level one Piping Foundation in the trade of their choosing by the Industry Training Authority.

Welding and Other Technical Training

Eligible participants can also pursue other funded training options offered at UAPICBC such as:
Plumbing Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Sprinklerfitting Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Steamfitting Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Welding Levels C, B and A.

What can you do with this certification after completing it?

  • Varies, please refer to each program page for more information.


  • In order to qualify for funding, a participant must be a resident of British Columbia and must be Labour Market Agreement eligible. You are Labour Market Agreement eligible if you are:
  • Unemployed and not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or programme
  • or
  • Employed and low-skilled, lacking: high school diploma, certification or essential skills

More Information:

  • Please contact the school at 1-604-540-1945 if you have any questions