Steamfitter / Pipefitter

Steamfitter/Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and service equipment and piping systems carrying water, steam, fluids, gases, chemicals and fuel in various systems such as heating, cooling, lubricating and process piping systems. They read and interpret drawings, specifications and codes to determine layout, type and size of pipe, and tools to use. They measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, solder, braze, assemble and install metal, plastic and fiberglass pipes, valves and fittings. As well, they must be able to join and secure pipe sections of related equipment. They check systems for leaks. Steamfitters/Pipefitters also do general maintenance work including replacement of worn components.


APRIL 2021 - MARCH 2022

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4





*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 ITA Customer Service

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION - In effect starting April 1, 2019 as per Transition Plan

Program Profile Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification.  Download (186 PDF KB)
Program Outline Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers Download (1,294 PDF KB)
Exam Weighting Charts The Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched. Level 1 (131 PDF KB)

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

Record Book

Program Updates:

Transitioning to the Harmonized Program

  • March 2021For information regarding Year 3 of transition, see the Transition Update
  • January 2020: For information regarding Year 2 of transition,  see the Transition Update
  • February 2019: For information regarding the Foundation and Level 1 implementation, please see the Program Update
  • December 2018: For information about work-based training hours credit between the piping trades, please see the Program Update
  • September 2018: For information about the Transition Plan, please see the Program Update.
  • March 2018: For details of changes to the program and revised implementation date, please refer to OPSN 2018 003.1

Standardized Level Exams / Red Seal Exams

  • August 2021: Development and validation of Standardized Level Exam(s) (SLEs) for the Harmonized Level(s) of this program have been impacted by Covid-19. Implementation of affected SLEs will be announced by Official Program Standards Notification (OPSN). Please see the Program Update for details.
  • Harmonized Level 1: exam launched October 2019, see OPSN 2019 016 for details and Exam Weighting Chart
  • Current Level 2 and 3: See Exam Weighting Charts
  • For information regarding the Red Seal update, please see the Program Update.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 181.49 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1023.72 KB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 28.48 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


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.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 171.16 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 178.62 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 583.8 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 510.01 KB)