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.

OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS THE STEAMFITTER/PIPEFITTER PROGRAM WILL BE CHANGING. WHERE ARE WE NOW?

APRIL 2019 - MARCH 2020

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Harmonized*

Current**

Current**

Current**

*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 - Level 1 in effect April 2019

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. Will be made available by Fall 2019

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

Program Updates:

Transitioning to the Harmonized Program

  • February 2018: 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

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)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 28.3 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.

OR

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 264.47 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 57.04 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 215.94 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 205.58 KB)