In partnership with SAIT, the district offers students a free one-year program to earn a Pre-Employment Pipe Trades Certificate while in high school.
About the Program
This program prepares students to enter the workforce and become pipe trades apprentices. Recent changes to the pipe trades apprenticeship framework means that apprentice plumbers, steam/pipe-fitters and gas-fitters all complete the same first year technical training. In the Pre-Employment Pipe Trades Program, students will receive the same technical training, plus additional hands on skills and safety training.
Pipe trades apprentices may specialize in residential and commercial plumbing, commercial and industrial gas fitting,steam fitting, building maintenance, oil and gas and/or heating systems.
Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using SAIT plumbing courses as CTS Credits. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of Alberta Education, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, and the SAIT Pre-Employment Pipe Trades Program.
SAIT instructors will deliver the program on-campus at SAIT four days a week, Mondays to Thursdays, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT. Tuition is free for students enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school. The cost of the program after high school is approximately $4,650. Students are responsible for the purchase of personal protective equipment.
High school students who are at least 15 years old must:
- Have completed the following high school courses:
- Math 20-1, 20-2 or 20-3
- ELA 20-1 or 20-1
- Science 10
Successful graduates of the program will:
- Earn 15 high school credits
- Earn 12 SAIT post-secondary credits
- Earn a SAIT Certificate of Completion in the Pre-Employment Pipe Trades Program
- Gain eligibility to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship exam for first-year Apprenticeship.
Students can apply at their high school through their counsellor, career practitioner or Off-Campus teacher.
Click here for detailed Pre-Employment Pipe Trades information.