ACE-IT Plumbing




The ACE IT Plumbing and Piping program is a partnered initiative between the Comox Valley School District and North Island College.

District ACE-IT Program

Projected Program Dates

Program Duration

Preferred Prerequisites

Tuition - Paid by School

Other Fees - Paid by student



Plumbing & Piping Foundation


26 weeks

Shop Classes, Apprenticeship Workplace Math, & Drafting


$385 textbooks & $250 Gear

Total = $635


NIC – Courtenay

  • The Plumbing & Piping Foundation program begins at the start of second semester of your grade 12 year. 
  • Instruction takes place Monday to Thursday, 8:00 – 3:30, at North Island College campus in Courtenay. On Friday, students are out on Work Experience gaining valuable industry experience.

See Program Highlights for further details on the program.

Important Information

  • ACE IT Application Process Checklist.pdf – dl/open in new tab
  • ACE IT Plumbing & Piping Brochure.pdf link – dl/open in new tab
  • ACE IT Plumbing & Piping Application Form.pdf link – dl/open in new tab
  • NIC Plumbing and Piping link – open in new tab
  • Click to view a Plumbing Study Package or see your Career Teacher to prepare for NIC Assessment
    • You will need 1 Month to study prior to the assessment


Graduates have found employment in several different related trades areas, including refrigeration, plumbing, sheet metal, oil burner service, gas fitting, and fire sprinklers. Recent enhancements to the program will provide you with the initial experience required by the majority of employers in these fields.


Students will experience many theoretical and practical exercises, ranging from work site safety through to advanced trade related skills.  Upon graduation, students are prepared for employment in the plumber, steamfitter/pipefitter, sprinkler system installer or domestic/commercial gas fitter trades.  

On successful completion of this program and upon entering into an apprenticeship, graduates will be eligible to receive technical training credit for level one and 375 work-based hours credit towards your apprenticeship in any of these trades.