The occupational title "Plumber" defines persons having the knowledge, training and abilities
to install, repair and maintain a variety of piping systems, plumbing fixtures and other equipment
generally associated with, but not limited to, water distribution and wastewater disposal.
People in this occupational group are employed by maintenance departments of
manufacturing, commercial, health care and educational facilities, by plumbing contractors, by plumbing
service companies or they may be self-employed. They may specialize in the installation of piping
systems in a wide variety of settings, such as residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings, as
well as in the repair and maintenance of existing systems.
In the accomplishment of their job functio ns, plumbers may perform all or some of the
following duties: installation of drainage, waste, vent piping and private sewage disposal systems,
installation of water distribution systems, plumbing fixtures and appliances, installation of hydronic
heating and cooling systems, installation of natural and liquefied petroleum systems, inspection,
maintenance and repairs of plumbing systems and installation of specialized piping systems. In some
jurisdictions, other trades perform the installation and maintenance of hydronic heating and cooling
systems. Similarly, some jurisdictions have enacted specific legislations requiring additional certification
for the installation of natural and liquified petroleum gas systems and private sewage disposal and septic
To perform their job duties effectively and efficiently, plumbers need to know all applicable
codes, regulations and laws and of a wide variety of piping systems and plumbing components. Plumbers
must have the ability to properly operate hand and power tools and related equipment as well as the ability
to determine the appropriate and safest means of performing their tasks. Plumbers also need to possess
good mechanical, mathematical and space visualization skills. Because of their interactions with coworkers,
clients and other trades people, they also need good interpersonal skills and the ability to
effectively communicate in both oral and written forms.
There are certain piping trade skills that are common to plumbers, gas fitters,
steamfitters-pipefitters and sprinkler system installers.
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Certificate of Apprenticeship
Red Seal Endorsement (Inter-provincial Standards Examination)
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