Red Seal Plumber Exam Prep (Online)

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Red Seal Plumber Exam Prep Overview

The Red Seal Plumber Examination Preparation course is designed based on the competencies listed in the trade’s Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS). The course will help students review all the trade-specific concepts and theories they will need to challenge and successfully pass the Red Seal Examination.

This intensive review course is for participants who have the requisite theoretical and practical knowledge and have met the challenge requirements to write the exam. The course will guide candidates and help them with the preparation material for the exam to become a Red Seal Plumber.

Students will have eight weeks to complete the course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:  

  • Understand the components and structure of the Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) and its relation to the Red Seal Exam
  • Identify knowledge gaps through review of sub-tasks
  • Review and demonstrate understanding of content as related to sub-tasks outlined in the RSOS
  • Develop an approach to answering multiple choice questions
  • Develop a strategic personal study plan to prepare for the Red Seal Exam
  • Create study notes and guides to prepare for the Red Seal Exam

Topics Covered

  • Session 1 – Common Occupational Skills
  • Session 2 – Pipe Assembly
  • Session 3 – Sewer installation, treatment systems, drainage, waste and vents
  • Session 4 – Water Service and Distribution
  • Session 5 – Plumbing fixtures and appliances, water treatment
  • Session 6 – Low pressure steam, hydronic heating and cooling systems
  • Session 7 – Fire protection and sandpipe systems
  • Session 8 – Specialized plumbing systems

Admission Requirements


Becoming a Plumber as a Career Choice

Plumbers install, repair and maintain plumbing fixtures and systems such as water, hydronic, drain, waste and vent (DWV), low pressure steam, residential fire, chemical and irrigation. They also install specialized systems such as medical gas, process piping, compressed air, water conditioners, fuel piping, sewage and water treatment, and storage and flow equipment.

Plumbers may be employed by plumbing/mechanical contractors, service companies, and maintenance departments of manufacturing, commercial, health care and educational facilities. They may also be self employed.

What Do Plumbers Do?

Plumbers interpret drawings, refer to layouts of existing services, and review applicable codes and specifications to determine work details and procedures. They locate and mark positions for fixtures, pipe connections and sleeves, and cut openings to accommodate pipe and fittings. Plumbers install piping and equipment in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings and sites.

Plumbers use a variety of tools and equipment such as hand and power tools, welding and soldering/brazing equipment, and hoisting and lifting equipment to perform the tasks in their trade. To perform some tasks or use some equipment, specific certification may be required. Plumbers work with a variety of piping materials such as copper, steel, plastic, glass, cast iron, cement, fibreglass and specialty materials.

Before assembling and fitting pipe sections, tubing and fittings, the pipes must be measured, cut and bent as required. Joining pipe may be done by various means, such as threading, using mechanical joints, welding, soldering/brazing and using fastening materials and compounds.

Plumbers test and commission systems to ensure proper operation. They perform scheduled, unscheduled and emergency maintenance and repair. Safety awareness is essential for plumbers. They may work indoors or outdoors and working conditions vary from one job to another.

Required Skills

The work of plumbers can be physically demanding. Plumbers often need to lift and carry heavy materials and equipment. While performing their duties, plumbers are also required to do considerable standing, climbing and kneeling. They may work at heights and in confined spaces. Special precautions may have to be taken when working with fluids, gases, steam and hazardous elements. Plumbers need to assess the systems and the environment to identify possible dangers.

Key attributes for people entering this trade are good mechanical, mathematical and spatial visualization skills. Plumbers also need good communication skills to communicate with co-workers and clients. Analytical/problem solving skills are required to interpret building plans, inspect piping systems and diagnose system faults and malfunctions. This standard recognizes some similarities or overlaps with the work of gasfitters, steamfitters/pipefitters, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics and sprinkler system installers.

Career Options

With experience, plumbers act as mentors and trainers to apprentices in the trade. They may also move into other positions such as instructors, inspectors, estimators and project managers.

Note: Before registering for any Red Seal Exam Preparation courses, please contact your local trades authority to confirm your eligibility to write the relevant Red Seal Exam.


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Jim Cameron

Jim Cameron - Ashton College InstructorJim Cameron is a Red Seal Plumber, Class “A” Gasfitter and a Red Seal Steamfitter/Pipefitter. Jim has over 40 years of trade experience in the field and as an instructor and curriculum developer for NAIT, SAIT, Centro Nacional para la Certification Industrial (Cuba), Lanzhou Petroleum Corporation (China), Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, and Pacific Vocational College. As a field hand, Jim worked as a journeyman, foreman, general foreman, site superintendent and was the owner of a mechanical contracting company. Jim officially retired in 2018, but he still enjoys instructing students online and in-person and works in the field for one or two months of the year. He makes his home in Mexico and Canada.

Jeremy Carte

Jeremy Carte, Ashton College instructorJeremy Carte is a Red Seal Plumber, Class “B” Gasfitter and Fourth Class Power Engineer who has been working in the industry for over a decade. Coming from a strong background in commercial and institutional service, he has built his portfolio of experience to include residential service, rough in and heating installations. Jeremy has benefited greatly from the talent and skills of many gifted colleagues throughout the years and has a strong desire to share what has helped him with others interested in the piping trades.


Vanessa Mastin

Vanessa Mastin, Ashton College instructor

Vanessa Mastin is a highly educated and dedicated journeyperson with a passion for meaningful work in the trades and education sectors. She has over seven years of experience as a certified Red Seal Journeyperson Plumber and Gasfitter. She achieved her National Construction Safety Officer certification in 2017 and is the co-chair of the School of Construction Safety Committee at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where she has taught for three years. Professionally, she demonstrated her proven dedication to student success and learning by winning the SAITSA Instructor Excellence Award for the School of Construction. Her educational background in sociology also puts her in good standing when working in the pipe trades, as she can seamlessly work with diverse backgrounds. Her personal teaching philosophy is that you can never stop learning.




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    • Students must devote at least 2 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars are held Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities


Required Materials

  • Plumbing Principles and Practice, Syed Azizul Haq. Routledge. ISBN: 9781003172239.
  • National Plumbing Code of Canada. Government of Canada.


The registration fee for this course is $495.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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