1. At least eighteen (18) years of age.
  2. High School graduate or a certificate of equivalency (GED)
  3. One year of high school math or equivalent post-secondary course(s) completed with a grade of “C” or better, or an equivalent placement test score.


Non-returnable documentation proving educational requirements (a copy of high school diploma, high school transcripts, GED certificate) and age (copy of drivers license) must accompany the application.

  • Employers may also require a valid driver’s license, clean DMV record, drug testing, criminal background check, or other job-related considerations.

Ranked Selection:  Applications of individuals who meet the minimum qualifications will be scored and ranked based on the documentation submitted by the applicant.  The pool of applicants is for use by employers that are registered with this apprenticeship committee.

Description of Work:  Plumbers read blueprint to different scales, layout sewer pipe and water distributions, set fixtures such as sinks, toilets, water heaters, and filter systems using the various makes and models of fixtures. Service, repair and replace fixtures in both residential and commercial applications. Use the different hand tools, materials and fittings related to the trade. Follow city and county codes and state handicap standards. Solder and silver braze copper pipe. Physical labor includes drilling, trenching, lifting heavy materials and working on ladders.

Working Conditions:  The work in this trade is done both indoors and outdoors, in existing and newly constructed buildings, in residential and commercial structures, and in all kinds of weather around noise, mud, and debris.  Individuals in this trade often work in cramped areas and in awkward positions.

Work Processes:  Apprenticeship consists of both on-the-job training and related classroom training.  The work processes to be learned and the approximate hours required for each are:

  1. Sewerage: Sanitary and storm piping, Disposal                            1,000 hours
  2. Drainage, Waste and vent piping (DWV)                                         2,400 hours
  3. Soldering, Brazing, Welding                                                                  500 hours
  4. Water: Supply, Service, Mains, Appurtenances                              2,200 hours
  5. Fixtures, Appliances, Trim and Supports                                        1,400 hours
  6. Gas piping, equipment, appliances                                                    100 hours
  7. Miscellaneous plumbing, piping, repair, maintenance                    400 hours    Total                                                                                                      8,000 hours

Related Training:  A minimum of 144 hours of related training are required each year. The apprentice will be responsible for paying tuition for each term throughout the program.  Related training must cover the following subjects and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better for graded classes or “pass” for non-graded classes:

  •  Materials, tools, equipment
  • Mathematics, Science
  • State Safety Regulation, OSHA
  • Basic First Aid
  • Soldering and brazing
  • Welding, Gas and Arc
  • Blueprint and drawing training
  • Plumbing rules, laws, and related codes
  • Draining (DWV) installations/treatment
  • Water Systems, installations/treatment
  • Related trades information
  • Medical gas
  • Service and repair
  • Gas installation and venting 

Wage Schedule:

The average wage for those journey workers employed by the participating employers in this occupation as of July 1, 2020 is $34.65 per hour.  Apprentices make a percentage of that wage according to their level in the program.  The progressive wage rate to be paid to the apprentice is:

  • 1st   1,000 hour period 45%              5th  1,000 hour period 65%
  • 2nd  1,000 hour period 50%              6th  1,000 hour period 70%
  • 3rd  1,000 hour period 55%              7th  1,000 hour period 75%
  • 4th  1,000 hour period 60%              8th  1,000 hour period 80% 
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