Printed on 10/21/2021

Plumbing Apprentice

50-427-5 Apprenticeship (A)
16 Credits
Not Financial Aid Eligible
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Plumbers work on residential, commercial and industrial projects providing potable water and sanitary drain and vent systems. In this program, you will learn the proper installation techniques for these systems, and through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, you’ll gain the skills to install the associated piping, fittings and fixtures, and the code knowledge related to the trade. You’ll also learn to plan and lay out plumbing systems around the work of other trades. This program involves both paid and unpaid instruction and requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

Learn more about apprenticeship programs.

Career Opportunities

  • Estimator
  • Licensed Journeymen Plumber
  • Plumbing Apparatus Installer


Estimated Program Cost

Plumbing Apprentice

This program will cost about *
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about *.

Textbooks will cost about *.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Plumbing Apprentice

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* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Program Outcomes
    • Apply state plumbing code requirements to the installation and repair of sanitary drain systems
    • Apply state plumbing code requirements to the installation and repair of venting systems
    • Apply state plumbing code requirements to the installation and repair of water supply systems
    • Apply state plumbing code requirements to the installation and repair of storm drain systems
    • Apply State plumbing code requirements to the installation and repair of POWTS systems
    • Refer to the Wisconsin Administrative Plumbing codes
    • Prepare for Journey level licensure examination
  • Additional Information

    In Wisconsin, all journeyworker plumbers must be licensed by the Plumbing Bureau of the State Department of Workforce Development. A person can only be licensed as a journeyman plumber after completing an apprenticeship approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards of DWD and registering with the Plumbing Bureau. Apprentice plumbers follow apprenticeship laws and rules in addition to the plumbing laws and codes.

    Your first step is to contact:
    **Organization Management Services**
    3315 N. Ballard Road, Suite D
    Appleton, WI 54911
    920-734-3148 or 877-625-8304
    **Associated Builders & Contractors**
    Apprenticeship & Training Trust
    5330 Wall Street
    Madison, WI 53718

    Applications are issued by the trade committee. Entry requirements and testing vary depending upon trade.

    You must be employed by a company/organization that is willing to participate in an apprenticeship program.

    2016-17 average wage for Plumbing Apprentice completers - $37.48 per hour/$77,967 annually.

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