Plumbing Apprentice

Plumbing Apprentice

Apprenticeship Training

Learn to install and repair pipes for water, gas, sewage, and drainage systems, and to install and repair sanitary facilities. You'll test your installations to ensure compliance with plumbing code. Work can be indoors or outdoors on existing or new construction projects. Plumbers may work on a ladder/scaffold, in trenches and in various weather conditions. Work requires both stamina and physical strength, working in cramped or uncomfortable positions, and standing for long periods.

Apprentices who complete this apprenticeship have the opportunity to transfer course credits towards the Technical Studies – Journey Worker degree.

Plumber fixing piping under sink

Program Outline

At A Glance

How You'll Learn

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On Campus

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On Location Training

Approximate Cost


*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Apply state plumbing code requirements to: the installation and repair of venting systems, water supply systems, storm drain systems, and POWTS systems.
  • Refer to the Wisconsin Administrative Plumbing codes.
  • Prepare for journey level licensure examination.

Your Potential Careers

  • Journeyman Plumber

Median Annual Salary

$37,939 $57,096 $43,846
Local State National

Become An Apprentice

Learn the steps to take to become an apprentice.


  • High school diploma or GED/HSED
  • Passing score on Accuplacer or other required tests
  • Physical capability of performing the trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
  • Applicants must meet the application and testing requirements of the field they are interested in entering. These rules and policies may vary depending on the requirements of the specific occupation.
  • Applicants must be employed prior to starting an apprenticeship. If you do not have an employer, you can still start the application process and go before the committee to receive a Letter of Introduction, which can be taken to potential employers to designate that you are a qualified apprenticeship candidate.


  • 5-year training program
  • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 576 hours of paid related classroom instruction
  • 260 hours of non-paid related instruction (First Aid, Welding, OHSA, Modules, Blueprint Reading, Transition to Trainer, etc)


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The Department of Workforce Development - Bureau of Apprenticeship and Standards (BAS) governs apprenticeship programs, deriving its authority from Chapter 106 of the Wisconsin Statutes. This law determines all requirements of students, employers, and apprenticeship training programs. Registration assures that the employer has a qualified employee and that the apprentice receives a thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills required in his/her selected field. BAS's supervision assures that training meets the standards of the trade.