Apprenticeship

Plumber

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You want to be a plumber. You want to install and service plumbing systems, fixtures, piping equipment and controls for transporting water, waste, gases or hot liquids. You might already work on construction sites doing rough-ins after the framing and roof are in place.

But you want to learn more, like how to prepare detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation, or how to install underground storm sanitary and water piping system. Or maybe you need more experience with finishing work, such as installing sinks, tubs and toilets, or more specialized tasks like installing water conditioners or hydronic heating and chilled water systems.

Here are a few other subjects covered in the Plumber apprenticeship program at NAIT:

-preparing and studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to develop the layout of plumbing systems and to determine materials and tools needed

-locating and marking positions for connections, then cutting holes through walls and floors to accommodate pipes

Quick Facts

Credential: Journeyman Certificate

Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.

Campus: Patricia

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Patricia Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Periods: 4

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you like working with little supervision and thrive on using your specialized skills in a variety of work conditions, then you will enjoy working as a plumber.

Plumbers work in a variety of conditions, both outdoors and indoors, from roughing-in to finishing to maintenance and repair work. In smaller communities, plumbers do a wider variety of plumbing jobs, such as installing private sewage disposal systems and potable water distribution systems.

Training at NAIT

The Plumber apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1500 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year
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Enter the workforce with confidence

As a plumber, you will be employed by construction contractors, plumbing repair shops and large organizations that require continuous maintenance work. Some plumbers are self-employed.

Plumbers tend to specialize in a certain type of work, such as installing water conditioners, residential plumbing, private water supplies for farms/acreages or hydronic heating and chilled water systems.

Experienced plumbers can advance to supervisors, estimators or start their own contracting business.

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Periods

Tuition & Fees

The tuition and fee amounts below are estimates based on current academic year’s rates. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. Actual fees may vary by term and enrolment activities. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more detailed information.

View the technical equipment requirements (PDF)

Scholarships & Awards

How to Apply

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Want to learn more about this program?

Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions.

Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
  • Navigating nait.ca and MyNAITPortal

Contact Student Service Centre

Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal



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