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Plumber

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Plumbers plan, install and service plumbing systems, fixtures, piping equipment and controls. These piping systems may be used to transport water, waste, gases or hot liquids.

On a typical construction job, plumbers do the roughing in after the frame and roof of a new building are in place. In other words, they:

  • study the building plans and specifications to determine the layout for the plumbing and other materials,
  • locate and mark the positions for connections and fixtures,
  • cut holes through walls and floors to accommodate pipes,
  • select the type and size of pipe required and measure, cut, thread, bend, clamp, solvent cement or solder pipe,
  • assemble and install valves and fittings,
  • join pipe sections and secure them in position,
  • test pipe systems for leaks, and
  • install underground storm sanitary and water piping system.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Apprenticeship
  • Alberta's plumber apprenticeship program includes gasfitter – class B certification. This means plumber apprentices who successfully complete all of the requirements for the plumber program will receive two Alberta Journeyperson Certificates: plumber and gasfitter – class B. Apprentices have to write both the plumber and the gasfitter – class B interprovincial exams to earn both Red Seal Endorsements.
  • The term of apprenticeship for a plumber is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
Trade Qualifier
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

 
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Description / Resources
Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.