2014/15 Program

Plumber Apprenticeship

Our Program

Skills and knowledge offered in this Plumber Apprenticeship program include laying out a job and planning installations using blueprints; assembling and installing new piping systems; maintaining and repairing fixtures, faucets, valves and piping; testing water and drainage piping; and diagnosing water flow.

Your Career

Toronto uses 1.24 million cubic metres of water on an average day, enough to fill the Rogers Centre every day for a year. To meet that demand, the city operates 18 water pumping stations, 10 water storage reservoirs and four filtration plants. Work in a skilled trade where there are options in many industries and sectors. Work in construction – residential, commercial or industrial – installing fittings and fixtures involved in the distribution and use of water in a building and the safe removal of used water (sanitary sewage, grey water, storm water). Maintain, repair, renovate and remodel piping in existing structures. There are also opportunities to work as a plumbing wholesaler or consultant.

Work Placement

Plumber apprentices serve a 9,000-hour apprenticeship with 720 hours allocated to in-school training. Apprentices at Humber College attend block release classes (eight-week basic level, eight-week intermediate level and eight-week advanced level).

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Apprentices completing the required in-school training are issued a Certificate of Apprenticeship from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Upon successful completion of in-school and on-the-job training, apprentices write the Ontario Certificate of Qualification trade exam. Apprentices with 70 per cent or more are eligible to work in other provinces participating in the Red Seal Program.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School
  • Grade 10 English (applied or academic)
  • Grade 10 Mathematics (applied or academic)
  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • A solid background in science is an asset

Non-academic admission criteria may also be required.

Note: This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades.

Applicants are required to register through their local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the MTCU.

Additional Information

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is now offered by some Ontario school boards to students 16 years and older who have completed Grade 10. This program allows participants to complete high school while working part time as a registered apprentice. Contact your guidance counsellor or technical director for more information.


The 2014/2015 fee for this program is

  • basic $450
  • intermediate $450
  • advanced $450.

Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.



Course Code Course Name
PLAP 111 Plumbing Systems 1
PLAP 112 Trade Documentation 1
PLAP 113 Trade Calculations 1
PLAP 114 Welding 1
PLAP 115 Workplace Safety Rigging and Hoisting 1
PLAP 116 Tools and Piping Methods 1


Course Code Course Name
PLAP 211 Plumbing Systems 2
PLAP 212 Trade Documentation 2
PLAP 213 Trade Calculations 2
PLAP 214 Welding 2
PLAP 215 DWV Piping Systems


Course Code Course Name
PLAP 311 Plumbing Systems 3
PLAP 312 Trade Documentation 3
PLAP 313 Process Piping Systems