Plumber Apprenticeship (2015/16 Program)

Program Code: 
Program Length: 

Basic, Intermediate and Advanced - eight weeks each

Contact your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for start dates.

Contact Information: 

Program assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 78038

Admission Requirements

This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. You and your employer are required to register through your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Several government services, such as Job Connect or your local Employment Ontario office, can help you get started in the more than 150 skilled trades that can be learned through apprenticeship training.

For other helpful information and job listings, visit

You will be scheduled for the in-school portion of training by MTCU. Apprentices who have been scheduled for the in-school training will be sent an Offer of Classroom Training letter from the MTCU.

Recommended Preparation 

  • Grade 10 English 
  • Grade 10 Mathematics 
  • Science

For Peel region, please contact:

MTCU - Apprenticeship Branch
The Emerald Centre
10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 404
Mississauga, ON L5R 3K6
905.279.7333 or 800.736.7332

Additional Requirements

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 2015/2016 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.

Our Program

In Humber's Plumber Apprenticeship program, you'll learn in-demand skills including 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

Cities and towns all over the country provide career opportunities in many industries and sectors. For example, Toronto - Canada's largest city - uses 1.24 million cubic metres of water on an average day, enough to fill the Rogers Centre stadium every day for a year. You can work in residential, commercial or industrial construction, installing fittings and fixtures involved in the distribution and use of water, and the safe removal of used water. You can also choose to work in maintaining, repairing, renovating and remodeling piping in existing structures. Finally, there are also opportunities to work as a plumbing wholesaler, consultant or inspector.

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.

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). Humber also offers an optional nine-week pre-exam Certificate of Qualification preparation course for eligible apprentices who have completed all three levels of trades school.

List of Courses
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 151 Plumbing Systems 2
PLAP 152 Trade Documentation 2
PLAP 153 Trade Calculations 2
PLAP 154 Welding 2
PLAP 155 DWV Piping Systems
Course Code Course Name
PLAP 207 Plumbing Systems 3
PLAP 208 Trade Documentation 3
PLAP 209 Process Piping Systems