Plumber Apprenticeship

Plumber Apprenticeship (2016-2017)

How to Apply

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 program start dates.


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Contact Information

Program assistant
416-675-6622 ext. 78038


The 2015/2016 fee for the plumbing apprenticeship program was
– basic $450
– intermediate $450
– advanced $450.
Fees are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites for a plumbing apprenticeship are Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Math.

Some general science is also recommended.

The plumbing 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). Once you are registered with the MTCU, you will be working – earn while you learn – for your employer, and your apprenticeship will be monitored by the MTCU. After a period of working, you will be scheduled for the in-school portion of your training. Apprentices who have been scheduled for in-school training will receive an Offer of Classroom Training letter from the MTCU.

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

Our Program

In Humber’s Plumber Apprenticeship program, you will learn trade-required skills such as job planning, layout and installation using blueprints; preparation and installation of water and drainage piping systems; repair and maintenance of pipe, valves, faucets and fixtures; and testing of water supply and drainage systems.

List of Courses

Your Career

The city of Toronto – Canada’s largest city – uses 1.24 million cubic metres of water on an average day. This is enough to fill the Rogers Centre stadium every day for a year. At the same time, Toronto produces a similar volume of sewage or waste water every day. This shows how cities and towns all over the country provide career opportunities in many sectors within the plumbing industry. You can do new construction work in different sectors such as low-rise residential (housing), high-rise residential (condominiums), or commercial and industrial construction. You can install piping systems for the distribution and use of potable water and the safe removal of sanitary sewage. You could choose to do renovation and remodeling of existing plumbing systems or to repair and maintain these existing systems. Finally, you could choose to work in a related aspect of the plumbing industry such as system design, inspections or the plumbing material wholesale sector.

Plumbing Apprenticeship Overview
A plumbing apprenticeship is generally 9,000 hours in length but upon registration with the MTCU, it may be shortened based on education and previous work experience. The in-school training portion makes up 720 hours of the overall apprenticeship. Apprentices at Humber College attend a “block release” class that is eight weeks in length for whichever level of training they are attending (i.e., basic, intermediate or advanced). Humber also offers an optional one-week pre-exam Certificate of Qualification preparation course for eligible apprentices who have completed all three levels of trade school and are ready to write the exam.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Apprentices completing the required in-school training are issued Certificates of Apprenticeship from Humber College. Upon successful completion of in-school and on-the-job training, apprentices write the Ontario Certificate of Qualification trade exam.

Additional Information

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

For more information and job listings, visit

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) 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.


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