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Trade Description:

Plumbers plan, install, maintain, inspect and repair plumbing systems, fixtures, equipment and controls in residential and commercial buildings. Some plumbers install piping systems in new home construction, commercial, industrial and public buildings. Others are experts in the retrofitting, repair and maintenance of existing systems. In smaller communities, plumbers generally do a wider variety of plumbing and related tasks, including installing private sewage disposal systems and potable (drinking) water distribution systems. Plumbers must be able to read blueprints and project specifications to determine the layout for the plumbing and other materials. They may work with pipes made from iron, steel, lead, copper, plastic, glass and cement and need to know the particular characteristics of the substances being carried in the pipes.

Construction companies, heating and plumbing contractors, and maintenance departments of plants, factories, governments and schools are all major employers of plumbers.

Trade Regulation PDF Document Prepping for the Exam - Booklist
National Occupational Analysis Sample Exams

Apprenticeship - Annual Requirements:

Levels Total Hours/Year
(On-the-Job & Technical Training)
Total Weeks/Year
(Technical Training)
Delivered By
5  1,800  10-9-8-8-10 RRC & ACC 

Training Standards:

PDF Document Level One PDF Document Level Chart
PDF Document Level Two PDF Document Profile Chart
PDF Document Level Three PDF Document NOA Subtask to Unit Comparison
PDF Document Level Four PDF Document Facility Audit Checklist
PDF Document Level Five PDF Document Unit to Course Comparison Checklist

Challenging the Exam - Trades Qualification:

Years of Experience
Hours Required Additional Practical
Exam Required
7.5 13,500 No
PDF Document Employer Declaration | PDF Document Employer Declaration (FR)
PDF Document Statutory Declaration | PDF Document Statutory Declaration (FR)

Designated Trainers:

PDF Document Work Experience Form

Accredited Programs:

Apprenticeship Trade Training Institution -
Secondary Schools 
Training Institution -
Post-Secondary Schools
Training Institution
Program Name 
Plumber __ Assiniboine Community College, School of Trades & Technology Piping Trades Program 1
Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre __ Pre-Employment Plumbing Program 1
Morden Collegiate __ Piping Trades Program 1
Piping Industry Technical College __ Plumbing & Pipe Trades (High School Vocational) 1
R. B. Russell Vocational School __ Plumber Program 1
__ Red River College, Construction Trades 5 Month Pre-Employment Plumbing Program 1
__ University College of the North - Thompson Pre-Employment Plumbing 1