Plumbing Pre Apprentice Course

Plumber Pre Apprentice Program

The Plumber Pre-Apprentice Program at the Skilled Trades College of Canada was designed to give students the right mix of theoretical and hands-on practical experience to make them into successful apprentices. A plumber is a tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage, and drainage in plumbing systems. Some of the duties that a plumber is required to perform are: installing, repairing and maintaining pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing equipment; welding, connecting, and leak testing; estimating; interpreting blueprints; supervising apprentices; and more.
Our graduates receive the skills, training, and experience needed to make them the most sought after plumbing apprentices in their field – because they are qualified, competent and accomplished with practical hands-on training. This course will provide you with safety training, introduction to plumbing, theory, plumbing code and blueprints, math for plumbers, and plumbing practical techniques. You will learn your water supply, drainage systems, as well as work with numerous piping equipment.
Course Outline
  • Safety Training
  • Introduction To Plumbing 
  • Plumbing Theory
  • Ontario Building Code
  • Plumbing Code Division B Part 7
  • Residential Prints
  • Basic Math For Plumbing
  • Plumbing Practical Techniques (Hands-on Training)
Safety Training Certificates Received
  • Basic Hoisting and Rigging
  • Elevated Work Platforms
  • First Aid & C.P.R.
  • Safe Handling of Welding/Soldering Gases
  • Lockout & Tagout
Potential Career Opportunities
  • Plumber
  • Plumbing Contractor
  • Maintenance Plumber
  • Pipefitter/Steamfitter
  • Supervisor/Management
  • Fire Sprinkler Fitter
  • Gas Technician

Job Ready in as little as 12 Weeks

Our pre-apprenticeship plumbing program prepares our students to be job ready in as little as 12 weeks. Our students love this program because it is practical, engaging and provides an ample amount of hands-on training delivered by our industry leading faculty.

What’s in it for me?

Graduates of our Plumbing program leave with a full set of Klein Tools, personal protective equipment, safety certifications, textbooks, and most importantly, the skills and knowledge of a second year apprentice.  After completing our program, you will have the confidence and hands-on experience needed to start working and become an asset to any company.

Why become a Plumber?

Plumbers are very well respected in the construction industry.  It takes a very specialized set of skills and knowledge to work as a Plumber.  A career as a Plumber can provide a salary substantially higher than the national average.

Why Pre-Apprentice Training?
  • Receiving the necessary training from a pre-apprentice program can mean having an apprenticeship or not. A pre-apprenticeship gives you the “proof” that you are interested in that career, and majority of the times, you need one in order for someone to take you on as an apprentice. Remember, as an apprentice you are asking someone to hire you. If you do not have the necessary fundamentals, and the time spent trained such as safety requirements, theory. and hands-on experience, you most likely will not be selected as an apprentice, as they will most likely go with someone that already has the training. It will not only provide you all the necessary training you need to start your career in the plumbing trade but it will also provide you a much better chance at receiving an apprenticeship with an employer.
What is an Apprenticeship?
What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary education like university or college but there’s a big difference. An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a trade credential – or “ticket”.  Apprentices not only learn skills in a classroom, but receive paid on-the-job training with an employer.

Is an apprenticeship work or school?

It is both. Approximately 80% of the training is done on-the-job with an employer and the other 20% is completed in school (also known as technical training), in most cases alternating between the two. That means you earn money while you learn.

How long is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship programs are typically four years long and lead to trade certification.

Benefits of Working in Skilled Trades
Here are 4 reasons why blue-collar careers are more desirable in today’s world:

1. Job demand

There is nothing more reassuring to know that you’ll spend all this time and money in education to be rewarded with a career.  Stats Canada stated an estimated 1 million skilled trade workers will be needed across the country by 2020. We simply don’t have enough skilled trade workers. This shortage translates to increasing employment opportunities and higher wages to compensate to those that are already in the field.

2. Trade school is cheaper & shorter

While spending 4 years of school to complete your bachelors degree is a rewarding achievement, the unfortunate debt that sometimes occurs is what draws it all back. Attending our pre-apprenticeship program, all we ask is for a mere 12 weeks as a full-time student before you’re off and ready to be on the field (and our cost is just a fraction of what you’d pay for your bachelors degree).

3. Trade jobs pay well

We agree that money shouldn’t be the deciding factor of what career you should aim for – but it is certainly important. Stats Canada estimates an average hourly wage 6% higher than any other occupation: $22.36 compared with $21.02. The highest earners are electricians ($25.26), crane operators and plumbers ($24.10).

4. Job security

When deciding on a career, good pay isn’t the only factor to consider – it’s also about knowing how secure you’re job will be in the future. In today’s economy, having a secure career is hard to come by – but not if you enter skilled trades. For starters, you can’t outsource skilled trade jobs– in many other industries, jobs are being moved overseas, which you can’t do with an electrician, plumber or HVAC technician.

How to Become a Plumber

1) Get your high school diploma, GED or equivalent:
A plumber needs a solid foundation in math, physics and blue print reading. Although not mandatory, a high school diploma or equivalent is recommended.

2) Get your job-related training:
Plumbers are required to start off as an apprentice in their respective fields. But before getting an employer to hire you as an apprentice, you will need some prior training. This is where a good pre-apprenticeship training program will be the difference between finding employment or not. At the Skilled Trades College, we have a Plumbing Pre-Apprentice Program to give students the right mix of theory and hands-on experience needed to make them successful apprentices. Plumbing classes at Skilled Trades College will provide you with safety training, introduction to plumbing, theory, plumbing code, residential prints, math for plumbers, and plumbing practical techniques. The certificate will help you learn your water supply, drainage systems, as well as working with piping equipment.

3) Complete a plumbing apprenticeship:
After you have successfully completed a plumbing pre apprenticeship program, you will then take part in your apprenticeship, where you will earn while you learn, where you get paid for the work you do, while learning the respective trade, and ever so often, you will go back to school for eight week blocks of technical training. After completing 9,000 apprenticeship hours, you can apply to write your certificate of qualification exam.

4) Get your license:
After completing your plumbing training, obtaining and completing your plumbing apprenticeship, and passing your C of Q exam, you will then obtain your licence to become fully certified in your region.