Northwest College

Career Program

Plumbing Apprenticeship Program

Opportunities in the plumbing industry are good, especially for those who have formal training, be it through a technical school or as an apprentice.

The Plumbing Apprenticeship Program at NWC CTD is a four year program that will take you from the basics to being prepared to take the Journeyman's test. You will learn from industry experts in the classroom in conjunction with employment in the Plumbing field for on-the-job training while earning a living. This course teaches the fundamentals of plumbing - the tools required, refrigeration, heating, electrical basics, hydronics, code requirements, safety, and much more! 

Plumbing Technicians are trained to work with plumbing systems in both residential and commercial settings..

What is an apprenticeship: The participant is an employee of one our industry partners as they go through the necessary training to obtain the skills and competencies to reach the Journeyman status. Participants are employees of our industry partners and earn a salary. The salary will be increased based on the skills and competency level achievements.

Requirements: Typically a four year program with 576 related instruction hours (online & classroom), and requires 6,000 to 8,000 on-the-job hours to meet competency requirements. Participants must complete 144 training hours per year (this can include safety meetings)

Training will take place in 3 venues:

  • On-the-job:  Plumbing competencies (skills) will be mentored and evaluated by the employer
  • Online:  Classes will be provided online for this program
  • Classroom:  Several classes will be offered in the classroom 

Topics to be covered:

  • Safety
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Plumbing Theory
  • Refrigeration / Heating
  • Electrical Basics
  • Sheet Metal
  • Hydronics
  • Related Science
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fuel Gas Piping & Venting
  • Code Requirements for Electricity, Fuel Gas & Mechanical

Requirements for program entry:

  • Must be 16 or older
  • High School Diploma or GED (recommended, not required)
  • Participants will be expected to show up on time each day and perform the duties assigned.
  • Participants will be expected to complete their online training per the schedule that will be provided and attend all in-class sessions, unless prior approvals are given for exceptions.

To register or for more information: call 307-754-6062 or email


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