Apprenticeship Training 

The training provided at the Plumber's Local #5 Apprenticeship School is recognized throughout the United States and Canada. The U.A. (United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters of the United States and Canada) provides training material and class outlines to all affiliated Apprentice Training Programs.

Once Apprentices graduate from the Program, they are able to work as Plumbers in other areas of the country when employment opportunities present themselves, or they can relocate entirely should the need arise.

Apprentices receive required certification classes and obtain Journeypersons Licenses.
  • Medical Gas Certification
  • Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention
  • CFC Certification
  • Welding Certification
  • OSHA/Safety Certifications
  • Journeyworker Plumbing License
  • Journeyworker Gasfitter License
  • Diversity Awareness
  • CPR/First Aid
  • 32 College Credits

Plumber Apprentices assist experienced Plumber Journeypersons in the installation and servicing of plumbing systems. The Apprentices are paid for this employment. Their hands-on training, along with related class instruction provide apprentices with all the experience and training for a lifelong career in the plumbing industry.

Selection of the Best

There is no shortage of candidates for the Apprentice Program. Each year a limited number of applicants are accepted. This ensures those applicants have a good opportunity to remain employed throughout their Apprenticeship and that all Apprentices receive consistent quality of training. Qualified applicants are selected into the apprenticeship program based on two factors: test scores and interview scores. A rank order list is then prepared based on the total number of points, and admitted into the program based on the rank list.  All applicates invited to participate in the Apprenticeship Program must take and pass a drug test prior to enrolling in the Apprenticeship Program. A failed drug test will result in the invitation to participate in the Apprenticeship Program being rescinded. In addition, once enrolled in the Apprenticeship Program, criminal background checks may be performed on apprentices as required by their employer or the location where they are assigned to work. A criminal background check that reveals a conviction for a felony may result in the loss of work opportunities and possible removal from the Apprenticeship Program.   

The Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Fund admits students of any race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin to administration of the educational and admissions policies and programs and other apprenticeship school administered programs.