Plumber Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act
Compulsory Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade

Trade Code 306A
NOC 7251


  • Install, repair, and maintain pipes, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and wastewater disposal in new construction or existing residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • Install the piping for any process, including the conveyance of gas, or any tubing for a pneumatic or air-handling system
  • Read and understand design drawings, manufacturer’s literature and installation diagrams for piping and connected appliances

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may work outside at various times of the year and experience a considerable range of environmental and olfactory conditions
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are in good physical condition and are able to carry materials and fixtures
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Small, medium and large companies employ plumbers on a variety of projects
  • Some plumbers and companies specialize in either the residential, commercial, industrial or institutional sector
  • Some large industries employ maintenance plumbers
  • Many plumbers have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, most employers and unions require Grade 12 with courses in Mathematics and Physics
  • Completion of a 5 year apprenticeship program at 1,800 hours per year
  • If you have completed 9,000 hours but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability Trade Related Programs Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques -HVAC
Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue
Whitby ON L1N 6A7
905-721-3300 Apprenticeship Training Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue
Whitby ON L1N 6A7
905-721-3300 Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress initially from 40% to 80% of the journeyperson wages over time
  • Wages 1 range from $14 – $17 for junior apprentices and $32 – $35 for journeypeople, excluding overtime

Prospects For Employment

  • Ratio journeyperson/apprentice is 1:1 or 3:1
  • Employment 1 is expected to be good from 2012 – 2015
  • Employment opportunities are linked to the economy and the housing market and are cyclical

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and first year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Employers who employ first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
  • Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction
  • Apprentices who complete their apprenticeship and earn their Certificate of Qualification are eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant