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Plumbing Apprenticeship

Application Process

  • Obtain application from links to forms below or contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (see address and phone below).
  • Complete and return your application with a copy of a high school transcript or GED and a copy of driver's license or plan of travel.
  • Completion of the Accuplacer assessment for Reading and Arithmetic or Elementary Algebra. Contact WITC Student Services at 1.800.243.9481- Rice Lake, New Richmond, Superior, or Ashland.
  • Interview with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC)
  • Take letter of introduction to prospective employers for an interview.


Click on the links below for more information or to download and print an application or call the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (see below). 

Applications for Plumbers in the New Richmond area

Applications for Plumbers in the Northern Wisconsin Region area


Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Web Site
Contact: Rob Ecker
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701 Email:
Phone: 715.874.4627
Fax: 715.874.4603

Plumbing Apprenticeship Faculty

Tom Bembnister
Plumbing Apprentice Instructor
715.234.7082 or 800.243.9482
Extension 5343

Randy Deli, Academic Dean
715.234.7082, ext. 5113

Margie Ince, Apprenticeship Assistant
715.234.7082, ext. 5289


Plumbing Pipes and Fixtures

Apprenticeship Information

Work Description:
Plumbers install pipes for water, gas, sewage, and drainage systems and install bathroom and kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and laundry equipment. They cut and thread pipe and assemble and install valves, pipe fittings and pipes.

Working Conditions:
Work is active and sometimes strenuous. Work indoors and outdoors on a ladder or scaffold, in trenches or unfinished sections of new buildings. May work in uncomfortable positions or stand for long periods of time.

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Age 18 or high school graduate at 17
  • Possess a valid driver's license or means of transportation
  • Physically capable of performing the trade
  • Recommended high school courses: general math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, mechanical and architectural drawing, general science, shop courses, and English

Terms of Apprenticeship:

  • 5 year program
  • 8000 hours on-the-job training
  • 572 hours of paid related classroom instruction
  • 260 hours of non-paid related instruction on own time
  • First 6 months is the probationary period
  • A state journeyperson examination at the completion of the apprenticeship
  • A licensed journeyperson is eligible to work under supervision of a master plumber throughout the state of Wisconsin
  • After 3 years a journeyperson may take exam for a Master License which is needed to become a licensed plumbing contractor.
  • Wage scale of apprentice systematically increases throughout the apprenticeship