Ashland, New Richmond and Rice Lake Campuses
The plumbing apprenticeship is an earn-while-you-learn program of on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction. During the apprenticeship the apprentice works on-the-job learning the plumbing trade under the supervision of qualified journeymen. Apprentices are trained under a written training agreement called an indenture. While indentured, the employer agrees to teach the student the skills of the trade and the apprentice agrees to learn the skills involved.
As a plumbing apprentice you will learn to design, install, repair and maintain piping systems such as soil, waste, vent, potable water, wastewater treatment, gas systems (medical, propane, and natural) in residential, commercial, industrial buildings and at utility sites.
All apprentices have an employer. There is no need to look for an employer after you finish your training.
Take the State Exam
When you complete your apprenticeship, you will be eligible to write the state journeyman plumbing exam.
Work Toward a Degree
The credits earned in the plumbing apprenticeship program also apply towards an associate’s degree.
General Information and Application Processes
- Take letter of introduction to prospective employers for an interview.
- Interview with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC)
- Completion of the Accuplacer assessment for Reading and Arithmetic or Elementary Algebra. Contact WITC Student Services Rice Lake, New Richmond, Superior, or Ashland.
- 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.
- Obtain application from links to forms below or contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (see address and phone below).
Applications for Plumbers in the New Richmond area
Applications for Plumbers in the Northern Wisconsin Region area
- 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:
- Five year program
- 8,000 hours on-the-job training
- 572 hours of paid related classroom instruction
- 260 hours of non-paid related instruction on own time
- First six 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 three 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
For More Information:
Contact Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College at Rice Lake for information about the skilled occupations and industries in Northwest Wisconsin and advice about the requirements and application procedures. WITC works closely with regional apprenticeship offices (located in Chippewa Falls, Wausau, Milwaukee, Appleton and Madison), business and industry, and local labor union offices.
Obtain application from links to forms by contacting:
When you have found an employer/sponsor, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards -
620 W Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire WI 54701
Randy Deli, Academic Dean
715.234.7082, ext. 5113
Margie Ince, Apprenticeship Assistant
715.234.7082, ext. 5289