Whether your interest in the plumbing profession flows from your methodical nature or your desire to work with your hands, the Plumber Apprenticeship program will train you for a rewarding career.

See the Courses tab below for details on program delivery.


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In our Plumber Apprenticeship program, you'll learn the ins and outs of the trade and discover how to keep water, waste and gas flowing to or from homes and businesses. Your innovative, problem-solving skills will help prepare you for whichever direction your career takes you – whether you are employed by a construction contractor or a plumbing repair shop, or you decide to work for yourself.

Over four years, you’ll spend 80 per cent of your apprenticeship learning on the job while working side by side with skilled plumbers. For the remaining 20 per cent, you’ll be in our state-of-the-art trades and technologies facilities expanding your knowledge and using industry-standard equipment to develop new skills.

A career in an essential trade is waiting – apply to the Plumber Apprenticeship today!

Career opportunities

You’ll have all the skills you need when you finish your apprenticeship to find employment through:

  • commercial and residential construction companies
  • renovation companies
  • plumbing repair shops
  • self-employment
Duration: 4 years
Credential: Certified 'Journeyman' Papers
Delivery Format

A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.


Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.


Learning Environment

Apprenticeship programs require eight to 12 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training.

Courses include:

  • Matter, density and relative density
  • Residential drainage, waste and venting
  • Pressure reducing valves and booster pumps
  • Lawn irrigation
  • Medical gas piping

View the full course outline for the Plumber Apprenticeship.

Academic requirements

  • Successful completion of English 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or entrance exam.
  • English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 30 or Chemistry 30 or Science 30 and related career and technology studies courses recommended.

Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.

Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.


You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board

Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB   T1J 4C7

Telephone: 1-800-248-4823
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
Fax: 403-381-5795

Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $784.00 $141.25 $737.10
Year 2 $784.00 $141.25 $126.10
Year 3 $784.00 $141.25 $126.20
Year 4 $784.00 $141.25 $0.00

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Complete your training close to home

Laying the groundwork for future employees, local businesses have generously supported the development of our Plumber Apprenticeship program. That support means you can now stay close to home as you build a successful career in the trades. All four years of your Plumber Apprenticeship can be completed here at Lethbridge College.

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