Not an apprentice? Not a problem. Kick-start your career in the trades in our Pre-Employment Plumber program. Specifically designed for those who are not yet employed in the plumbing trade, the Pre-Employment Plumber trades training program provides the first year of the Alberta Apprenticeship Plumber curriculum as well as various safety certificates.

Trades employers are reluctant to hire employees with no experience, but you can enhance your chances in our Pre-Employment Plumber trades training program. Through a mix of theoretical and hands-on training, our Pre-Employment Plumber program prepares you to write the first-year Alberta Apprenticeship Electrical exam.

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Career Opportunities

When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll be prepared for such positions as:

  • journeyman plumber
  • supervisor
  • estimator
  • business owner

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upon successful completion of the Pre-Employment Plumber program you’ll be ready to write the First Period Plumber Apprenticeship exam



September or January


12 weeks

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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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.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Employment Plumber program is delivered on campus through an apprenticeship-style training but may have some blended and hyflex components.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.


This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Upon successful completion of The Pre-Employment Plumbing program, you will:

  • be prepared to write the First Period Alberta Apprenticeship Examination.
  • be prepared to be employed within the Plumbing industry in Alberta.
  • have learned valuable employability skills including cover letter and resume writing, and interview skills.
  • obtain a Letter of Recognition.


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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

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