Plumbing Apprentice (Block Release) [Apprenticeship]

The Plumbing Apprentice program teaches apprentices the ins and out of completing crucial plumbing projects. Apprentices will learn not only how to read and interpret drawings and blueprints to build plans and layouts for jobs, but to diagnose and repair problems using knowledge of the Plumbing Code. Those skills will be used to install, maintain and repair pipes, fixtures and fittings that carry water.


From high-rises, new subdivisions, strip malls, renovated downtown buildings and more, highly specialized plumbers are always in demand to make sure all waterways from pipes, toilets, sinks and more are working correctly and efficiently.

Fanshawe’s Plumbing Apprentice is a block release apprenticeship where students combine paid, on-the-job training from skilled tradespeople, with a full-time, on-campus classroom component from experienced skilled trade instructors. The classroom component includes theoretical training that may take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. Students will learn how to properly repair and maintain plumbing systems. This combination of short-class instruction and hands-on training will give you the right skills needed to become a successful licensed plumber in commercial and industrial settings. In the Plumbing Apprentice program, your classroom knowledge will be put to work in real plumbing situations, making real cash.


This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through Applicants need a sponsor/employer. Your sponsor/employer must register you with:

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Apprenticeship/Client Services
72-1200 Commissioners Road East 
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3 
MLTSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.


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Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Plumbing Apprentice program will have the skills to pursue careers serving a variety of fields, including residential, commercial and industrial construction, maintenance departments, plumbing wholesalers, consulting firms, plumbing retailers or municipalities. Graduates with an entrepreneurial spirit may choose to open their own business. 


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Plumbing Apprentice (Block Release) [Apprenticeship] program:

Journeyman Plumber
Evaluate customer needs, create estimates and install and maintain water systems under the guidance of a master plumber.

Residential Plumber
Specialize in residential new builds, remodels, additions and service.


Install and repair water supply lines, drainage systems and plumbing fixtures in residential and commercial settings.


Learning Outcomes

Level 1


Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Greg Van Bakel

Ontario College Certificate


Level 1 - Basic
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MATH-1010Trade Calculations-Level 12
This course will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and theoretical skills to complete competencies as described in the Apprenticeship In-School Curriculum Standards (Level 1). This includes demonstrating the ability to accurately perform trade related calculations as described in the Standard.
PLUM-1020Workplace Safety, Rigging & Hoisting L11.5
The plumbing apprentice will study the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Particular emphasis will be on dealing with many hazards and the use of personal protective equipment. The apprentice will study rigging in detail.
PLUM-1023Trade Documentation-Level 12
This course will provide an introduction to effective communication between the apprentice and the other construction personnel. This course deals with basic drafting equipment and the basic terminology used in understanding blueprints.
PLUM-1022Tools & Piping Methods-Level 11.5
This course will provide an introduction to the apprentice student with various hand and powertools. The apprentice will learn to join dissimilar materials while constructing piping projectsdisplaying various drains, wastes, and vents and waterline applications.
PLUM-1021Plumbing Systems-Level 17
The apprentice will study all different plumbing materials. Emphasis will then be placed onplumbing terminology and drainage and venting of plumbing systems.
WELD-1001Welding-Level 12
This course will provide an introduction of the safety and basic principals of oxy-acetylenewelding. The student will learn cutting, and to prepare and carry out tacking and beads ofbutt, lap, and T joints.
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