The ABC Plumbing Apprenticeship Program is a Registered Department of Labor (DOL) program leading to licensure as a Journeyman Plumber in the State of Texas. Apprentices work full-time during the day for a sponsoring plumbing company under the supervision of a Journeyman Plumber and attend classes two evenings a week for four years. The work hours fulfill the DOL and Texas State licensure requirement of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT), and the class hours fulfill the DOL and Texas State licensure requirement of 656 instructional hours.

Apprentices who complete these requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training as well as the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and are eligible to sit for the Texas State Journeyman Plumbing licensure examination.

CURRICULUM & TRAINING

Plumbing Year 1-Class Hours—164; OJT Hours—2,000

Introduction to plumbing safety, tools, math, drawings, fittings, tubing, fixtures, introduction to water distribution systems and drain, waste, and vent systems.

Plumbing Year 2-Class Hours—164; OJT Hours—2,000

Plumbing math, commercial drawings, DWV piping, installing roof, floor, and area drains, valves, water supply piping, electricity, water heaters, and fuel gas systems.

Plumbing Year 3-Class Hours—164; OJT Hours—2,000

Applied math, water supply piping, water treatment, backflow, venting DWV and storm systems, pumps, and compressed air.

Plumbing Year 4-Class Hours—164; OJT Hours—2,000

Mobile homes, travel trailers, swimming pools and hot tubs, private water disposal systems and water supply well systems, serving systems, fixtures, and appliances, codes, hydronic and solar heating systems, indirect and special waste, water pressure booster and recirculation systems, crew leader skills, and business principles for plumbers.