How On-The-Job training and Professional Instruction Can Help You Become a Licensed Journey Plumber

Why should I start an apprenticeship program to become a plumber?

Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with related professional instruction. In a four-year period, you complete the required 7500 hours of supervised on-the-job work experience and learn the skills and knowledge that will help you to pass the State Journey test.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the application on this website. A member of the Maryland PHCC staff will be in touch with you promptly to discuss your application and help with enrollment.

When Do I Start Work?

First, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (MPHCC) Apprenticeship Council. After your interview, your name will go into a pool of apprentices and you will be placed in the first available job opening. You can be placed with a sponsoring contractor at any time during the year. The starting wage is 50% of the average Journeyperson’s wage, and you will receive periodic raises while you are in the apprenticeship program. You will work approximately 40 hours per week in order to complete 7500 hours within the four-year period.

When Do I Start School?

With your sponsoring contractor’s approval, you will begin related professional classroom instruction. Classes begin in September and run through May. Classes meet two evenings per week from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Who Sponsors the Program?

The MPHCC sponsors the apprentices, registers apprentices with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (M.A.T.C.), and keeps records on attendance and on-the-job training. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of each school year if a passing grade is achieved