Plumbing Apprenticeship

Combine Education with Earning Opportunities for an In-Demand Career as a Plumber

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Program Overview

Ready to forge a successful career in a rapidly growing trade? The Plumbing Apprenticeship program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is your key to becoming a skilled plumber. This program combines the 'earn while you learn' model with rigorous training that aligns with Idaho's industry requirements, paving your way toward professional journeyman certification.

You will dive into both practical and theoretical aspects of plumbing, including installation, maintenance, and understanding of plumbing codes. The unique blend of on-the-job training and classroom instruction ensures you gain the comprehensive skills needed in today's plumbing industry. From learning the technicalities of the trade to mastering job site professionalism, this program prepares you to excel in various plumbing settings.

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Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Installation & Maintenance Skills: Acquire hands-on experience in plumbing installation and maintenance.
  • Plumbing Codes & Regulations: Learn to interpret and apply plumbing codes, a crucial skill for professional practice.
  • Blueprint Reading & Interpretation: Develop the ability to read and understand plumbing blueprints and diagrams.
  • Real-World Experience: Gain invaluable on-the-job training in a real-world plumbing environment.
  • Pathway to Certification: Equip yourself for Idaho's journeyman plumbing certification exams and professional growth in the trade.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion




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Career Opportunities

  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

    Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of a building in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; HVAC maintenance; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs. Excludes “Facilities Managers” (11-3013) and “Maintenance Workers, Machinery” (49-9043).


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.


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  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

    Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.


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  • Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

    Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.


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  • Pipelayers

    Lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains. Perform any combination of the following tasks: grade trenches or culverts, position pipe, or seal joints. Excludes “Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers” (51-4121).


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  • Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

    Help plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Construction laborers who do not primarily assist plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers are classified under “Construction Laborers” (47-2061). Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the total estimated cost of the Plumbing Apprenticeship program?

    The cost of the Plumbing Apprenticeship program is $350 per quarter or $1,295 for the full series. 

    Beyond the annual enrollment fee, students should anticipate additional expenses for course materials required throughout the program.

    • Course material fees vary by year.
    • Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.

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  • Are payment options available for Plumbing Apprenticeship students?

    Students in the Plumbing Apprenticeship program have several payment options:

    • Pay for a year series (A, B, C, & D) in full at the time of registration at the discounted price of $1,295.
    • Pay for each of the four, 8-week sessions (A, B, C, & D) individually for $350 a session.
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