So you want to be a plumber?
A guide to plumbing apprenticeships
- Learn the benefits of a plumbing trade qualification
- Get advice on how to find an employer
- Prepare for your apprenticeship
What does a plumber do?
Every day we enjoy the benefits of plumbing as part of our modern lives. Luxuries such as the safe drinking water that flows from our taps, the warm water we enjoy in our showers, the removal and treatment of our sewerage, and the gas we use to cook our food and heat our home, are all a result of the work of plumbers. Plumbers install, repair and maintain the systems that ensure these facilities and luxuries are accessible for us all.
Why should I be a plumber?
A trade qualification in plumbing can offer an exciting and prosperous career with many different areas to specialise in, including water and drainage, gas fitting, sanitary and hydraulic plumbing. It can also provide you with work opportunities while you travel.
Where can a plumbing apprenticeship take me?
A plumbing apprenticeship can be a springboard to a wide range of career pathways. It could kick-start your career as a:
- licensed tradesperson (self-employed, be your own boss)
- hydraulic design consultant
- plumbing inspector or regulator
- project manager/estimator
- trade teacher
What makes a good plumber?
Personal attributes that make a good plumber include:
- good communication skills and a positive attitude
- good problem solving skills
- a preference for working outdoors and using your hands
- the ability to work to a high standard and take pride in your work
- the ability to work well on your own and in team environment
- an understanding of the need for safe work practices
How do I find an employer?
- Contact Master Plumbers ACT
- Contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider
- Look for job vacancy ads
- Advertise your intention for an apprenticeship at local plumbing supply stores
- Ask around, chat to people who are in industry, visit some sites or workshops and introduce yourself
How do I make a good impression?
Offer a resume with your personal information, education, employment history and personal attributes. Be confident and well-presented, make good eye contact and have a positive can-do attitude. Research the industry, the employer's company, the position requirements, and sell your strengths and positive attributes accordingly.
How does an apprenticeship work?
CIT and an Australian Apprenticeship Network Provider can assist you in your endeavour to become a qualified plumber.
An apprenticeship is a training agreement between the employer and apprentice and is usually for a three to four year period. The training agreement includes practical on-the-job experience where the apprentice is provided opportunities in the workplace to work with a tradesperson to develop skills relevant to industry. The apprentice's employment is supported by structured off-the-job training with a registered training organisation (RTO) like CIT, where the apprentice studies and develops the skills identified by the national plumbing training package.
Find out more about apprenticeships.