If your lifelong dream has been to work with pipes and fix leaks, you have come to the right place. There is a satisfaction in knowing you have completed a job correctly and to the best of your ability. The plumbing industry is ideal for those who like to work with their hands and have a knack for fixing problems. If you are interested in becoming a plumber, here are some steps to follow to reach that career here in Canada.
1) Complete Your Plumbing Education.
To be taken on as an apprentice, you must complete at least four years of secondary school. Although you can complete this in any area, mathematics is suggested, as it is used throughout your future plumbing career, such as calculating how much pipe is needed for a project. You may also have to complete a post secondary part of training.
2) Find an Employer.
The next step is to find someone who will take on a new apprentice. You can either go to a local company that you are interested in and apply there, or go through a union. You may also want to apply to more than one plumbing company so that you have the best chance of being hired. You will then sign an apprenticeship or training contract.
3) Get the Knowledge.
Once you have found someone to apprentice with, you must then complete 9,000 hours, or about 4-1/2 years, of both classroom and on-the-job training. About 80 per cent of the time you will learn about practical skills related to plumbing, all under the direction of a qualified plumber.
4) Receive Your Plumbing Certification.
Take the Certification of Qualification examination and pass with at least 70 per cent. This certification tests your knowledge of codes and how to run many different plumbing systems. Some provinces consider this certification voluntary, but it should be completed in any case as some employers require it before they will make you a job offer.
5) Pass the Plumbing Exam.
The last step is to take the Red Seal Plumbing Exam, which is given by the CCDA, or the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship. Once you pass this exam, you will be able to work in any of Canada’s provinces or territories without having to recertify yourself. To prepare for this exam, you can request a copy of the National Occupational Analysis which includes all the tasks that you will have to complete.
These steps will help you on your road to becoming a licensed plumber in Canada. Once you complete your apprenticeship and take the Certification of Qualification and Red Seal Plumbing Exams, you will be able to hire on with a plumbing company. Good luck!
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