TQAA, Compulsory Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Install, repair, and maintain pipes, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and wastewater disposal in new construction or existing residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • Install the piping for any process, including the conveyance of gas, or any tubing for a pneumatic or air-handling system
  • Read and understand design drawings, manufacturer's literature and installation diagrams for piping and connected appliances

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may work outside at various times of the year and experience a considerable range of environmental and olfactory conditions
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are in good physical condition and are able to carry materials and fixtures
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Small, medium and large companies employ plumbers on a variety of projects
  • Some plumbers and companies specialize in either the residential, commercial, industrial or institutional sector
  • Some large industries employ maintenance plumbers
  • Many plumbers have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, most employers and unions require Grade 12 with courses in Mathematics and Physics
  • Completion of a 5 year apprenticeship program at 1,800 hours per year
  • If you have completed 9,000 hours but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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