Plumbing Programs and Requirements
- Technical skills
- Physically fit
- Mathematic abilities
- Hand-eye coordination
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Ability to work independently
- Good mobility
- Colour vision
Personalities Suited to Plumbing Apprenticeships
In order to become a Plumber Apprentice it is important that you are interested in practical work, are able to work at heights and in various weather conditions. You should be technically minded and interested in how devices work as well as have a willingness to explore and understand the mechanics of the things around you.
Plumbing apprenticeships for School Leavers
You may easily be employed as a plumbing apprentice if you have left school, getting paid as you work and train with a professional.
Plumbing Apprenticeships for Adults
There are many opportunities for adults to embark on a plumbing apprenticeship. There are incentives available by the government in support of plumbing apprenticeships for adults. As well, adults may require less training, based on what they have experienced in the past.
The salary for all plumbing apprenticeships is determined according to the relevant industry award. You can find the award for the apprenticeship you’re interested in by clicking here.
An example of the average minimum weekly rate for a plumbing apprentice might be:
- first six months $274
- next year $358
- 21 years or older $488
However, some variation needs to be allowed for depending on competency level, previous training and age.
Future Earning Potential
Once qualified and following the completion of a plumbing apprenticeship, plumbers can generally expect to make around $41000 to $80000 per year.
Many opportunities exist for plumbers to run their own business and in fact, plumbers who run their own business can often earn more than Business Executives and University Graduates.
Many plumbing apprenticeship opportunities are available including technical sales representatives, building supervisors, plumbing inspectors, technical teachers, estimators, and many more.