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What is Involved in a Plumbing Apprenticeship?

Posted on: May 10, 2013

Illinois Plumbing Consultants provides information for plumbing professionals as well as those who are wondering how to become a plumber. We maintain an apprenticeship program for residents of Crystal Lake, IL, and the surrounding areas who are considering a career in plumbing. Working side-by-side with a licensed plumber is the best way for future plumbers to get the experience they need for a successful career. Our program meets all plumbing apprenticeship requirements and covers the following topics:

  • First Aid and Safety
  • Illinois Application of Codes and Standards
  • Illinois License Law
  • Illinois Licensing Exam Preparation
  • Practical Application of Codes and Standards
  • Practical Assembly

Comprehensive Classroom Instruction Combined with Hands-On Training

The instructors at Illinois Plumbing Consultants are passionate about their trade and enjoy direct interaction with students. Registered students will learn professional tips as well as insider information that will give them an edge in an increasingly competitive industry. Our plumbing instructors cover each of the above six areas in-depth and ensure student understanding before moving on to the next topic.

Joseph and Dave, the two long-term instructors at Illinois Plumbing Consultants, don’t just lecture students on codes and regulations from a book. They work one-on-one with each student to apply the information to real-life plumbing situations. In addition to meeting plumbing apprenticeship requirements, this useful combination of classroom lecture and hands-on experience helps student know what to anticipate on the Illinois State Licensing Exam.

Fees and Materials Required for Our Plumbing Apprenticeship Program

Our plumber apprenticeship programs is one of the most affordable career training programs in the Crystal Lake, IL, area and beyond. It is just $700 per semester or $1,300 for the entire year to complete our plumbing training program. This is at least $100 less than similar programs at nearby community and technical colleges. Students also need to invest approximately $40 for an Illinois Plumbing Code book and can expect to incur fees for additional books and supplies throughout the training program.

To be licensed as a plumber apprentice, incoming students must first obtain a sponsor. Illinois Plumbing Consultants is unable to act in this role. Plumbing students also need a sponsor before they can apply for a license. We provide all licensing information to students during the first several class session.

Prepare for the State Exam with a Practice Plumbing Test

Illinois Plumbing Consultants holds periodic mock plumbing tests to help students prepare for the actual exam. It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions in the following topics:

  • Cast Iron
  • Copper
  • Drawing
  • Practical
  • PVC

Students are required to provide their own tools and pre-register for the exam. We recommend waiting until the third or fourth year of the apprenticeship to complete the mock plumbing test.

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John Bertram

John Bertram has been in the plumbing industry since 1985. He has worked in both commercial and residential shops for over twenty years, and John has been a plumbing inspector since 2005.

Rick Sperando

Rick Sperando has been in the plumbing industry for over 35 years. He successfully owns and operates a local plumbing and mechanical company as well as IPC.

Scott Underwood

Scott Underwood brings over 20 years of industry experience along with 10 years of instruction. He currently holds his IL Plumbers License as well as his CCCDI license. Scott is currently a co-owner of a successful plumbing company in McHenry County.

Guy Curtis Smale

My duties as the City of McHenry plumbing inspector include plan review of all new plumbing work as well remodeling projects, inspection of all plumbing being installed or repaired in the City as well as the Village of Prairie Grove, property maintenance issues related to the State Plumbing Code, working with the County Health Dept.

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