Is Plumbing the Trade for You?

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The plumbing program at Laurel Ridge Community College Workforce Solutions provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to apply for entry-level positions or apprenticeship positions with a variety of companies. Whether you are new to the trade or an experienced professional, build your skills and start your journey to a successful career in the trades.

These programs are designed as hybrid training models to suit the busy lifestyles of our students. Hybrid training is a combination of online training and live classroom/lab training. It uses the NCCER (National Center for Construction and Education Research) curriculum which provides valuable standardized and portable national credentials that are helpful for students when seeking employment and/or building their careers with an employer.

This program meets the requirements for a state-registered apprenticeship but does not place you into a state-registered apprenticeship, which is between a student and an employer.

Want to read a little more about the plumbing trade? Check out our blog that talks about The Not-So-Dirty Truth About Becoming a Plumber.

What Does a Job in Plumbing Typically Look Like?

Watch this short video to learn more.

Employment Outlook

Click here to view local salary and job market information. You may also watch a short video about how plumbing is an in-demand career.

Classes Enrolling Now

OJT: 8,000 hrs (4yrs) and Classroom: 576 hrs (Plumbing Levels 1-4)

Available Funding Options

The apprenticeship programs are FastForward programs and are also eligible for the G3 scholarship. Eligible residents who have been living in Virginia for at least one year may qualify for FastForward and pay only one-third of the cost of tuition. Since these are also G3 programs, you may be eligible for last-dollar funding, bringing your total tuition to $0. Please review the G3 information page, which outlines income qualifications and if you think you qualify or if you have any questions, please contact our operations team at 540-868-7021 to get registered.

Additional financial assistance, grant funding, and Sallie Mae loans are available here for eligible students.

Student Handbooks and Safety Manual

If you are considering a trades career training program, you will want to see our available handbooks pages below to help you prepare for an upcoming course. All handbooks are subject to change based on the needs of the program.

Local Registered Apprenticeship Representatives

Registered Apprenticeship is an employment training option that meets the needs of employers, career seekers, and communities. Apprenticeship is an opportunity to get on-the-job training from highly skilled experts in your field of choice. To inquire about local registered apprenticeship opportunities connect with the contacts below. 

Todd Cook, Apprenticeship Consultant
Contact him at [email protected]  or  (540) 248-9280 Ext. 25
Counties served with Apprenticeship include:
Albemarle, Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Culpeper, Fluvanna,  Greene, Highland, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, City of Charlottesville.

Miguel Granillo-CordovaApprenticeship Consultant
Contact her at [email protected] or  (703) 392-0900 Ext. 108
Counties served with Apprenticeship include:
Fauquier, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford. Cities of Alexandria, Fredericksburg

Marco Pineda, Apprenticeship Consultant
Contact him at [email protected] or (540) 784-4438
Counties served to include:
Clark, Culpeper, Frederick, Loudon, Madison, Page, Rappahannock, Warren, City of Winchester