The plumbing industry keeps growing, and the only thing missing is you!
Most people don’t play plumber as children, and unless they happen to be born into a family business, they probably don’t imagine growing up to be a plumber, because it’s not exactly the most glamorous business in the world, compared to an astronaut or pro athlete. But, as any grown-up who’s had a plumbing emergency will tell you, plumbers can command a premium for their services. Not to mention the fact that no matter how advanced that we get as a civilization, we will probably never find a better way to deliver water to homes or business, or carry away waste.
If you want to train as a plumber, you’ve come to the right place! The Arkansas Construction Education Foundation was founded in 1994 to address the constantly growing need for trades-persons, and provide quality training to produce a safe, competent and professional workforce for contractors. We currently offer apprenticeships in plumbing, as well as several other skilled trades, including electrical, carpentry, and HVAC repair.
When you start a plumbing apprenticeship, you’re required to be licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health, and complete a four-year program consisting of 640 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be granted a “release to test,” and can submit an application to sit for the journeyman plumber’s exam.
All of our apprenticeship courses are certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, recognized by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, and accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The instructional component of all apprentice programs is based on the NCCER curriculum, which contains both knowledge-based exams and a “hands-on” performance evaluation. Your apprenticeship will involve a combination of rigorous classroom instruction led by some of the most experienced contractors in the industry, and a generous amount of work in the field, gaining valuable on-the-job experience.
For more information on plumbing apprenticeships, or any of our programs at ACEF, contact us online, or at (501) 372-1590.