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Plumbing Apprenticeship


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NWACC's plumbing apprenticeship program provides a hands-on educational experience by combining classroom instruction and on-the-job training. 

To participate in the plumbing apprenticeship program, you will first need to be at least 16 years of age (with parental permission), employed with a company, and placed under the supervision of another employee who holds a master plumbing license in the state of Arkansas.

Upon registering for this program, you will gain an apprenticeship license issued by the state of Arkansas.

NWACC's program lasts four years, or 640 hours of instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Classes are held one night per week for four hours and begin in July and are in session through May.

Upon completion, you will be eligible to take the Arkansas Journeyman Plumbing Exam.

 

Courses & Duration

  • GED or high school diploma
  • Students must be 16 years of age (with parental permission)
  • Employed with a company, and placed under the supervision of another employee who holds a master plumbing license in the state of Arkansas.

The plumbing apprenticeship program lasts four years, or 640 hours of instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Classes are held one night per week for four hours and begin in July and are in session through May.

1st Year Initial AR Apprentice License

  • Upon entry into the plumbing apprenticeship program, apprentices will receive an plumbing apprenticeship license form.
  • Upon completion of the form, the apprentice must return the application to the NWACC apprenticeship office. DO NOT MAIL this form to Little Rock.
  • Once received and the fees are paid, an apprentice license will be ordered from the Department of Health, and will be mailed to the address of the apprentice.

*Please note, a copy of Program Registration (US DOL ETA 671) form will serve as a temporary license until receipt of license from the state of Arkansas

*Please notify the NWACC apprenticeship office of address changes and employer changes to ensure that licenses have accurate information and are sent to the right address.

Renewal AR Apprentice License

  • Renewals are sent to the NWACC apprenticeship office. Upon renewal notice, the renewal will be sent to the class and handed to the apprentice.
  • Apprentices will receive a notice of renewal in late December or early January.
  • The Department of Health will mail the notice. It is the responsibility of the apprentice to pay their renewal fee each year.
  • Upon renewal, the license will be mailed back to the NWACC apprenticeship office and delivered to class.
  • Should a license expire, the apprentice must notify the NWACC apprenticeship office. Reinstatement of license can only be done through this office.

 *Please notify the NWACC apprenticeship office of address changes and employer changes to ensure that licenses have accurate information and are sent to the right address.

Completion of Apprenticeship

  • Arkansas Journeyman Plumber
    Upon completion of both of the following 640 class hours AND 8,000 OJT hours, apprentices have the option of applying to test for Arkansas Journeyman Plumber license.
    Satisfaction of 640 class hours and 8,000 OJT hours automatically completes the US DOL Registered Apprenticeship for Plumbing and awards a US DOL credential recognized across the US.

 

AR Plumbing Licensing Information