CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Cape May County Technical School District will offer an adult Plumbing Registered Apprenticeship training program starting Sept. 11.
The apprenticeship training is a four-year program designed for working plumbers who want to take the master plumber’s exam. Participants must be employed in the trade, and complete 144 hours of classroom instruction each year. Unemployed plumbers may be able to start classes, but it is best to be employed while in the program since participants will also have on-the-job requirements.
Laura Elston, supervisor of adult education at Cape Tech, said plumbers must complete a registered apprenticeship training program to be eligible for the test, but those programs can be difficult to find. She said unions also offer the program, but not all plumbers are in a union shop.
She said the program would appeal to someone who wants to start their own business, or take over the family business and needs a master plumber’s license to do so.
Elston said classes will be held twice a week in the evenings and will cover topics that include math, first aid and CPR, plumbing code, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. All graduates will receive the Registered Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor certifying them eligible for the master plumber’s exam.
She said right now this is the only session of the training program planned, so any plumber considering getting the master’s license should consider registering. Tuition is $320 per semester.
For more information, contact Cape Tech’s Adult/Post-Secondary Education Office at 609-465-2161, ext. 633.
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