Mar 20, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Apprenticeship Plumber Independent Technology: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 63 credits minimum

Program Website
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Program Description
A plumber is a compulsory licensed craftsman who performs any mechanical work in the installation, maintenance, repair, removal and replacement of water supply and water/liquid waste removal. Plumbers do both interior and exterior work in greatly varying job conditions. To sit for the journeyman exam, an apprentice must complete 576 minimum hours of related instruction and four years and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Application with the State of Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing must be made upon employment. Suggested registration with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training is strongly encouraged, but is optional at the discretion of the employer. This curriculum is articulated statewide through all instructional institutions.

The College provides classroom-related and supplemental instruction for apprenticeship programs. Classes are held in the days, evenings, and Saturdays, depending on the program. The College neither provides on-the-job training nor acts as a sponsor for apprentices. Individuals must locate their own sponsors. For individual industry-sponsored programs, students should contact their employers’ training director or the Apprenticeship Office.

The Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship is the federal registering agency for all Utah programs. For National credentials, students and sponsors need to be registered with the Federal Office of Apprenticeship, 125 South State Street, Suite 2412, Salt Lake City, UT 84138. Sponsors are encouraged to be registered with the Office of Apprenticeship. All plumbers must register with the Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, (801) 530-6628.

Career Opportunities
Apprenticeship students are expected to be employed while participating in related training course work.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who earn an AAS degree in Apprenticeship Plumber Independent Technology have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree. Contact the University Center for current information at or call (801) 957-4824.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Course fees: $112-154

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

Note: Apprenticeship programs are not eligible for financial aid.

Program Entry Requirements
All entering students must demonstrate competence for placement into MATH 0990 , or provide a transcript showing a grade of C or higher in MATH 0920  or completing APPR 1470  with a grade of C or higher before registering for the Plumbing program.

Licensure Information
The Plumber Independent Apprenticeship is designed to prepare students to apply for professional licensure through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL)

Licensure requirements vary state to state. In order to work as a Plumber in another state, students must satisfy that state’s licensure requirements. We recommend that students who are planning to move out of Utah research licensure requirements in other states. Here is one suggested website: License Finder sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Once a student earns a Plumber license in Utah, the student may be eligible for licensure reciprocity in a few other states. More information about licensure reciprocity is available at the National Center for Construction Education & Research website. If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact your academic advisor, or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Studies (QS): PLI 1470

Distribution Areas: choose 1 course from 3 Distribution Areas;  3 courses total.

Program Requirements


PLI students may still be short credit hours after having completed the major course requirements and general education requirements. If so, additional credit hours from one of the distribution areas will be necessary to meet the 63 credit hour minimum for the AAS degree.

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • Apprenticeship Plumber Independent Technology AAS: Full-time  
  • Apprenticeship programs are composed of two parts: (1) on-the-job training is provided by a sponsor who exposes the apprentice to practical applications in all phases of a particular craft; (2) classroom-related instruction is designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge of theoretical and technical aspects of their craft. Total completion of an apprenticeship program will take up to five years, depending upon the craft.

Additional Program Note

A Certificate in Plumbing Independent Technology is also available. For more information about this certificate, contact the Apprenticeship Office, Taylorsville Redwood Campus, CT 274, (801) 957-4066.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Achieve entry-level proficiency in all aspects of plumbing as well as advanced training as work experience is added. [1,2,3,4,7]
  • Be prepared to continue in the workforce having the necessary workplace skills. [2,3,4,6,7]