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Plumbing Apprenticeship

Plumbing Apprenticeship

Nomanzi Plumbing School has enrolled in the training of young apprentice plumbers (aged 16 – 25). The key benefit of the plumbing apprenticeship programme is its work placement. We conduct all the required paperwork to ensure the apprentice and the employers have a mutually beneficial working relationship. Plumbing apprentices get the benefit of on-the-job training, while employers get the benefits of an apprentice without any of the stress or administrative responsibility.

Located in Pretoria, Nomanzi Plumbing School is continuously looking for employers to take on our enthusiastic young apprentices. Alternatively, if you already have someone working for your company then we may be able to fully or part-fund their training to achieve their qualifications. We have a range of delivery options including part-time, full-time training or a combination of both.

The course facilitators and assessors are registered and qualified training professionals.
Please contact Nomanzi Plumbing School if you are an employer and looking for plumbing apprentices.

Programme start dates.

You can start your apprenticeship in January or June each year. Classes are from Mondays to Fridays between 07:30 to 13:00.

Examination information.

You will write three examinations in this course.

Assessment information.

There are three supervised summative assessments in this course.

Accreditation information:

Status: 1 Year of in-house practical training and assistance with work placement to gain 3 years of plumbing work experience.
Reward: You will receive a certificate of attendance after passing all three phases of the course. Once you have 3-years of work experience you can return for your trade test at Nomanzi Trade College in Cape Town or Pretoria.

Entry requirements:

Completion of Grade 9.
The ability to read and write in English.
You must be 16 years or older. Plumbing apprenticeship online application.

Plumbing Apprenticeship – Cost and Content

The price of the 187-day plumbing apprenticeship course is R51 500. You can arrange to pay the course fees over a 10-month period. The course fee includes the plumbing curriculum theory textbook and your personal logbook (portfolio of evidence). There are three phases in this course. Each phase has a theoretical and practical component followed by an assessment.

What will you learn in the plumbing apprenticeship programme?

Plumbing Phase 1 | Theory 15 days, Practical 21 days, Phase test 8 days

  • Induction.
  • Orientation.
  • Introduction to the Building Industry.
  • Safety and loss control.
  • Elementary first aid.
  • Erect and dismantle scaffolding.
  • Interpret basic drawings.
  • Mark out and cut sheet metal.
  • Mark out, rivet and solder sheet metal.
  • Fit GMS (galvanised mild steel) gutters and rain water pipes.
  • Fabricate and fit GMS (galvanised mild steel) VP flashing.

Plumbing Phase 2 | Theory 14 days, Practical 44 days, Phase test 8 days

  • Induction
  • Fabricate and fit GMS (galvanised mild steel) chimney flashing.
  • Fabricate a box gutter stop end.
  • Arc weld basic components.
  • Cut, thread, and assemble GMS (galvanised mild steel) pipe-work.
  • Cut, bend, and assemble copper pipe-work.
  • Repairs and alterations to existing GMS (galvanised mild steel) pipe-work.
  • Repairs and alterations to existing copper pipe-work.
  • Install a push-through geyser.
  • Install a high-pressure geyser.
  • Install an indirect system of cold-water supply (storage cistern).
  • Install underground cold-water reticulation.
  • Firefighting installations.
  • Repairs to and maintenance of taps, valves, and cocks.

Plumbing Phase 3 | Theory 15 days, Practical 42 days, Phase test 15 days

  • Induction.
  • Recognition and installations of soil and waste systems.
  • Install a sink.
  • Install a wash basin.
  • Install a bath.
  • Install a bidet.
  • Install a shower.
  • Install a water closet pedestal (toilet).
  • Install a urinal (wall hung).
  • Recognition of below-ground drainage systems.
  • Set out and determine levels.
  • Install a below-ground drainage system.
  • Build a manhole to benching height (brick).
  • Build a manhole to benching height (concrete ring).
  • Removal of blockages from and repairs to waste, soil and drain pipes.
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