Continuing education classes are conducted between September and June. Call 732‑257‑3300 extension 1925 for more information.
Plumbing Trades Courses:
Apprenticeship, Customized Training, Trade & Industry, and Adult Certificate Programs* Are Available
*Courses are approved by the NJ State Department of Education, align with the Office of Apprenticeship of the US Department of Labor standards, and meet the Plumbing Apprenticeship Law requirements.
Candidates for the Master Plumber Licensing Examination
As of November 2, 2002, applicants for licensing must complete a registered Apprenticeship as cited in the following excerpt of the “Applicant Advisory”. Application to take the Master Plumber License exam and the administration of the test are under the auspices of the NJ State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers located in Newark, NJ. Information about eligibility and assessment of occupational experience is to be requested of the licensing Board.
This board licenses and regulates master plumbers in New Jersey. Inquiries or complaints can be forwarded to: Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers, P.O. Box 45008, Newark, NJ 07101, (973) 504‑6420.
Qualifications Change on November 2, 2002
An applicant for the master plumber’s examination, qualifying with four (4) years of experience gained while working under the supervision of a Licensed Master Plumber, with or without some Apprenticeship training gained through an accredited Apprenticeship program which has been approved by both the United States Department of Labor and a federally certified state agency, who also has experience working as a journeyman plumber for one year, should make application for the master plumber’s examination today. On November 2, 2002, the requirements to qualify for the master plumber’s examination will change. If you are qualifying under the current requirements detailed above, you must APPLY and be APPROVED by the State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers to take the master plumber’s examination by the end of the day on November 1, 2002.
Commencing November 2, 2002, applicants for the master plumber’s examination may only qualify to take the examination if they have successfully completed a four (4) year accredited Apprenticeship program which has been approved by both the United States Department of Labor and a federally certified state agency, and gained one additional year of experience working as a journeyman plumber. Qualifying with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical, plumbing or sanitary engineering from a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation agency recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation or the United States Department of Education, with one full year of practical hands-on experience as a journeyman plumber, will remain the same after November 1, 2002.
State of New Jersey, DEPARTMENT OF LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY, DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF MASTER PLUMBERS, 124 HALSEY STREET, 6TH FLOOR, NEWARK, NJ [Internet - 9/17/02]
Registered with the United States Department of Labor, the New Jersey State Department of Education, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Apprentices are trained on-the-job and attend post secondary RTI courses at an educational institution.
To enroll in Apprentice classes, an applicant must be employed on a full time basis and be sponsored by either a NJ Licensed Master Plumber or a trade union.
Individuals seeking to become non-union Apprentices need to secure employment by a non-union New Jersey Licensed Master Plumber.
Trade union Apprentices must be referred by the local union Apprenticeship Coordinator to the educational institution.
The County Apprenticeship Coordinator must approve all courses taken through non-union sponsors in advance.
Trade Union Apprentice courses are pre-approved.
At a minimum, an Apprentice is to complete 144 hours of classroom instruction per year during the Apprenticeship, which is four to five years in duration.
The County Apprenticeship Coordinator customizes a Course Array to meet the RTI component and Sponsor needs.
Individuals can neither be Apprenticed in more than one job classification nor by more than one Sponsor.
Once the applicant has secured a Sponsor, RTI coursework is available through the County Apprenticeship Coordinator.
Prior on-the-job training or occupational experience cannot be substituted for required coursework.
For further information, contact your County Apprenticeship Coordinator. In Middlesex County contact:
Dawn M. Lystad, Middlesex CAC
c/o Middlesex County Adult Technical Schools
112 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-257-3300 extension 1924
Middlesex County Adult Technical Schools (MCATS) offers related instruction training for United States Department of Labor registered Apprenticeships in the Plumbing Trades.
Fees for books, course registration, and materials fees for standard Apprentice Related Technical Instruction classes:
An Apprentice is assigned two to three classes per week, each of which meet three hours between 6:30pm and 10:00pm, one night per week for approximately 25 weeks thru June.
An Apprentice does not register for courses, rather, the County Apprenticeship Coordinator, at the Annual Mandatory Apprentices Meeting conducted before Labor Day (see Evening School Calendar), assigns courses, which begin in the first week of September each year.
East Brunswick and Piscataway campuses are used although assignment is determined by location of course.
The Sponsor is sent reports as to the Apprentice’s school attendance and grades, given all financial obligations are met.
An Apprentice registers and pays for courses per instructions in the Assignment Letter issued at the Annual Mandatory Apprentices Meeting conducted before Labor Day (see Evening School Calendar).