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PHCCLA is proud to provide an the apprenticeship program approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT).  This program is overseen by the Louisiana State Department of Labor to prepare prospective plumbing professionals for state regulated testing and licensing.  The following information provides an overview of the program, including qualifications for the program, information about schools, and the application process. Questions may be submitted to or by calling (225) 343-2776.



New Rule effective January 1, 2017

Please be reminded that beginning January 1, 2017, the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana will no longer accept vouchers attesting to your work in the plumbing trades and your qualifications to take the journeyman license examination. Beginning January 1, 2017 all applicants for the journeyman plumbing license will have to  have successfully completed a 4 year apprenticeship program which has been approved by the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana.


Qualifications for Apprenticeship

Applicants accepted and registered as apprentices shall meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Age: Shall be at least 16 years of age at the time of entry in the program, unless state or local laws and applicable regulations supersede such minimum age requirement.
  2. Physical: Shall be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.
  3. Education: A high school diploma or GED equivalency is recommended. Applicants who do not posses one of the recommended documents must demonstrate suitable capability through a math entrance exam to maintain the established pace of the instructional program.
  4. Employment: Shall be employed by an approved plumbing-heating-cooling contracting company and employment as an apprenticeship must meet the program's ratio of apprentices to journey walkers.
  5. Previous Experience: Credit may be granted to new applicants who demonstrate previous acquisition of skills or knowledge equivalent to that which would be received under the apprenticeship program.  This credit may be no greater than the equivalent of four semesters.

In addition, apprentices must be employed by a member company at all times during the enrollment period.


PHCCLA, during the recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices, shall act without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. PHCCLA takes affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and operates the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, as amended.


Program Requirements

  • Apprentices shall be employed under the supervision of a journey worker at all times and the hours of work and other conditions shall be the same as for the journey workers within the workforce doing comparable work.
  • The term of the apprenticeship shall be a period of approximately 8000 hours of employment and training on the job, supplemented by the required hours of related instruction.  (click here for work experience requirements)
  • A minimum of 144 hours per year (72 per semester) of instruction time is required.  These hours are considered separate from on-the-job work hours. (click here for instruction outline)
  • Apprentices should maintain satisfactory attendance and grade levels to continue in the program.
  • Apprentices should maintain a record of work experience and training on the job.  PHCCLA will provide log books for this record-keeping.
  • The ratio of apprentices to journey workers shall not exceed one apprentice to one journey worker.  Thereafter, one additional apprentice may be added for each three additional journey workers.
  • Wage increases should coincide with on-the-job training and related instruction.

Apprenticeship Schools

PHCCLA currently has physical schools in Houma and Shreveport.  In addition, we offer an eLearning option provided through PHCC Academy.


Houma School 

Houma apprentices attend class once a week on Friday afternoon. 

School: (985) 873-9627;   Jaime Finane, Director


Shreveport School 

Shreveport apprentices attend classes for two full weeks in the semester. 

School: (318) 795-8000;  Michael Smith, Director


Home-Study School  (eLearning)

The home-study program, facilitated by PHCC-National, is a self-disciplined program completed online with progress reports sent to employers and PHCCLA to ensure satisfactory advancement.  Learn more about this program here.


Application Process

Applications for all schools are accepted May 1st - June 1st (to begin Fall semester in July) and November 1st - December 1st (to begin Spring semester in January).  Applications must be submitted through the apprentices' employer.  


The attendance fee is $900/semester.  When enrolling in the Baton Rouge or Shreveport schools, payment will be made directly to the school.  Payment for home-study shall be made to PHCCLA.


Click here to apply online or download an application.

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