Application Process

The Washington D.C. Joint Plumbing Apprentice Committee accepts applications year round and must be submitted online by following the link below.


  • You must be 17 years of age at the time of application and 18 years of age when assigned to work upon acceptance.


Once you have applied online, the following documents must be mailed or brought in person to the Local 5 Training Facility located at 5000 Forbes Boulevard Lanham, MD 20706:

  • Birth Certificate or Passport

  • Valid Driver’s License or Valid State issued identification card

  • High School Diploma or GED CertificateList Title

  • Transcript of Grades (sealed school envelope or raised school seal) or GED Test Scores

  • If you have a transcript from another country, you must have your Embassy verify in writing that it is equivalent to U.S. High School standards.

Once all required documentation is received, you will be notified of our next exam dates once they are established. All required documents must be on file to receive an exam date.

A $50.00 non-refundable test fee is due upon scheduling your exam date. Applicants will be required to take a computer-based exam at the Local 5 Training Facility followed by an interview. There is no study guide at the time.

All applicants invited to participate in the Apprenticeship Program must take and pass a drug test prior to enrolling in the Apprenticeship Program. A failed drug test will result in the invitation to participate in the Apprenticeship Program being rescinded.  In addition, once enrolled in the Apprenticeship Program, criminal background checks may be performed on apprentices as required by their employer or the location where they are assigned to work.  A criminal background check that reveals a conviction for a felony may result in the loss of work opportunities and possible removal from the Apprenticeship Program.

The Committee selects students of any race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Apprentice Committee is actively recruiting applicants including minorities and females.

Looking to get started in the trade?

The Helper Program is a great way to begin working and gain on-the-job experience. To apply for the Helper Program, contact Tony Solis at the Local 5 Union Hall (301) 899-7861 ext. 1021