PHCC Georgia to offer apprentice program

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Recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) of Georgia, has received approval to run a Plumbing course for apprentices.

The PHCC GA Academy Apprenticeship Program offer the individual a chance to “earn while you learn.”  The program combines classroom training courses with on-the-job training.  This method of education allows individuals to combine real life experiences with applied knowledge. Students are employed by contractor sponsors who provide on-the-job experience.

The four year Apprenticeship Program gives trainees a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the plumbing trade.   PHCC GA Academy students are “federally registered” as apprentices when they are enrolled in the training program.  The program requires 160 hours of related classroom instruction per year.  Classroom subjects include drafting and blueprint reading, mathematics, safety, state plumbing codes and regulations.

The plumbing-heating-cooling industry is currently lacking the necessary skilled labor to supply all facets of work in progress.  Without training, this problem will only increase.

The PHCC is helping secure the industry’s future.  The contractor will be a more competitive force, and the community will benefit from improved quality of finished work. Business owners and consumers recognize the value to of skilled plumbing-heating-cooling professionals and look for the PHCC logo first.

Additionally, PHCC GA Academy has received approval to run an online Plumbing Apprenticeship course.  This eLearning course allows students who work and live outside the classroom areas, to finish their schooling and work towards becoming licensed contractors.

Enrollment for the 2015 Plumbing 101 August semester is currently open for students.  Students will attend class one evening per week, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 39 weeks.  For optimal learning, class size is limited to 20 students. The training program employs industry professionals as instructors.  Classes will be held in Metro-Atlanta and Macon, Georgia.  Applications for classroom instruction or eLearning are available at

For enrollment and pricing questions for either program, contact Ellen Whitaker at (678) 947-3473 or
About the PHCC GA Academy

The Plumbing & Mechanical Association of Georgia, (PMA) is the oldest state construction trade association and the premier organization for the plumbing profession.  PMA created the PHCC GA Academy in 2014 to provide training for a 4-yr apprenticeship program.

Since 1892, PMA has been the industry leader in promotion, advancement, education, and training and is dedicated to protecting the health and comfort of the public by promoting industry education and improving integrity.  PMA is affiliated with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC). Formed in 1883, PHCC-National Association is the oldest construction trade association in the country, with more than 3,500 contractor members and 75,000 technicians.

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