Plumbing & HVAC Apprentice Contests

For thirty plumbing and HVAC apprentices, the Foundation’s national plumbing and HVAC apprentice contests are a chance to shine. These once-a-year events set the top apprentices from across the nation to work on a test of their skills, knowledge and accuracy. Plumbing apprentices must rough-in a bathroom – including the drain, waste and vent lines, a toilet, a sink and shower. HVAC apprentices must demonstrate their knowledge with a written test, plus their hands-on skills with brazing, pressure testing, refrigerant recovery and diagnosing & repairing a package unit system.

The contests take place on the tradeshow floor during PHCC CONNECT, allowing the event attendees to watch the contestants’ progress (and cheer for their hometown favorite).

Besides offering apprentices a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on a national stage, the contests support the Foundation’s mission by helping to generate awareness for local apprenticeship programs, boosting interest in the fields of plumbing and HVAC and attracting new recruits to the industry.

Eligibility
The contests are open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th year plumbing and HVAC apprentices. Contestants continue to be eligible if they have completed their program within the current calendar year.

Apprentices who have previously competed in our contest and placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd cannot compete again. All contestants must be endorsed/certified by a PHCC Local/State Chapter or the United Association.

Frequently Asked Questions – Learn how to register a contestant, travel details and more.

Plumbing Tools List – A preliminary list of tools contestants will need to bring for the Plumbing Contest.

HVAC Tools List – A preliminary list of tools contestants will need to bring for the HVAC Contest.

PHCC Contests Schedule – A downloadable version of the preliminary schedule for the contestants.

2019 PHCC Plumbing and HVAC Apprentice Contests
(Tentative Schedule)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Time: 4:30-5:30 PM (required)
Location: Indianapolis Convention Center, Hall B
Event: Contestant Orientation – Meet your Committee members
Notes: You will receive tools that will need to be charged overnight.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 7:00-5:00 PM (required)
Location: Indianapolis Convention Center, Hall B
Event: Plumbing & HVAC Apprentice Contests, Day 1

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM (optional)
Location: Indianapolis Convention Center, Hall B
Event: CONNECT ’19 Opening Reception

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM (required)
Location: Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 10 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
Event: Apprentice Contest Dinner

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 7:00-5:00 PM (required)
Location: Indianapolis Convention Center, Hall B
Event: Plumbing & HVAC Apprentice Contests, Day 2
Notes: The evening/dinner is on your own.

Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM (required)
Location: Indianapolis Convention Center, Hall B
Event: Apprentice Contest Teardown
What to Bring: Work Gloves (optional)
Notes: No breakfast provided. You will get dirty.

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM (required)
Location: Westin, Indianapolis, Grand Ballroom 4-5
Event: PHCC Awards Luncheon
What to Wear: Business Casual (no hats, please!)
Notes: You are permitted to leave at the conclusion of the Awards Luncheon.

Important Note: Contestants are required to participate in all activities above unless they are listed as optional. Contestants who do not participate in all required activities will not finish among the top three and will be ineligible for the prize packages. In addition, contestants who fail to participate in all required activities may be billed for their expenses by their sponsoring organizations and the PHCC Educational Foundation and will forfeit their sponsorships.

PHCC EF will provide hotel accommodations Tuesday through Thursday. If you plan to the attend closing ceremonies, which are held Friday evening, please be sure to update your hotel reservation with Foundation staff.

Apprentices must apply in advance to compete and registration may be limited to state-level competition winners.

There is a contestant registration fee, but thanks to our sponsors, verified contestants receive substantial assistance in covering travel costs to get to the event, plus prizes and other rewards.

To get complete information on registering an apprentice, please see the form linked below.

Registration Form

Becoming a sponsor of our Apprentice Contests is an excellent way to reach the next generation of skilled workers. There are a variety of options available, from prize donations to headline sponsorships.

Download Sponsorship Form

Request Additional Sponsorship Info

For PHCC chapters interested in running a plumbing or HVAC apprentice contest, here is some helpful information to get started.

DIY Apprentice Contests Guides

Plumbing and HVAC Contest ponsors