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.

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.

2020 PHCC Plumbing and HVAC Apprentice Contests Schedule
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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.

2020 PHCC Plumbing and HVAC Apprentice Contests Registration Form
(Coming Soon)

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.

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

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