How To Get A Plumbers License

So, you want to become a plumber?  Becoming a plumber is a good career choice as plumbers generally make good salaries well above the national average.  Plumbing is also an evergreen industry - meaning that plumbers are always in demand.  Unlike careers in other fields such as manufacturing, it's not very easy to move plumbing work offshore.  And even during economic downturns when people cut back on spending in other areas of their lives, those broken pipes, clogged toilets, frozen water pipes and leaky faucets still need to be fixed.  Many people in the current economy are considering different career paths and learning how to become a plumber is certainly a viable career path.

So, how to become a plumber?

As with many professions there is a rather well defined career path to becoming a plumber.  Much as you would have to if you wanted to know how to become a firefighter, you must familiarize yourself with the steps involved if you want to know how to become a plumber.

Most states require plumbers to be licensed or certified and some states require membership in a plumbers union.  While state regulations vary from state to state, this should serve as a general guide to plumber certification and licensing:

Most states have a plumber’s board or state licensing agency that licenses or certifies plumbers and those in other construction trades. These organizations make the rules for how to become a plumber. There are usually several different types of plumbing licenses.

A typical career route is to become an apprentice plumber; as an apprentice you must be supervised by a master plumber or licensed journeyman plumber on the job. Opening for plumbers' apprentices are often difficult to find, but if you are persistent you should find an opening.  Keep in mind that wages for an apprentice plumber are generally low but the payoff will be down the road when you receive your journeyman or master plumber license.  While you don't need to take chemistry courses to be a plumber, there is a lot to learn.  The training you receive in on the job experience is also invaluable and you will be actually earning money rather than paying to learn plumbing through a trade school or community college program.

To receive a journeyman plumber’s license you must pass all state requirements and tests for a journeyman's license.  If you think you may have trouble passing the plumbers test there are test prep books available to help you study.  Once you've received this license and worked for a period of time - usually six months, you are then able to take the test for a master plumber license.  This is the highest plumbing certification most states have.

If you choose not to go the route of working as a journeyman plumber you can also choose to go to a trade school or community college that will teach you plumbing skills. Taking plumbing classes at trade school or community college course comes with a cost however as you will be paying to learn rather than being paid to learn plumbing. The apprentice route also gives you real world plumbing experience that plumbing courses in the classroom just can't match.

Once you've earned your plumbers license you should be able to find work just about anywhere, though you should keep in mind that if you move out of state you'll have to be recertified by the state to which you move.  Plumbing jobs are in demand throughout the US and you can also make a lucrative income by starting your own plumbing business and working for yourself as a plumber.  Hopefully this short guide has helped answer your question as to how to become a plumber.