The first thing you need to qualify for journeyman plumber jobs is an understanding of what a journeyman is. A journeyman is a skilled tradesman who has completed his or her full apprenticeship, but is not yet considered or called a "master" of his trade, like a Master Plumber, for example. In order for a plumber to get to this stage of his or her plumbing career, however, is not an easy achievement. There are several things needed to qualify for a journeyman title.

In order to qualify for journeyman plumber jobs, the novice plumber first needs to set up an apprenticeship with a master plumber. There are several ways to do this and typically, you can find sponsorship from a board of regional plumbers such as the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Other sponsors include the National Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors, the Home Builders' Institute of the National Association of Home Builders, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, to name a few. Once an apprenticeship has been set up, a future journeyman plumber serves his apprenticeship for about four to five years. During his or her time as an apprentice, the future journeyman plumber will complete just under 150 hours of coursework that includes but is not limited to reading specifications, math, sketching, practical science and safety procedures. Practical training is also part of the apprentice role and begins from simple tool usage and how to distinguish between different types of pipes, to more complex like the installation of complex piping systems. All in all, the road to becoming a journeyman is indeed a journey, but a rich and rewarding one.

In essence, journey plumber jobs are employment opportunities for those who have completed apprenticeships and qualified training. Some plumbers do not complete formal training, but the title of journeyman plumber is rewarding in that it makes the plumber more marketable, therefore, making him privy to better jobs.