Training as a Plumber

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights:

  • The requirements that each plumber will need to have in order to reach a certain level will depend on each state
  • The master plumber is usually a businessman who need needs to make sure that all journeyman plumbers under his or her company are all following all the regulations
  • The journeyman plumber is someone who has finished the apprenticeship program, acquired the degree or training certificate, and have all the necessary requirements to get a journeyman license
  • The apprentice plumber is a novice plumber who has finished the apprenticeship program which includes on-the-job training as well as several hours of classroom instruction

Similar to most skilled trades, plumbers have different levels of expertise and training. The requirements that each plumber will have to go through to reach these levels will depend on what state you are in. There might even be competency requirements if specified by the state. These classifications are meant to help determine the plumber’s training.

The Master plumber: The master plumber must have a specified number of years of experience as a journeyman plumber. Of course, the associate’s degree or training at a vocational institution is also necessary. In order to become a master plumber, you will need to pass an exam that will test your practical and written knowledge. Each year, they should also meet a specified number of hours for their continuing education program. Most master plumbers are business owners, and they have to make sure that all journeyman plumbers under his or her business are following the plumbing standards and specifications.

The Journeyman plumber: The journeyman plumber is a plumber who has accomplished all apprenticeship requirements. A lot of the plumbers in the industry are journeymen plumbers. After compiling all necessary requirements, he or she will have to apply for a journeyman license in order to reach this level. The plumber will have to pass an exam and pay the fees in order to get the license. The journeyman license will also vary by state as not all states will require you to have a journeyman license, and some states will only limit the amount of work that you are allowed to perform.

The Apprentice plumber: The novice plumber will have to go through an apprenticeship program in order to reach another level. He or she can undergo this program through union locals and affiliated companies, or nonunion contractor organizations who are permitted by the regulatory board to administer the training. The apprenticeship will require around 4 years of paid, on-the-job training that includes several hours of classroom instruction.

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