How to Become a Plumber

A Plumbing Profession is a great career for people who like to work with their hands, and keep busy. Plumbing covers everything from working on water heaters, remodeling a bathroom. There will never be a boring day as a plumber, as plumbing systems are very unpredictable at times and keep you busy. There are many steps to getting into becoming a plumber. If you are interested in possibly choosing the Trade of Plumbing, keep reading.

Prior Education

Most plumbers choose to go to trade school, instead of college. This is because the education needed for Plumbing is having a GED. Plumbing involves a foundation in math, knowledge, reading, writing, and science. Just like some people go to college to get a degree for a career, plumbers go to trade school to receive a career in Plumbing.

Background Checks

Before you are hired at a Plumbing company, you will most likely have to go through a background check. Many Plumbing companies assign vans to each individual to use for their day to day jobs and tasks. For this reason drug tests, and background checks are necessary. A company will want to ensure that you do not have and DUI’s or DWI’s, or reckless driving charges. You will be responsible for their property, so they want to ensure that you fit to do so. Because of this you will want a clean record, and able to pass a drug test.


To start learning the trade of plumbing, you will want to enroll in technical courses. There are many ways to do this. You may find a Technical Plumbing school, enroll at a community college with plumbing courses, or enroll in a general Trade Institute. Depending on where you live, the requirements for schooling, and years of experience all vary on state or local requirements. The following are some examples of what you learn during these courses:

  • Pipe Cutting and Soldering
  • Draining and Venting
  • Electrical Basics
  • Water Heating Systems
  • Local Plumbing Codes


Depending on where you live, you may have to do an apprenticeship during, or after you complete technical courses. A apprenticeship is necessary to gain hands on experience in the plumbing world before receiving your license. Depending on your location you will have to complete 2-5 years in an apprenticeship.


After your technical courses, or even after you apprenticeship, you may be asked to take a written exam. This exam will be the key to receiving your plumbing license. This plumbing license will allow you to do jobs on your own, possibly secure your own van with a company, and overall open more doors for you in the plumbing world. You will want to plan to have to take an exam.

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