Plumbers are in great demand but did you know they require specialized training. Plumbers go far beyond repairing water fixtures and unclogging pipes. Plumbers have to know about building codes, be able to read blueprints, understand various construction materials and more recently know about water-conservation techniques.
Educational requirements include a high school diploma or GED. It’s a good idea if you are good with some basic math such as algebra and of course geometry. You’ll need to pick up physics and computer aided drafting. What this means is that you need vocational training. It is possible for you to take classes in plumbing at your local high school, however you really should take it from a technical/vocational school because they will teach far more which will get you more jobs. Some schools even other certificates in specific areas of plumbing such as drainage systems and much more. Check your local schools to find out what programs they have and see what interests you. Many of these courses can be taken online as well. If you are currently working and perhaps have a family, online courses may suit you best.
It is best if you complete an apprenticeship. These programs often offer the most comprehensive training available in terms of knowing how to be a plumber. These apprenticeship programs are often offered by plumber’s unions or non-union contractor organizations. Check with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Also check with the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors.
The apprenticeship programs bring together at least 144 hours of yearly classroom teaching with paid on-the-job training which is just fantastic. The apprenticeship can run two to five years taking you from basic plumbing skills to more advanced aspects of the plumbing trade.
Once you have finished your apprenticeship, it is best to get licensed simply because most areas require you to be licensed. Depending on your area, you’ll need anywhere from two to five years of experience, pass the test they give you on plumbing trades and local codes. Then you’ll be licensed. Now you can work for a plumbing company or set up your own business.
At a later time, you can acquire more training and certificates in a specialty area which will provide more job opportunities for you. What’s really hot now is green wise plumbing and water conservation.