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Are you considering a career as a plumber but unsure how long it takes? You’ve come to the right place. As seasoned plumbers with decades of industry experience, we have no doubt that being a plumber is a rewarding career that offers long-term stability. In addition to the good pay, it’s a fulfilling career as it involves helping homeowners and businesses with their plumbing needs. Becoming a plumber requires a combination of classroom training and on-the-job training. Today, we’ll explore what it takes to become a plumber and just how long it takes to achieve specific certifications.

  • High School Diploma or GED

This is the foundational requirement, and most plumbing programs require a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) for enrollment. While you can technically begin working as a plumber's helper without a diploma, it significantly limits your options for advancement and obtaining a plumber's license.

  • Vocational Training

This step is optional, but it can give you a head start. Vocational schools or community colleges offer certificate programs in plumbing that provide basic plumbing knowledge and skills. These programs can range from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the program's intensity and desired certification.

  • Apprenticeship

This is the primary path to becoming a licensed plumber and offers hands-on experience under the supervision of a licensed professional. Some people choose to skip vocation training and join a company as apprentices. Plumbing apprenticeships typically last 3-5 years and involve a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. You'll learn various plumbing skills like pipe installation, fixture repair, and code compliance.

  • Certification

After completing your apprenticeship, you’ll need to obtain the required licenses to become a licensed plumber. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most states require plumbers to pass a certification exam. The specific exam and prep time can vary, but it generally shouldn't take more than a few months of studying to prepare for the test itself. It is important to do some research about your state’s licensure requirements so that you don’t miss anything.

As you can see, it’s not hard to become a licensed plumber. It may take a few years to obtain the necessary training and experience, but it is well worth it for someone who’s passionate about this career.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing: The Go-To Plumbing Company

Mr. Rooter Plumbing is a trusted plumbing company offering a comprehensive range of residential and commercial plumbing services. Our services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and you won’t have to worry about hidden charges. If you’re looking for a trusted plumbing repair service you can depend on, we are one phone call away. Here is a list of the plumbing services we offer:

  • Drain cleaning
  • Sewer line repair
  • Water heater installation and repair
  • Garbage disposal repair and replacement
  • Leak detection
  • Tree root removal
  • Toilet installation and repair
  • Bathtub-to-shower conversion

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and let our plumbers help you keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape.

Apr 27, 2024

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Our plumber was excellent he came out probably even on a holiday and did exactly what he was supposed to do. You also informed us and let us make the decisions. We will definitely happen again

Service was excellent. Came in hour after calling. Did a very good job. Darrel was very good and very polite. I didn’t expect it to cost that much but like I said I’m very grateful for the job being done so quickly and good job.

Service was excellent. Came in hour after calling. Did a very good job. Darrel was very good and very polite. I didn’t expect it to cost that much but like I said I’m very grateful for the job being done so quickly and good job.

Delvin arrived quickly on a Sunday for water fsu ets that needed to be replaced. He was timely and professional and I was happy with his work. I will be calling on their services again!