For anyone interested in becoming a successful plumber, one of the best options is securing an apprenticeship. Before this can happen, you need to complete certain tasks. However, once an apprenticeship is secured, there are incredible opportunities for learning and growing in the business.
As an apprentice, the plumbing trade is learned first-hand by working closely with a licensed plumber. An apprentice can also work with a plumbing school or organization if preferred. In addition to classroom studies, this entails on-the-job experience which is essential.
The following are suggestions for getting started:
- Graduate from high school or have a GED.
- Be 18 years of age, although there are some states that will allow a person to start a plumbing apprenticeship at 17 with a high school diploma.
- Maintain a clean criminal and driving record. To work as an apprentice, a valid driver’s license is needed, and you must pass a criminal background check as well as a drug test.
- Although valuable knowledge is gained from the classroom and on-the-job training, this type of work requires a certain aptitude. Therefore, it is important to consider existing skills and interests to make sure they line up. If wanted, an aptitude test can be taken as well to determine mobile dexterity, mechanical inclination, math ability, problem-solving ability, and more.
- Joining a plumber’s union is also a great idea. Keep in mind that each union has distinct regulations on age.
- You can also apply for a union’s apprenticeship program. Different unions have a different number of apprentices, so if one is full, you can check with others. This entails an application process, an aptitude test, and, in some cases, another test mandated by a special committee.
- Vocational and local trade schools are another option to get training to become a plumber. As with unions, these schools offer both classroom and on-the-job training with a master plumber or perhaps a licensed contractor.
- You can begin taking the required courses to become a plumber. Math, local plumbing codes, drafting, blueprints, and safety courses could all be completed, but only from an accredited educational institute.
- There are also a large number of colleges, universities, and vocational schools that offer job placement, whether as an apprentice or just getting a foot in the door with a local plumbing company.
- A family member, friend, or neighbor who is a master plumber can also be approached.