Sounds easy, right? Not so fast. Each of the steps listed above takes a lot of work to complete.
While the trade of plumbing is not typically taught in high schools, you will need the knowledge you obtain through getting your high school diploma. You may not realize it, but a lot of what you learn in high school math and science classes will help you become a successful plumber.
A clean criminal background and driving record helps you to become a licensed plumber. Many plumbing companies need bonding and liability insurance. They may avoid working with people with marks on their records. As you work towards becoming a licensed plumber, keep the following off your record:
Generally, you should maintain a valid driver’s license with a clean record, have no criminal background, and stay drug-free. This will likely make becoming a plumber much easier.
Once you’ve got the groundwork from obtaining your high school diploma, it’s time to move on to specialized/vocational training. This is the next step of education that provides classroom instruction with hands-on practice. The typical curriculum includes:
Four years of on-the-job training, or an apprenticeship, is required before you can sit for the state licensing exam. An apprenticeship consists of working under the supervision of a licensed plumber to learn and practice all the skills a plumber needs.
In Illinois, apprentice plumbers must obtain an apprentice plumber’s license. Apprentice license requirements include:
Capps plumbing has a robust apprenticeship program that offers valuable on-the-job training.
To perform commercial or residential plumbing work, you must be licensed within the state where you are working. Obtaining a license requires an extensive exam. Illinois plumbing licensing requirements include:
A career in plumbing offers many benefits and opportunities. You’ll be glad you took the time to follow through on your journey to this rewarding career!