Plumber Certification

Plumbers work in every building in your town. From the construction down the street to the city park, Plumbers use their skills to keep clean water flowing in and dirty water flowing out. Here’s what you should know about the certification part of the process.

Do I need Plumber certification?

Certification is typically not required, but it’s a credential that makes you more marketable in your profession. Having said that, some states do require all Plumbers to hold a Plumber certification. Licensing, on the other hand, is a requirement in most states, so check with your state’s labor board for specific information.


In order to earn certification, you must first fulfill the requirements. First off, you must be a Plumber, which is no easy title to earn. Becoming a Plumber typically begins with a two-year educational path at a plumbing school, community college, or trade school.

Your schooling will educate you about reading blueprints, drafting, math, and safety. You’ll also earn an appreciation and better understanding of how water travels. Schools commonly offer a plumbing certificate upon completion.

The next step is to land an apprenticeship. Choose wisely because this will likely lead to job opportunities within the company. Check with your local union, or ask around at plumbing companies associated with the union to locate apprenticeships in your area. Your supervised, hands-on work will last four to five years, and is a great way to learn the techniques and tools of the trade.

Next Step

With educational and practical experience under your belt, it’s time to go out and land your first job as a Licensed Plumber (as soon as you get that license). This is just the beginning, though, because with further education, experience, and dedication, you can advance your credentials and become a Certified Green Plumber by GreenPlumbersUSA.

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