Keep water moving by installing and maintain pipes.
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.
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.