Plumbers typically complete an apprenticeship that includes up to 2,000 hours of paid training and at least 246 hours of educational instruction each year. Apprenticeships usually take four or five years to complete.
- Enroll in a plumber training program
Find a technical school that can fulfill the technical education requirements to complete a plumbing apprenticeship. Coursework includes reviewing current plumbing procedures, plumbing tools and equipment, plumbing codes and regulations, safety procedures, applied physics and chemistry.
- Apply for a plumber apprenticeship
Contact plumbing companies, technical schools, government organizations and labor unions to find an apprenticeship program. These programs not only provide hands-on training, but also teach plumbers how to read blueprints and perform basic shop math.
- Obtain a state plumber's license
Register and pass state exams to earn a plumbing license. Eligibility requirements for this exam vary from state to state, but most states specify at least two or three years' experience to take the exam.
- Pursue continuing education in plumbing
Take additional courses in plumbing procedures, local codes and regulations to earn master plumber status. Learn how to use new machines and equipment to better serve customers and become an asset to employers. Earn additional licenses or certifications to service gas lines or to become a plumbing contractor.