How Long Does It Take to Become a Licensed Plumber?

January 7, 2020

Licensed plumbers typically have job security as well as the ability to make $50,000 a year or more in salary. However, it can take several years to earn a license. The exact number of years it takes to achieve that goal depends on the program you enroll in and what level of training you want.

The Requirements to Enter Trade School or an Apprenticeship Program

As a general rule, you will need to have your high school diploma or GED before you can enter a trade school or an apprenticeship. Adult learners who are seeking a GED may be able to obtain it in about three to six months.

How Long Does a Trade School or Apprenticeship Program Last?

You can expect to complete a trade school program in about two years, and it may take as long as five years to complete an apprenticeship program. However, being an apprentice may be advantageous because you may be able to meet experience requirements to take a journeyman plumber exam.

The person or company that is leading the apprenticeship may also be able to help you prepare for the licensing exam as well. After you pass the exam, you may need to work for several years at this level before becoming fully certified. It may be possible to obtain that experience at Marklein Plumbing in Ramona.

Do You Want to Be a Master Plumber?

It may be necessary to obtain master plumber status to open a business or to gain access to the best paying work. To pursue a master plumber license, you likely need at least two to five years as a journeyman plumber. After obtaining this status, it may be necessary to take ongoing education courses.

If you need plumbing services, give our qualified and licensed technicians a call today. We can help install tankless water heaters, sewer mains, and new drain pipes. We’ll also help repair sump pumps or clear a slow or clogged drain.

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