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How to Become a Plumber

If you want to become a plumber, here are the steps to take.


  1. Get your high school diploma or GED. A plumber needs a foundation in math (i.e., algebra and geometry), science (i.e., physics) and computers (i.e., computer-aided drafting). If offered, you may also want to take classes in drafting and blueprint reading.
  2. Get your vocational training. Take plumbing vocational classes at a trade school or technical or community college. The certificate you earn will be on the topics of water supply and drainage systems, as well as their respective piping equipment.
    Find trade schools in your area here.
  3. Complete an apprenticeship program. To receive the most comprehensive training on how to be a plumber, take part in an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships run either 4 or 5 years and cover all aspects of the trade. You can find more information about Apprenticeships here.
  4. Get licensed. A majority of states require that you have a plumber’s license. Although licensing standards aren’t uniform, 2-5 years of experience and passage of an exam of the plumbing trades and local codes are typical requirements. To learn the specific qualifications, licensing needs and training hours necessary to become a plumber in your region, please click here.