Although being certified is not necessary to conduct plumbing services, when combined with adequate experience and good recommendations it can be a great way to set yourself apart from the pack. At JJ’s Plumbing, all of our Vancouver plumbers are certified and up-to-date on all of the current industry standards. Take a look at our blog below for an overview of what it takes to become a certified plumber.
The first step to becoming a certified plumber is becoming an apprentice. In order to do this, you not only need a high school education, you should be proficient in basic math such as geometry and the metric system. After this, you may be able to land an apprenticeship if you offer enough potential – if you’re having trouble, consider getting a college degree in plumbing. Although this is not necessary, it is definitely recommended and will give you better odds of landing a quality apprenticeship.
Depending on the state that you reside in, your apprenticeship may require you to take certain mandatory courses before entering. Check with the apprenticeships that you have your eye on and double check their starting requirements.
Once you’ve completed the above, you can begin your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available to anyone who is 18 years of age and has a high school diploma; although, in some places 17 is an acceptable age as well. These apprenticeships are usually run by local plumber’s unions and will give you the combination of classroom education and real world experience that is needed to become a certified plumber.
Journeyman Plumbers Exam
After getting the minimum classroom and real world hour requirements, you are eligible to take the Journeyman’s test. However, before doing so you must obtain a signed affidavit from the plumber that you worked under along with their plumber certification number. After passing the exam, you are officially a certified plumber.