What Qualifications Do You Need To Be A Plumber?


When I talk with some homeowners they seem to think you do not need any qualifications. No wonder they will hire a handyman that does not really know that he or she is doing. This article is about being a tradesman and what is required to be a journeyman plumber.

Some places in the world are quite different from North America, and even in the US regulations are just becoming tougher now.

The common apprenticeship in the US is 5 years of field work and 750 hours of schooling. While in Canada you need 4 years of work and 8 weeks of school for each year.

During this period you will increase your knowledge, skills and pay with each level that you move towards the goal of being a Plumber Currens Hill. Depending on the type of company you work for you might do anything from new home construction to repairing fan coils on a roof top to cleaning out drains in a house.

During this phase most companies you work for expect you to work hard but will not fault you for being slow on tougher tasks. Take this time to learn as many skills as you can before you become a journeyman. Once you have your plumbing ticket it is very hard to get on with a company that expects you to have certain skills. So, do not spend all of your 4 to 5 years working in one area of plumbing. There is too much to learn in such a short period of time.

I started my apprenticeship in a hospital, therefore what I learned was extensive in repairs and drain cleaning, but did nothing for me when it came time to do any construction work. I quite after one year to go and work for a commercial company. As I was only a second year this company was very forgiving of my lack of skill in this area. About a year after this I went onto another company that did larger commercial projects, but luckily they also did some houses.

The plumbing in a house is very different than the plumbing in a commercial building. The blueprints are very different and the building materials are different. For this reason it is good to gain these skills while you are in the apprenticeship stages. I have been plumbing for 22 years and I still run into situations that I have to figure out to make work. Without the skills I gained as an apprentice I would have been stuck in one area forever.

Also if you plan on starting your own business in the future it is much easier and costs a lot less to start a plumbing company in the new home construction or service plumbing areas. If you start a business later on and you are going to do commercial plumbing then the time to get paid is normally much further out then new home construction. The fastest way to get paid is through service plumbing, since you can bill and collect as soon as the job is complete.


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