Becoming a Professional Plumber

When it comes to plumbing problems, many are under the impression that they will be able to handle the problem themselves. Whenever something does happen they simply jump at the opportunity to display their skill in handling such a situation without giving it much thought.

As a result the situation sometimes turns out to be a disaster in the making. Thus a situation that could have been averted with the help of a professional plumber becomes a major catastrophe. Therefore before plunging yourself into a plumbing problem you should assess the situation first to determine whether you can handle it or you need a professional plumber to do it. Whenever there is an iota of doubt, always call in the professional.

Before engaging a licensed plumber determine what type of professional you require; find out the cost involved and enquire about the ability of the plumber.

How to Become a Plumbing Apprentice

There are three levels in plumbing profession – apprentice, journeyman and master. If you want to become a professional licensed plumber you have to first become an apprentice. During your apprenticeship you are attached to a journeyman who will be teaching you all the rudiments of the profession. You will get hands-on training by doing actual work alongside him.

During his apprenticeship he learns from the journeyman all about the plumbing tools and equipment that he has to use. He learns all about various types of pipes that are used in plumbing and how to work with them. He has to familiarize himself with all the plumbing fixtures, what their purpose is and how to work with them. He is also to learn about the building codes that need to be followed with regard to plumbing at homes and commercial buildings. During his apprenticeship he is give to work on projects on his own to enable him to get practical experience and learn the trade hands-on.

How to Become a MASTER PlumbER

Master plumber is the highest level of qualification in the plumbing profession. There is another level lower to this; called a licensed professional plumber. Basically there is not much difference in the two levels except that the Master plumber has more experience in the plumbing profession than the others.

To be a master plumber you got to have seven to ten years of hands-on experience under a master plumber; pass a state exam in plumbing, which typically has theoretical part and a practical part. In addition you have to submit documentary proof of your plumbing experience either in the form of an affidavit or a statement of your earnings from your employer. However, the type and the level of documentation will depend on the prevailing rules and regulation of the sate you are in.