Many people don't know it but there are various of ways to become a plumber than going to trade school. For one thing you can begin your plumbing career if you apply and are accepted via the plumbers union in your area. The plumber's union provides an on the job training program that you can work for. Keep it in that it is very competitive to be accepted to such a union.

If you are accepted to the union, you will have to complete an apprentice program which has both classroom and on the job training. The program may run up to four years. Post graduation, the student becomes a full licensed master plumber.

Are there other ways of becoming a plumber if you are not accepted to the plumber's union?

Of course, don't give up! One of the other common methods of beginning a career as a plumber is going to trade school which teaches you the knowledge and skills required to be a top notch plumber. Tuition is required to enter trade school and can vary in expenses for books and classes.

Tip: Look for trade schools that offer post graduation job placement programs. Therefore you can work for an established company without looking for work or having to work for yourself. Being apart of a job placement program will help you elude not having any employment work after you graduate.

Educational and training requirements:

Graduate from high school, get your diploma or earn a GED. This is the first and most crucial step towards your career as a plumber. Recommended courses are mathematics, computers, sciences and physics will help prepare you for the many jobs you will complete as a plumber.

Get training and take courses at a community college, trade school or vocational school.

Many trade or technical schools and community colleges provide formal training for those who want to become plumbers. General courses teaches basics and advanced studies of water supply and drainage systems, as well as piping, venting, fittings and valves. All vocational, community, technical schools and colleges honor plumbing certificates after completion of their programs.

Acquire a plumbing license.

Many if not all states require a plumber to carry a license. In most states, plumbers have to pass certain exams and have at least two to five years of experience before are eligible to test for a license; further years of experience is required for those who work with gas lines.

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