Texas Bill Would Make it Easier to Become a Plumber
The Texas House of Representatives have passed legislation that would eliminate restrictions to entering the plumbing career field.
House Bill 4296 would allow high school students to obtain a tradesman plumber-limited license without paying registration fees or registering as a plumber’s apprentice. They would only have to take the required courses and pass the license test.
The bill also says that anyone who teaches at a career and technical program would not have to pay to renew their licenses and it would waive certain continuing education course fees.
Representative Matt Schaefer, a republican from Smith County, sponsored the bill. In a post on Facebook, Schaefer says the bill would help students and the plumbing industry.
“Not only do they benefit with a rewarding career, the plumbing industry receives much needed talent,” Schaefer wrote. “The bill also allows more experienced plumbers to teach, and alleviates some license-renewal regulations”
Plumbers are in demand in Texas and throughout the country, and the need is growing. Between 2016 and 2026, the job outlook will grow 16%, much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average income of a plumber is $53,910.
The bill was passed in the house in early May and referred to the Business and Commerce committee in the Senate. The Senate did not take any action in committee on May 14.
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