New Space Toilet Design Makes Long-Term Space Travel Possible
NASA's new Universal Waste Management System space toilet design shows how important plumbing is for log-term space travel to be possible.
How to Maintain a Successful Plumbing Business
This is the second part of the Plumber Business Development series. Part one covers our video course that will help make sure your new business is profitable. Now we’ll cover some tips on how you can build a solid customer base without spending any extra money.
How to Start a Successful Plumbing Business
If you’ve reached a place in your career where you feel ready to become your own boss and open your own business, this is the first part of a two part series that will help you get started! Part two will cover tips for building a dedicated customer base by providing an excellent customer experience.
Utah Plumber Continuing Education Course Preview
When you take a continuing education course with Plumbers Training Institute, it’s like having a personal tutor with you wherever you go! Instead of trying to navigate every part of the IPC codes yourself - let us help you work through every section! Below you’ll find a preview from a section of the Fixtures, Faucets, and Fixture Fittings video course, as well as a snippet from the written course text.
How to Turn a Trainee Into a Valuable Team Member
We may specialize in exam prep and continuing education, but we also know that the learning doesn’t stop once someone finds a job. That’s why we’re highlighting a simplified version of this article by Bo DeAngelo, master plumber and manager of technical training at Viega. He has some helpful tips on how to effectively teach a new trainee in a way that helps them succeed right away.
The Health & Efficiency Benefits of Linear Drain Design
In this edited version of an article written by Chris Oaty from Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, he argues that linear drains promote cleanliness and accessibility in the modern bathroom.”
Tips for Recruiting Young Plumbers
Statistics show that despite many aspects of life either stopping or slowing down during the pandemic, your plumbing workload isn’t one of them! If you’re struggling to find new skilled employees to help you juggle your projects, Plumber Magazine recently published an article that has some good tips for attracting young talent.
Michigan LARA & BCC to Implement Citations This Fall
Effective October 1, 2020, Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes will give out citations to licensed workers who violate the following rules...
EPA Lead Pipe Regulation Update: What it Means for Plumbers
On July 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the "Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder, and Flux for Drinking Water" ruling. The purpose of this rule is to reduce lead in drinking water by giving states, manufacturers, inspectors, and consumers a uniform definition of “Lead Free” plumbing.
PlumbingHelpToday.com reports that when there are too many low-flow toilets in one area, a stinky problem can arise: if there’s not enough water to push sewage through, waste can back up. This same problem can happen on a smaller scale: inside the house. Non-flushable waste is more likely to back up when it’s being handled by a low-flow model.
Household Plumbing Systems Under Stress with More People at Home
While some of these new challenges are creating plumbing issues, some plumbers say certain families are waiting out any repairs. Some don’t have the funds to afford a fix because of the massive unemployment numbers, others, don’t want strangers entering their houses because of the risk of coronavirus spread.
Many Plumbers Remain Busy During COVID
U.S. unemployment hit nearly 20% in early May, a staggering figure that rivals economic lows like the Great Depression. The coronavirus crisis and subsequent economic closures have thousands applying for benefits and stuck at home without work.
While many are out of work, the plumbing industry has shown its strength and necessity even in the most challenging of times. Many, if not all, states have deemed plumbing an essential part of society’s critical infrastructure.
Some plumbers have seen increases in calls due to more people being home and putting strains on their systems. Others have had maintenance and minor repairs canceled or delayed while people are either out of work and unable to pay, or hesitant to invite someone into their house because of the COVID-19 outbreaks.
Either way, plumbing businesses still have their doors open while thousands of other sectors have had to close theirs. The demand for plumbers is expected to grow “much faster than average” through 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency says the career will grow 14% during this time frame.
Some states, like Michigan, are rolling out initiatives to encourage more people to enter trades like plumbing. MLive reports that 545,000 skilled trades job will be created in The Mitten through 2026, but employers are having a hard time finding the people to fill those roles.
The fact is, too many Baby Boomers are exiting or retiring from the field and not enough young blood is entering. Further, MLive reports that skilled trades make on average 45% more than the state’s median income, yet the path to finding that career requires less formal schooling that comes at a way cheaper price.
PLUMBER EXAM PREP & CONTINUING EDUCATION
Available in Video from the Comfort of Home
Stagnant Plumbing Systems After COVID-19
Commercial buildings across the United States have sat empty for weeks due to COVID-19 quarantine measures. When it is time to reopen these buildings, plumbing should be one of the first items addressed. Plumber Magazine has provided some advice about preparing dormant plumbing systems for use again which we've compiled for you here.
3 Ways To Improve Your Business During Your Downtime
Your company may or my not be slowing down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Either way, there are several things you can expand your business while the majority of people have no shortage of downtime.
Should Your Business Be Providing Sanitation Services?
With the current COVID-19 crisis, business owners and homeowners alike are thinking beyond the normal scope of cleaning. Rather than just cleaning indoor surfaces, doorknobs, and hands, people are having sidewalks, playground equipment, and building exteriors deep cleaned. Outdoor cleaning is an often overlooked but incredibly important measure in keeping the spread of bacteria and viruses as bay.
The Myth Of California's Shower & Laundry Fines
First things first, California residents will not be fined $1,000 for taking a shower and doing laundry on the same day. The controversy stems from a two laws passed in 2018, however both laws target water suppliers rather than individual residents and they do not go into effect until 2023. The Department of Water Resources has released a statement debunking the assertion and explaining the new laws.
Should You Become An Idaho Plumber? Part 3: Career
Even if you decide hands-on plumbing is not for you, you will gain valuable, real world experience in a working environment to add to your resume. There are several jobs related to your apprenticeship.
Should You Become An Idaho Plumber? Part 2: Training & Exams
Most of the training required to move through the stages of plumbing licensure is done on the job. Read about the training and education necessary to move from apprentice to journeyman to plumbing contractor.
Should You Become An Idaho Plumber? Part 1: Salary
Idaho is booming. The housing market is on the upswing, unemployment is down state-wide, and new jobs are coming to the state. It only makes sense that the construction industry is growing to keep up. As people move to the area, attracted by jobs and a low cost of living, new homes and businesses need to built and plumbed. So, should you become a plumber?
Oklahoma Plumber Renewal FAQ
Oklahoma plumbers must complete 6-hours of continuing education every 36 months. Licenses must be renewed every year on the last day of their birth month. Continuing education must have been completed within 36 months of their license deadline or the state will not process the renewal.
Woman Plumber Starts Nonprofit to Introduce Young Girls to Trades
“Jobs don’t have genders,” New York City based plumber Judaline Cassidy. Cassidy has been plumbing for more than 20 years, and she’s received sexist comments and judgment for just as long. In a blog, she writes that every day, someone asks her if she is qualified to do the job.
Oregon Advocacy Group Pushes for Compost Toilet and Sustainable Plumbing Systems
The average flush uses almost four gallons of water, and the average American uses nearly 20 gallons of water a day just using the bathroom, adding up to thousands of gallons down the drain every year. The commode is the single biggest user of water in an average house. Now, one Oregon-based group is on a mission to make the potty a little more eco-friendly.
Wisconsin Plumbers Accidentally Light Apartment on Fire During Maintenance Visit
A routine plumbing appointment turned devastating in Madison, Wisconsin, after workers set an apartment complex on fire. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that plumbers were working on a second floor bathroom and using a torch to make adjustments to the pipes. That’s when they noticed the wall smoking and called 911. The fire spread up the wall and into an attic.
5 Tips to Build Trust with Customers
Customers who trust your business will be loyal customers. Establishing trust with your customers provides you the opportunity to build lifelong relationships with your clientele, which will give you a sense of job security as well as the satisfaction of a job well done.
Alaska Plumbing License Frequently Asked Questions
Navigating the ins and outs of licensing can be difficult. Here are some frequently asked questions about Alaska plumber licensing to get you the answers you need and on the road to a great career!
Becoming A Plumbing Apprentice: Education & Training
Apprentices typically need a high school diploma to get started. You gain all of the education and training you need on the job, while being paid. Apprenticeships last between 4 and 5 years depending on the state (check your state for specific details). During your apprenticeship you will acquire between 7.500 and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and typically between 500 hours and 750 hours of in-class instruction. Once you have met your state's requirements you will mostly complete an exam to get to the next stage of licensing.
Vermont Plumbing License Renewal FAQ's
If your license has lapsed past 90 days, you must apply for reinstatement and appear before the board. Applicants for license renewal must provide the board with evidence of completion of 8-hours of continuing education or training that is board-approved, completed within the previous 2 years and two of which must be code review. A copy of a certificate is acceptable evidence of this.
Becoming a Plumbing Apprentice: What are the Benefits?
Earn While You Learn. Plumbing is a unique career path because you have the ability to earn money while you complete your training. The average plumbing apprentice makes $35,115 per year and the average journeyman plumber makes $57,096. Compare this to your average college graduate who racks up student loans rather than making income while they learn and make an average of $59,124 per year after obtaining a bachelor's degree. On top of that, the typical apprenticeship program is 4-5 years long - the same as your average bachelor's degree!
Websites to Help Homeowners Find Nearby Plumbers
“Simply conducting an online search is no longer sufficient. There are many companies offering plumbing services, but people cannot be sure whether they are really qualified and have the necessary license. Find Us Now makes it easier to actually compare service providers and choose the one that they think is the most suitable for them,” said website spokesman Clint Butler in a press release.
Train Your Whole Staff This Apprentice Week!
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), now in its fifth year, is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers. NAW 2019 will be held November 11-17, 2019.
Instructor Opportunity for Massachusetts Master Plumbers
Plumbers Training Institute is looking for a Massachusetts Master Plumber or Plumbing Inspector to join our successful online plumbing exam prep training & continuing education department. Online video training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented plumbing instructor.
Pricing Plumbing for Profit
Often plumbers and tradesman look at job costing as a simplified equation of what do the parts cost plus the hourly pay and profit margin that they feel is fair and that is the bid they give the customer. This will BURN them in a very short amount of time. There are so many other costs that go into running a business, and every job that is done needs to be covering a part of the business costs.
Plumbing Business Owners: Are You Making $100k a Year?
Being a knowledgeable and skilled plumber is a unique and valuable thing, but in many cases, it is not enough to keep a plumbing business running profitably. A business owner often has a totally different set of skills than a tradesman, and without those business skills many plumbers work themselves to the bone for very skinny profit margins.
New Course: Intro to Fire Sprinklers, Valves, and Hydraulic Calculations
This is an introduction to the basics regarding fire sprinklers, valves and hydraulic calculations. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the parts of a sprinkler assembly and the significance of sprinkler orientation. They will also learn the basics of sprinkler system valves and the types of systems they service. Finally, hydraulic calculations are discussed as they relate to water supply, water flow and friction loss.
Virginia Plumber Courses
Plumbers Training Institute is excited to offer everything you need to get licensed and stay licensed in Virginia! Not only do we offer the best exam prep available for the journeyman and master plumbing exams, we also provide online state-approved continuing education! All courses are created by licensed plumbers in an easy-to-use online format. Take your courses online anytime with the added benefit of a licensed professional available to answer all of your questions.
Kentucky Plumbing Licensing: Frequently Asked Questions
Navigating the ins and outs of licensing can be difficult. Here are some frequently asked questions about Kentucky plumber licensing to get you the answers you need and on the road to a great career!
Tools a Plumbing Apprentice Must Have
You’re a plumbing apprentice now, that is great. Congratulations on your new life path. I am going to help you get started. You need tools, right? Um, yes! I’m going to tell you the top 10 tools you need to get started. I’ll even tell you what they do so you don’t get that duh look.
Idaho Plumbing Licensing Frequently Asked Questions
You must renew/revive your license within (2) two years of the expiration date or you will be required to complete a new application and re-test before receiving a new license. The fee and the additional requirements must be received before your license will be renewed/revived.
Virginia Plumber Renewal Frequently Asked Questions
Virginia plumbers must complete a 3-hour code update course every two years by the anniversary of licensure.
Florida 'Super Bug' Termite Chews Through Plumbing
Florida is dealing with a termite unlike any other. Two invasive termite species are breeding in the area to produce a new 'super' pest that can reproduce more quickly than it's parent species and the ability to live in a greater range of environments. The hybrid species is also twice the size of its parents. It not only chews through the baseboards and studs, but also, concrete and plumbing. As an added bonus, this termite also spits acid.
Texas Governor Saves Plumbing Regulatory Agency
"To fulfill the demands for rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey and keeping Texas prepared and able to recover from future disasters, it is necessary to continue the [State Board Of Plumbing Examiners] to perform its indispensable role in protecting Texans," said Abbott in a press release.
Team of Plumbers Saves Mobile Home Park in Wisconsin
For weeks, residents in an Eau Claire, Wisconsin mobile home park have feared the possibility of homelessness after a string of sewer line issues threatened their safety and security, reports WQOW. Several people at the Maples Mobile Home Park had until July 2nd to fix the problem or they’d be forced to evacuate.
Danish Company Unveils Female Urinal
The Lapee female urinal says their product gets women in and out in about 90 seconds, versus the three minutes it takes to use a toilet. Lapee’s website says it is “designed to provide cover for women peeing whereas standing men would be exposed. The height of the urinal brings privacy but also empowers women peeing, her eyesight is the same level as a standing man.”
High School Senior’s Essay about Plumbing Makes it into New York Times
As a young girl, Kelley navigated pipes, cords, walls, bathrooms and kitchens and chaos to help her dad diagnose and then fix the problem. The job was often messy and cumbersome, which conflicted with Kelley’s need for control and perfect organization. Plumbing challenged her controlling tendencies and perfectionism and taught her the value of elbow grease and perseverance.
Not Enough Toilets in UK, According New Study
Public health scientists are calling for “potty parity” in the United Kingdom after a survey shows there are not enough public toilets available. The Royal Society for Public Health commissioned a study and asked 2,000 people questions about bathroom accessibility in the UK. 74% said there were not enough public toilets in their area.
Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary: Be a Plumber, Get Rich
The need for plumbers 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. There are fewer barriers to entry in the plumbing career field than getting a college degree. Many university graduates leave with student debt and aspiring plumbers can train then hop right into their careers.
Texas Bill Would Make it Easier to Become a Plumber
House Bill 4296 would allow high school students to obtain 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.
How To Become a Georgia Master Plumber
To become a master plumber in Georgia you must: have a minimum of 5 years qualifying experience with at least 2 years as a journeyman plumber, plumbing contractor, plumbing foreman, plumbing superintendent, or military plumber. If you are applying for a Class 2 license you must have experience with commercial or industrial plumbing, provide 3 notarized original reference forms from licensed plumbers who can attest to your plumbing experience, and submit a completed application and non-refundable $30 fee with documentation of the required experience and other qualifications and reference information.Wait for the Board approval letter.
Wyoming Master Plumber FAQ
Plumber licensing differs by municipality in Wyoming. Individuals who wish to become a master plumber must complete hands-on experience as a master plumber, sign up for the master plumber exam, and then contact their local jurisdiction to obtain a license request.
Good Plumbers Never Stop Learning, Great Plumbers Pass Their Knowledge On
In most states plumbers continuously learn as they move up the licensing ladder. Each step of the licensing process requires you to learn more and many states require continuing education or code update courses to help bolster your understanding of local codes and law. Plumbers Training Institute offers online exam prep, continuing education, and code updates to help plumbers obtain and maintain their licenses in the simplest way possible.
Attention UPC Master Plumbers & Plumbing Inspectors!
Plumbers Training Institute is looking for UPC instructors/presenters for our online trade license and certification school. If you have experience working with UPC code and a passion for teaching others, we want to hear from you! Online training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit around their busy schedules. Plumbers Training Institute has the experience necessary to translate your training to the digital world.
How to Become an Alabama Plumber
The Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board defines an apprentice as “a person other than a master or journeyman gas fitter or plumber, who is engaged in learning and assisting in the installation of gas pipe, equipment, apparatus, and appliances, and shall work directly under the supervision of a journeyman or master gas fitter or plumber, and who has successfully fulfilled the registration requirements of the board and has been duly registered by the board as such for the current year” No written exam is required and you must complete a registration form and include a copy of Proof of Citizenship or Lawful Presence of Non-Citizen form. The fee for a plumbers apprenticeship is $25 for the initial application and just $10 annually thereafter.
Vermont Plumbers, We Have You Covered
Whether you're interested in obtaining a journeyman or master plumber license or you need to complete state-approved continuing education to renew, we have the courses you need. Our online exam prep programs are tailored to the Vermont journeyman and master plumbers exams. Below are the most commonly asked licensing questions.
Getting the Most from Your Team - Is Your Plumber A Pain or an Asset?
Every experienced plumber is familiar the guy on the site who knows everything. While this is frustrating enough as a coworker, it can be even more frustrating as a manager. After years on the job these plumbers feel they know what is necessary and are hesitant to follow orders that go against their first instincts. So how do you deal with this personality type? You don't want to lose your most experienced plumbers, but you also don't want to spend your time arguing with staff.
How do I get a Utah Plumbers License?
Apprentice plumbers must meet state requirements before applying to become a Journeyman. State requirements include completing 8,000 hours of training in four years including 576 clock hours of classroom instruction as an apprentice OR 16,000 hours of on the job training and instruction in 8 years as an apprentice. To become a master plumber you must have 4,000 hours of experience in a supervisory plumbing role.
How to get Your Plumbing License in Rhode Island
The plumbing industry is changing, and in many ways, it’s changing in favor of the professionals who work in it. The demand for plumbers is increasing while the skilled labor workforce is shrinking. The country needs plumbers more than ever before. For you, that means a career with exponential growth, security and a good income.
Results are in for South Carolina’s Best Plumber
Kay Plumbing believes in continuous improvement, excellent customer service and high quality products. Konrad himself personally tests and experiments with new plumbing products to make sure he can offer the best services to his customers. Kay Plumbing wants to continue their success by expanding their business. One of the company’s biggest challenges has been finding and hiring quality apprentice plumbers. Orzechowski is trying to hire five of them.
Increase in Plumbers, Tradesman Could Benefit Southern West Virginia
“The more kids that can read by the fourth grade, the more likely they are to graduate from high school,” said United Way of Southern West Virginia, Michelle Rotellini to the West Virginia News. “We need plumbers and electricians and heavy equipment operators. These are trades that aren’t as popular as they were at one time, but they are needed.”
Preparing For Your Upcoming Plumbing Exam
Getting through your Journeyman and Master/Contractor exams is one of the biggest steps to move forward in your plumbing career. At Plumbers Training Institute we want to make it as easy as possible for you to learn the plumbing material within your state standards. Our free plumbing exam prep guide outlines the valuable information you need to know for your exam and how our programs will make you pass on the first try.
Why Should You Be A Plumber?
The plumbing trade is a great way to be financially stable without a university education. You start a plumbing apprenticeship with a competitive living wage and expect pay raises the more you work and move up in career positions. It’s a great way for a young person to not be below the poverty level, and flexible enough for older people to enter the field.
Plumbers Are In High Demand
The worker shortage, highlighted by the Associated General Contractors of America’s survey of members see a demand for craft workers such as roofers, electricians, and plumbers but find it more difficult to hire qualified workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that plumbers will grow nationwide by 16% between 2016 and 2026.
Are You Our Next Plumbing Instructor?
Plumbers Training Institute is looking for a Master Plumber to join our successful online plumbing exam prep training & continuing education department. Online training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit their busy schedules.
An In-Depth Guide to Getting a Journeyman or Master Plumber License in Rhode Island
The examination to be administered consists of 50 multiple choice questions based on the Rhode Island Edition of the "BOCA International Plumbing Code 2006" and the RI Edition of the State Building Code SBC-3 State Plumbing code effective July 1, 2013.
Everything You Need to Know to Become An Ohio Plumbing Contractor
Before applying for an Ohio plumbing license you must either have been a tradesperson in the type of licensed trade for which the application is filed for not less than five (5) years immediately prior to the date the application is filed, currently be a registered engineer in this state with three (3) years of business experience in the construction industry in the trade for which the engineer is applying to take the examination, or have other experience acceptable to the appropriate section of the board.
New Hampshire Journeyman or Master Plumber License FAQ
New Hampshire apprentices are eligible to test for a journeyman license after 8,000 hours or 4 years working as an apprentice. Journeyman are eligible to test for a master plumber license after just 6 months.
Getting A North Carolina Plumber License FAQ
You must have 2 years or a total of 4,000 hours of experience to take the North Carolina plumbing exams. At least 2,000 of these hours must consist of hands-on work in installation, layout, and design. Once you've met these requirements you must complete an examination application, pay a $1000 fee exam fee, and pass the state plumbing exams.
New Course! Virginia Plumber Code Update
Plumbers Training Institute is excited to expand their course offerings in Virginia! Not only do we offer the best exam prep available for the journeyman and master plumbing exams, we now provide online state-approved continuing education! All courses are created by licensed plumbers in an easy-to-use online format. Take your courses online anytime with the added benefit of a licensed professional available to answer all of your questions.
New Courses for Oklahoma Plumbers
Plumbers Training Institute is excited to expand their course offerings in Oklahoma! Not only do we offer the best exam prep available for the journeyman and plumbing contractor exams, we now provide online state-approved continuing education! All courses are created by licensed plumbers in an easy-to-use online format. Take your courses online anytime with the added benefit of a licensed professional available to answer all of your questions.
Michigan State Researcher Warns Some Toilet Plumbing Systems Lead to Disease
The plumbing industry is hot – with a high demand for new plumbers and plumbing services. The world of plumbing constantly changes. Toilet designs are changing too. But what often doesn’t change is the toilet plumbing systems they lead into. One Michigan State University researcher warns that could spell bad news for your health.
Thinking of Becoming a Michigan Licensed Plumber?
Now is the time to consider a career in the plumbing industry, become licensed, and take advantage of the increasing demand for skilled tradesmen. Plumbers Training Institute has exactly what you need to become a licensed Journeyman or Master plumber in Michigan. Their Journeyman and Master Plumber Exam Prep courses are designed to help you take and pass that exam! Convenient online courses and course and book packages are created by Plumbers for Plumbers and a team of licensing professionals is there to help you every step of the way.
Plumber Frees Cat Stuck in Toilet
Every day is different for plumbers. With an ever-changing industry and new tasks in every home or business, plumbers enjoy a variety of challenges. And some challenges are more unique than others. Like when one plumber got the call to help a homeowner free their new kitten from the toilet.
Holidays a Plumber's Busiest Time of Year
Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas often put more stress on a home’s sewage, drainage and plumbing systems. When families get together to eat, more guests than usual use toilets and showers. This puts strain on the bathroom. This becomes even more problematic when paper towels and wipes are flushed.
Everything You Need to Know About A Career in Plumbing in Wyoming
Plumbing is in high demand, with job growth expected to increase by 16-percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most demand will come from maintenance jobs and new construction projects. Plumbers in Wyoming have “above average opportunity” compared to other states, according to MyNextMove.org. They’re one of just 11 states with this type of projected growth.
How To Get A Georgia Plumbers License
Individuals interested in becoming a licensed Georgia plumber must meet all state requirements and pass the state plumbing exams. We've provided step by step instructions for obtaining your license and Georgia specific exam prep to ensure you pass the test on your first try!
How To Become A Licensed Plumber in Connecticut
P-1 Unlimited Plumbing Contractor - may do all plumbing and piping work as defined in section 20-330 of the Connecticut General Statutes. The requirements to qualify for this license examination shall be two (2) years as an unlimited licensed journeyperson or equivalent experience and training.
P-2 Unlimited Journeyperson Plumber - may do all plumbing and piping work as so defined and only while in the employ of a contractor licensed for such work. The requirements to qualify for this license examination shall be the completion of a registered apprenticeship program or equivalent experience and training.
How to Become a Plumber in Alabama
Once you have fulfilled two years working as an apprentice, you are then able to take the Journeyman Plumbers Exam. You’ll find an excellent exam prep course to help you study for and pass this exam at Plumbers Training Institute. You’ll need to be licensed as a Journeyman Plumber for at least one year before you are allowed to move on to take a Master Plumbers Exam. The same applies to Gas Fitters.
How To Get A Florida Plumbers License
Florida has two types of licenses
- Certified Plumbing Contractor - Certified at the state level to conduct business statewide.
- Registered Plumbing Contractor- Issued by localities, contractors must comply with their procedures to become registered to conduct business in that location. Note: Registered contractors are only eligible to conduct business the in the areas where they are registered.
How do I become a Florida Registered Plumbing Contractor?Individuals who have taken and passed a local licensing examination and have received a Certificate of Competency from a local jurisdiction may apply for a REGISTERED license. You must complete an application for Registered Contractor as an Individual form # DBPR CILB 2 The initial application fees vary depending upon when the application is submitted. See Application Requirements.
How do I become a Journeyman Plumber in Florida?Florida does not have journeyman plumbers on the state licensing level.
How do I become a Certified Plumbing Contractor in Florida?
- Obtain a passing score on all parts of the Florida State Construction examination.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Meet the educational/experience requirements.
- Be of good moral character.
- Pay all applicable fees.
- Obtain worker’s compensation coverage.
- Demonstrate financial responsibility.
How much does it cost to get a Florida Certified Plumbing Contractor license?Examination Fees: Applicants Registering for Business & Financial Management and Trade Knowledge or Business & Financial Management and/or Contract Administration and/or Project Management
- $135.00 Registration Fee Payable to Professional Testing, Inc.
- $80.00 Exam Administration Payable to the Florida DBPR
- $80.00 Business and Financial Management computer-based test (CBT) with Pearson VUE.
- Applying for initial certification between May 1st of an EVEN year through August 31st of an ODD year - $249. OR
- Applying for initial certification between September 1st of an ODD year through April 30th of an EVEN year - $149.
- Make check payable to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Is there a test required to get a Florida Certified Plumbing Contractor license?Yes, Florida Plumbing Certified Contractors will be required to complete the Business and Financial Management Exam and the Florida Plumbing Contractor Exam.
What are the examination fees for the Florida Certified Plumbing Contractor license in Florida?The examination fee for the Business and Financial Management Examination is $135.00 payable to Professional Testing Inc. (PTI) and $80.00 payable directly to the vendor, Pearson VUE, by the candidate at the time the exam is scheduled. If you do not pass the exam, you must complete a retake application with PTI, pay the examination fee of $135.00 and pay the examination administration fee of $80.00 to Pearson VUE when rescheduling. There is a 21-day waiting period between successive attempts. Please note that the same fees apply to all Trade Knowledge examinations that are offered in computer-based testing (CBT) format only. After applying, along with the $135 application fee to Professional Testing Inc. (PTI), candidates can schedule both the Trade Knowledge and Business & Finance examinations with Pearson VUE. An $80 per part administration fee must be paid to Pearson VUE at the time of scheduling.
Are there exceptions for Military Veterans, their Spouses or Florida National Guard members?Yes, experience gained in the military may be used toward the requirements for licensure. Please complete the Veteran Fee Waiver and Military Service Verification Form and submit it along with your application for licensure. Military veterans, their spouses, and Florida National Guard members may be eligible for a fee waiver, fee reimbursement, and/or fee discount. Please visit the DBPR Military Services page for more information.
What code is the Florida Certified Plumber test based on?2017 Florida Building Code – Plumbing, Sixth Edition
Are Florida Certified Plumbers tested on Law Rules and Regulations?Yes, the Business and Financial Management Exam
Where can I take the Florida Certified Plumbers license exam?Pearson VUE Test Centers located in the following cities:
How many questions are on the examinations?
- Business and finance Examination Bulletin – click here. The Business and Financial Management Examination is composed of 120 questions (Service Pool candidates will have 60 questions). It will be administered in one session via computer.
- Plumbing Contractors Examination Bulletin – click here. The General Trade Knowledge examination will be administered in two sessions. The morning session will consist of 45 equally weighted questions and 5 isometric drawings. The isometric drawings will be worth 10 points each. The afternoon session will consist of 65 equally weighted questions. Your scores for the morning and afternoon sessions will be combined to determine your total score for this examination.
What should I bring to the Florida Plumber exam?Two (2) forms of signature identification, one of which bears your picture, signature and is government issued: driver’s license, state identification card, passport or military identification card. YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO SHOW PROPER I.D. TO GAIN ADMISSION TO THE TEST SITE. Note: Student, employment I.D. cards and photo bearing credit cards are not acceptable as a picture bearing identification. Make sure your name and address are the same as provided on your application. Bring your admission slip to the test site. You will be required to show it to gain entry to an examination room. If you have NOT received your admission slip within seven (7) business days of your scheduled examination, contact the vendor at 407.264.0562 or fax: 407.264.2977
How do I know if I passed the Florida Plumber exam?All candidates will receive an official photo-bearing exam result report immediately following completion of their examination. Please verify that ALL information is correct on your exam result report before leaving the Test Center. Pencil & Paper candidates, you will receive a grade report on-site after you complete the last part of your written examination for which you were scheduled.
Are there accommodations for individuals with special needs during the plumbing licensing exam?If you need to make special testing accommodations due to a disability, you must submit a written request to the Special Testing Coordinator prior to each exam. Do not submit your accommodation request with your exam application: it must be sent directly to; Department of Business and Professional Regulation Bureau of Education and Testing Special Testing Coordinator 2601 Blair Stone Road Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0791
How often do I have to renew my plumbing license in Florida?Registered plumbing contractors renew their licenses by August 31 of odd-numbered years. Certified plumbing contractors renew their licenses by August 31 of even-numbered years. The cost to renew is $209, plus $50 per qualified business.
How do I renew my Certified Contractor Plumbers License?To renew your license, you will need to create an account with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website and complete the renewal process. Click here for the steps to create your account. Biennial License Renewal Fee Certified Contractor = $209 * Registered Contractor = $209 * * Includes $5 Unlicensed Activity fee and a fee of $4 which must be transferred to the Department of Community Affairs to fund projects relating to the building construction industry or continuing education programs offered to persons engaged in the building construction industry in Florida.
How many hours of Continuing Education do I need?14 hours board-approved continuing education is required each biennium prior to the renewal period for both certified and registered contractors. At least 1 hour must deal with workplace safety, 1 hour on the subject of worker's compensation, 1 hour on the subject of business practices, 1 hour on the subject of laws and rules and 1 hour on Florida Building Code advanced modules. A person who holds more than one certificate or registration issued by the board is required to complete the continuing education requirements only once during each biennial certification renewal period and only once during each biennial registration period.
Does Florida offer reciprocity with other States?Florida does not offer reciprocity with other States at this time.
Who do I contact regarding a plumbing license in Florida?Division of Professions Construction Industry Licensing Board 1940 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783 Phone: 850.487.1395 Website: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/index.html
Other Licensing Resources