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.  

Plumbing might be your passion (good for you!), but unfortunately you can’t pay your bills with passion alone. That’s why we developed the Pricing Plumbing for Profit course. For only $99 (or bundled with continuing education course packages in many states), you get a step-by-step tutorial that explains how to to accurately account for your costs, then apply those costs to an estimate. The course also includes a downloadable workbook, so you can customize all calculations to your liking!

Here's a preview from the first lesson:

If you have any questions about our courses or your continuing education requirements, give us a call to talk to a licensing expert: 1-800-727-7104

Pricing Plumbing for Profit - 2 Hours

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.

How do I become a journeyman plumber in Vermont?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • Include Certificate of Completion provided by the Vermont State Apprenticeship Council,
    • A certified statement of licensure or completed apprenticeship from another state acceptable to the board,
    • OR Document showing successful completion of the instruction, training an experience in or out of the state acceptable to the board (to include at least 12,000 hours).
      All hours must be documented by affidavits from a licensed Master Plumber.
  2. Complete a Journeyman License Application
  3. Pay the $90 Application Fee
  4. Pass the Journeyman Plumber Exam - Study before you test!

How do I become a master plumber in Vermont?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • Licensed as a Vermont Journeyman for at least 12 months
    • OR Currently licensed outside the state for 1 year equal to a Vermont Journeyman
    • OR Any person who completes an application for a Master License and documents successful completion of
      instruction, training, and experience in or out of the state acceptable to the board. (to include at least 14,000hrs )
      All hours must be documented by affidavits from a licensed Master Plumber
  2. Complete a Master License Application
  3. Pay the $120 Application Fee
  4. Pass the Master Plumber Exam - Study before you test!

What are the examination fees for plumbers’ in Vermont?

$65 for pencil and paper exam, $100 for computer exam.

What fees are associated with a plumbing license in Vermont?

For a Journeyman, $90
For a Master, $120

How often do I renew my Vermont plumber license?

You must renew your license every two years. If your license has lapsed, it may be renewed within 90 days of its expiration date along with a $15 reinstatement fee in addition to the renewal fee.

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.

Is continuing education required to renew my Vermont master plumbing license?

Yes, you must complete 8-hours of continuing education each cycle including 2-hours of code review.


We are looking for instructors and presenters to help us grow our plumbing school. If you are a UPC plumber, have experience working with Fire Sprinkler Systems or have ideas for plumber courses, we want to hear from you. 

Benefits to becoming part of our instructor/presenter team

  • Opportunity to create course materials or simply present materials we have created.
  • Option for bulk payment or passive income
  • Nationwide name recognition in your field
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