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Household Plumbing Systems Under Stress with More People at Home

Toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs are getting a lot more use with everyone stuck at home.

WJBF News talked to Drain Surgeon Plumbing, and plumber Kevin Coleman says their team has had to snake out a lot of drains being filled with non-flushable items. Those items are also ending up inside sewage treatment facilities where it’s clogging up even more systems. Even items that are supposed to be flushed, like regular toilet paper, can sometimes cause problems because people are simply using more of it.

Georgia Pacific has been cited as saying households are using 40% more material while they’re all home during quarantine.

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.

The Sentinel in Pennsylvania says local plumbers have been responding to many calls that are either emergencies or extremely urgent, while more routine maintenance and fixes have been put off.

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.


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  • Opportunity to create course materials or simply present materials we have created.
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