Should You Become An Idaho Plumber? Part 1: Salary

This is part 1 of our series on becoming a plumber Idaho. Read Part 2: Training & Education or Part 3: Career.

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?

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Construction currently counts for 6.1% of the state's GDP and $1.9 billion in wages each year. Plumbers in the state make an average of $43,693 per year - more than 4% greater than private sector employees make. Not only do plumbers receive a higher than average median wage, they do not have to rack up student loans while preparing for their job. Instead, plumbers must complete four years of on-the-job experience as a paid apprentice before becoming licensed Journeyman. In other words, rather than spending thousands of dollars to attend college and get a job, you can work as a paid apprentice for four years, rack up zero debt, and be eligible for a job that pays 4% more than your college counterpart.


What training is required to become a licensed plumber? Read Part 2 to find out!


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How To Get A Georgia Plumbers License

Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Georgia?

Individuals must be licensed to perform any type of plumbing work without a licensed supervisor.

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Georgia?

  • Journeyman
  • Class 1 (Restricted Master)
  • Class 2 (Unrestricted Master).

How do I get a journeyman plumber license in Georgia?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • 3 years of qualifying experience
    • Provide 3 notarized original reference forms from licensed plumbers who can attest to your plumbing experience
  2. Submit a completed application and non-refundable $30 fee with documentation of the required experience and other qualifications and reference information.
  3. Wait for the Board approval letter.
  4. Submit a completed examination scheduling form with the $223 fee
  5. Pass the Journeyman Plumber Exam - Get started with online exam prep! 
    • NOTE: If you fail the plumbing licensing exam twice, you will have to complete a review course before taking the third examination. The review course must be conducted by a college, post-secondary technical school, or military service or by a private agency that meets the requirements.
  6. Pass the examination

How do I get a Master plumbing license in Georgia?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • 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
  2. Submit a completed application and non-refundable $30 fee with documentation of the required experience and other qualifications and reference information.
  3. Wait for the Board approval letter.
  4. Submit a completed examination scheduling form with the $223 fee
  5. Pass the Journeyman Plumber Exam - Get started with online exam prep! 
    • NOTE: If you fail the plumbing licensing exam twice, you will have to complete a review course before taking the third examination. The review course must be conducted by a college, post-secondary technical school, or military service or by a private agency that meets the requirements.
  6. Pass the examination

Are Georgia’s plumber exams open book?

No

What should I bring to Georgia’s plumber exams?

You must bring two forms of identification:

  1. One must be a valid form of government-issued identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport) which bears your signature and has your photograph.
  2. The second ID must have your signature and preprinted legal name.

Where can I take Georgia’s plumber exam?

The exams are through AMP which is a subsidiary of PSI here are the exam center locations.

Atlanta (Decatur), Georgia (AMP)
2891 N. Decatur Rd
Suite D, E and F
Decatur, GA 30033 US

Atlanta (Duluth), Georgia (AMP)
3505 Koger Blvd
Suite 175
Duluth, GA 30096 US

Atlanta (Marietta), Georgia (AMP)
2100 Roswell Road NE, Suite 2128
Pavillions at East Lake
Marietta, GA 30062 US

Macon, Georgia (AMP)
6394 Zebulon Road
Suite 102
Macon, GA 31220 US

Savannah, Georgia (AMP)
6001 Chatham Center Drive
Chatham Center, Orlean Building #155
Savannah, GA 31405 US

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