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What Is a Licensed Plumber and How to Become One

What Is a Licensed Plumber?

A licensed plumber diagnoses and repairs pipeline and plumbing problems. Plumbers complete a range of duties, including reading and interpreting blueprints to locate drainage systems, dismantling sinks, bathtubs, and toilets to examine and assemble pipe sections, repairing valves, selecting the most fitting tools for plumbing jobs, and installing water pumps. Licensed plumbers fulfill these job responsibilities in addition to preparing work estimates, negotiating plumbing contracts, and planning major plumbing projects.

How to Become a Licensed Plumber

Becoming a licensed plumber starts with completing an apprenticeship program. As an apprentice, you will learn about plumbing and related trades, including how to select the best equipment for each plumbing job, and how to install pipe assemblies, valves, and water pumps. Once you advance to the journeyman plumber level, you need to inquire with your state licensing board about plumbing license requirements. Licensed plumbers must drive to plumbing jobs, so you must maintain a clean driving record.