How do I Become a Plumber Apprentice?

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Plumbers are responsible for installing and keeping pipes working in a home or office building. There are two common ways that a person can become a plumber: by taking an apprenticeship, or by going to a trade school. Trade schools cost money, and you don’t earn any money while you are learning. Becoming a plumber apprentice may be a better way to become a plumber, because you can earn while you learn. A good place to start your journey to become a plumber apprentice is by contacting local plumbers.

Before you start planning how to become a plumber apprentice, make sure you want to work on pipes as your career. In most areas, apprentices must be at least 16 years of age. You may need to get working papers from a school in order to apply for and accept an apprenticeship.

Next, contact the plumbers in your area and inquire as to whether they are looking to take on an apprentice. You should be able to find a list of local plumbers in the phone book. Be prepared to tell them why you want to work in this field, and what qualifications you have. Let the plumber know what other qualities you can bring to the job, such as reliability and responsibility. Don’t be shy about stating your good qualities.


Make sure that you can pass a drug test. Most plumbers are not interested in hiring apprentices who won’t be able to perform to the best of their abilities. Employers are also looking for someone they can train to become part of their team in the future. Drug tests are becoming more common, so expect to have to take one.

Find out whether the plumber you want to become a plumber apprentice under is certified, if required. Requirements vary by state and country, with some areas requiring a written exam. Even if your locality does not have any legal requirements, you still want to work for someone who is certified, if possible. This can indicate that they have knowledge to share with you.

In many cases, when you become a plumber apprentice, you agree to start working for a low wage. After you prove yourself, you can work your way up the ladder and to a higher paycheck. An apprenticeship usually lasts for at least three years, and often longer.


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