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How to Become a Plumber After High School

Posted on: March 24, 2016

So the day is almost here—the day you graduate high school! Congratulations! You will soon go from structure where you had to go to school every day to endless opportunity where you choose your career and the path you wish you take. So, what do you want to do? What would you like to be in a year from now or ten years from now?

At the age of 18, it’s okay if you don’t know. However, you might be able to weed out what doesn’t interest you. For example, maybe a large university or a four year degree is not for you—it’s okay. Maybe you are looking for a hands on career where you can interact with people and do something different every day that doesn’t take years of schooling. If so, maybe you are looking for a trade and a trade school in Illinois. Have you considered a plumbing career?

Plumbing is a career that not many 18 year olds think of; but, it can be a life changing career that is dependable and secure. When choosing a career, think of one that will be still around in 10, 20, even 30 years from now. Water, toilets, sump pumps, and more may become more technologically advanced; however, we will always need a professional to install plumbing units and troubleshoot when necessary.

If you’re interested in becoming a plumber after high school, but are unsure how, let Illinois Plumbing Consultants (IPC) help! Read below or give us a call to learn more.

Steps to Become a Plumber in Illinois

Note that each state has different rules and regulations regarding plumbing licensures. In Illinois, becoming a professional plumber requires several steps.

First, it’s important to take a plumbing prep class to prepare for the licensed test. At Illinois Plumbing Consultants, we offer prep classes in the Chicago area that offers hands on experiences and classroom training to teach you the trade, important safety concerns, how to repair plumbing parts, and more. After you take several classes, it’s time to prepare for the test.

Preparing for the test can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months—depending on how much time and effort you are putting in. We recommend taking the mock test. A mock test is simply a test that shows you areas you need to improve on. After you take the mock test, you can prepare for the actual test and be more confident during the real thing!

Once you are trained and prepared for the test, you can schedule a testing session for the Illinois Plumbing License. After you pass and become a licensed plumber, your education isn’t over. Plumbing parts are upgraded every day—so it is important to stay up to date with trends and new equipment. Whether you own your own plumbing practice one day or you work for another plumbing company, stay up to date with technology so you can stay competitive! IPC offers classes for those that are already licensed but are just looking to expand their career.

Become a Plumber in Illinois

If you’re looking to become a plumber after high school in the Chicago or Rockford area, count on IPC to help you master your career. Call us or contact us online to register for classes today!

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John Bertram

John Bertram has been in the plumbing industry since 1985. He has worked in both commercial and residential shops for over twenty years, and John has been a plumbing inspector since 2005.

Rick Sperando

Rick Sperando has been in the plumbing industry for over 35 years. He successfully owns and operates a local plumbing and mechanical company as well as IPC.

Scott Underwood

Scott Underwood brings over 20 years of industry experience along with 10 years of instruction. He currently holds his IL Plumbers License as well as his CCCDI license. Scott is currently a co-owner of a successful plumbing company in McHenry County.

Guy Curtis Smale

My duties as the City of McHenry plumbing inspector include plan review of all new plumbing work as well remodeling projects, inspection of all plumbing being installed or repaired in the City as well as the Village of Prairie Grove, property maintenance issues related to the State Plumbing Code, working with the County Health Dept.

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