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How Long Does It Take To Become a Plumber?

Are you interested in becoming a licensed plumber? If so, we have the answers for you. Your first step is to locate a plumbing school and apply to its program. The next step is to complete a plumbing apprenticeship.

Altogether, schooling takes about four years or longer. The third step in fulfilling your plumber requirements is to pass the state licensing examination. Once you’ve completed all these requirements, you’re eligible to become a licensed plumber.

What To Look for in a Plumbing Apprenticeship Program

With a skilled trade like plumbing, it’s important that your apprenticeship includes a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on experience working in the field, and advanced training under the supervision of an experienced plumber.

The course instructors should have several years of experience teaching and working as a plumber. You’ll also want to make sure your plumbing school offers a well-rounded education before you enroll.

At the minimum, the plumbing apprentice program of your choice should offer:

  • OSHA safety training
  • Detailed instruction in chemistry, mathematics, physics, blueprint reading, and drafting
  • In-depth examination of state codes
  • Advanced training in water treatment systems, water heaters, plumbing appliances, and plumbing fixtures

At Illinois Plumbing Consultants, we teach all of these topics. We also make sure our students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with:

  • Natural gas piping and installations
  • Installation of residential water and waste systems
  • Repair and troubleshooting techniques
  • Installation of sewer, venting, and waste systems

Day-to-Day Life as a Plumber Apprentice

Before you can apply for a plumbing apprenticeship program, you’re required to have obtained a sponsor. They must be licensed and bonded for your hours to count toward your apprenticeship.

You’ll work side by side with your sponsor providing plumbing support as you learn the trade. To get the most out of the experience, be certain to ask your sponsor to explain plumbing techniques you don’t understand.

Preparing for the State Plumbing Exam

After spending years in the classroom and working as a plumber apprentice, you need to demonstrate your skills on a state plumbing exam. Our plumbing school offers a mock plumbing test to help you prepare for the exam with confidence.

This is an excellent way to determine your strong and weak areas before you take the actual test. It also helps you prepare for the practical application portion of the state plumbing exam.

At Illinois Plumbing Consultants, we designed our exam to mimic the type of material you’ll find on the actual state exam. The five sections of the exam include cast iron, copper, drawing, practical, and PVC.

Any practice exam you’re considering taking should cover all of these areas. The best time to take your mock plumbing test is during the third or fourth year of your apprenticeship.

Learn more about how you can register today.

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Our Instructors Have Real-World Experience
Jeff Swanson

Jeff brings over 50 years of experience in the trades. He is a Master Plumber, Master Pump Installer, Licensed CCCDI, EPA certified in lead removal, HVAC Certified Technician, EPA certified refrigerant practices instructor and IDPH Certified Instructor.

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.

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