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Illinois Plumbing License Prep Program

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As is the case with many skilled trades, you become a plumber through a combination of classroom education and a plumbing apprenticeship. During your apprenticeship, you’ll work with a professional who has extensive experience in your field. By the time you complete your apprenticeship and complete a license test preparation program, you will be ready to take the state plumbing exam.

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The Illinois Plumbing License Prep Program


Our plumbing license prep program combines classroom teaching, hands-on experience, and advanced plumbing training to prepare you for a career as a plumber. During the program, you will study Illinois Plumbing Code and learn how to apply it to your work. You’ll spend time learning practical skills in our workshop and practicing hands-on at job sites. This well-rounded program will help to prepare you for licensing as a professional plumber.

The classroom instruction portion of our program includes all of the following:

  • Explanation and discussion of state code.
  • Instruction in drafting and blueprint readings.
  • Instruction in applied mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
  • OSHA safety training.

The hands-on portion of our program includes all of the following:

  • Waste, sewer, and vent system installation.
  • Residential water and waste system installation.
  • Natural gas piping and installation.
  • Troubleshooting and repair.

Apprentices are also provided with training related to:

  • Water treatment systems.
  • Water heating systems.
  • Plumbed appliances.
  • Plumbing fixtures.

Working As a Plumber Apprentice

After receiving a bit of classroom training, you are ready to apply to a plumbing apprenticeship program. You will want to search for “plumbing apprenticeship programs near me” or talk to your trade school about opportunities. To enter a plumbing apprenticeship, you will need a high school diploma or GED, and you must be 18 years of age or older.

As a plumber apprentice, you will be responsible for providing support to the plumber with whom you work. In the classroom, you’ll dedicate yourself to gaining practical knowledge and applying plumbing code. When you’ve finished your apprenticeship, you can take the state-level licensing test so that you can practice as a professional plumber in Illinois. You’ll use the skills that you learn during your apprenticeship for your entire career.

Holding a plumber apprenticeship requires a sponsor so that your time as a student can be counted toward your apprenticeship. Sponsorship by a bonded and licensed plumber also is required when you apply for a state plumbing license. Note that Illinois Plumbing Consultants does not act as a sponsor.

At IPC, we’re proud to offer the best apprenticeship program in the Crystal Lake, IL area. Our instructors provide the best training possible so that you can enjoy a successful career in this field. Remember that you can only find true professional excellence through education.

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Areas we service: Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Belvidere, Buffalo Grove, Cary, Chicago, Crystal Lake, Deerfield, Elgin, Evanston, Geneva, Grayslake, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Lake in the Hills, Libertyville, Loves Park, Machesney Park, McHenry, Naperville, Rockford, Roscoe, Saint Charles, Schaumburg, Skokie, Waukegan, and Wheaton.

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Our Instructors Have Real-World Experience
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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