How Are Plumbing Contractors in Pennsylvania Licensed?

How Are Plumbing Contractors in Pennsylvania Licensed?

Obtaining a plumbing license in Pennsylvania does not state specific guidelines. Currently this state has general licensing guidelines for licensed plumbers in Pennsylvania.

General Requirements to Become a Plumber

In order to become a plumber, the person should apply for a plumbing license. This license is issued by the county or city the person resides in. consequently, each city within the state can have its own plumbing license requirements. However, all counties and cities within the state of Pennsylvania agree that a plumber must have work experience as an apprentice. Before you can become licensed, your work experience would need to be completed under a plumber who is already licensed by the state.

Training Requirements to acquire a License

To acquire a license within this state, you will need to complete education and training as a plumber. You will need to be at the minimum 18 years old to be accepted and this education and training program will require you to have at the minimum a high school diploma. It is also suggested that you take courses in science, math, and mechanical drawing during this time.

There is a training program for licensed plumbers in Pennsylvania overseen by the trade organization the Plumbers Union Local 690 in which admission requires a test administered by Work Keys Test sets. As the main union within the state, the accreditation of the training program is further overseen by the national organization, the United Association of Journeymen and the Apprentices of the Plumbing.

Applications are accepted from early January and you will be required to attend an interview to determine if you are appropriate to become a plumber. The training program can be quite intense and usually involves a minimum of at the minimum 224 hours of instruction within a classroom during the year.

The Apprenticeship

The trainee plumber will be required to work as an apprentice with an experienced plumber. You will need to acquire an apprentice plumber’s card. You will work as an apprentice under an experienced journeyman plumber. The total amount of training during the apprenticeship should be the equivalent of two thousand hours of plumbing training that usually totals 576 hours of school.

After completing your apprenticeship for at the minimum four years, you will be certified in the main aspects of plumbing. For example, this will include certifications in welding, backflow prevention, and brazing. The completion of this training will also qualify you for the journeyman plumber’s license.

Obtaining a License

To start offering your service as a plumber, the journeyman’s plumber license can be applied for from the Health Department. You will need to take the state licensing examination and be required to pay a $100 examination fee before being allowed to take the test. Once you pass it, you can work for a further two years and take the master plumber’s licensing examination at a cost of $200. The master plumber license is renewed yearly for a cost of $300 and both of these licensing exams are administered twice per year.

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