3 Steps to Become a Journeyman Plumber
Posted by testmypipe at February 8th, 2016
So you have already landed a job or have been working as an apprentice plumber and want to become a journeyman plumber but you are not sure what steps to take to get there the fastest.
If this is not you and you are completely new to this trade you might want to take a look at our guide on how to start off your career as a plumber here.
There are 3 steps you need to take become a journeyman plumber
Step #1: Math Skills
You may not need a formal education to start your apprentice program but let me tell you now, without math skills you are not likely to get very far as a plumber and this is for a number of reasons but we can summarize it with one main point, we don’t want our pipes to crack, our pipelines to fall, or our sewers to flood. Get those math skills and get ahead. You will need them to pass your journeyman exam.
If you don’t feel your math skills are that sharp you can check our complete journeyman exam study guide which will help you sharpen your math skills as well as every other area.
Step #2: Pass your state’s journeyman plumber exam
Every state has different plumbing laws so some technicalities will change from state to state, but we cover all of these in our study guide. Note some states will require you to go through the classroom and take the required classes while you are completing your apprenticeship while in other states you may be able to start working with a private company and acquire the necessary experience while on the job. Typically you will have to work for about 2 years before you can take your journeyman’s examination. You can check the specific requirements for your state here.
Step #3: Pay and get your journeyman state license
After passing your exam you will receive a journeyman certification as well as your state license, which has to be renewed yearly and a fee has to be paid with every renewal, but don’t worry about the fee now you can ask your boss for a raise!