Are you a South Florida resident thinking of becoming a plumber? There are plenty of reasons to consider this profession. For one thing, people will always need toilets, sinks, pipes, and drainage systems. As long as these things are being used, they will break, need replacing, or ongoing maintenance. That means there will never be a shortage of plumbing experts. As a plumber, you will learn many valuable skills to provide you with a long, successful career. You can work independently, or under a contractor.
The Florida government requires licensing for the plumbing profession. There are also licenses, training, insurance policies, and bonds one must acquire before being able to practice. Overall, this process can take up to four years.
If you want to become a plumber in South Florida, we’ll help break down some of the process involved.
The requirements for becoming a plumber in Florida vary depending on whether you are working individually or as a contractor:
An individual working in an apprentice program does not require a license. If you are working for yourself, you will need to obtain a license by your local authorities to become either a journeyman or master plumber. What are those exactly? Keep reading.
A journeyman plumber must be a legal adult, pass a licensing exam, and pay licensing fees. These fees vary between $65 to $200. To complete the apprentice program, you must have a minimum of four years of plumbing experience.
To become a master plumber, you must also be a legal adult who has paid the licensing fees. You will also need to pass a test on business principles, depending on the county you will be working in. Additionally, you will need a minimum of seven years of plumbing experience, two of which must include work as a journeyman. Save the evidence of this employment for future reference in the form of W2 documents.
Contractor plumbers must have a minimum of four years of experience, with one year working as a foreman. You will also need to pass a criminal background check and prove financial stability with bank statements or tax returns. Proof of a bond is also required.
If the process of obtaining a plumbing license seems overwhelming, you can still work without one – but your opportunities will be more limited. As an unlicensed plumber, you will be able to repair broken pipes and unclog drains, as well as provide estimates for other repairs. But without a license, you won’t be able to install new pipes or repair water heaters.
Three types of plumbing licenses exist in Florida: apprenticeship, journeymen, and master plumbers. Experience levels differ for each license, but as the title implies, “master” affords the most benefits. As a master plumber, you not only have the most employment opportunities and can make more money, but you also take on the role of training apprentice plumbers. As apprentice and journeymen plumbers, experience comes with on-the-job-training before you must take an exam. Master plumbers need a minimum of seven to ten years of experience to earn the title.
Interested in becoming a plumber? The skills you learn will serve you and keep you employed for years to come. Your plumbing career in South Florida will be long and rewarding! To learn more about becoming a plumber, gain valuable experience, learn more about licensing requirements, or ask about our plumbing services, contact Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric in Boca Raton at 1-561-391-1048.