Asking to become a plumbing apprentice working for a plumbing company or requesting to become the apprentice of a licensed plumber is the way to get your feet wet and entry into your new and fascinating career in plumbing.
States have their own individual requirements for how your work as a plumbing apprentice will be credited. Make sure to red the classifieds of your local paper regularly as plumbing companies often advertise in newspapers seeking candidates to consider for plumbing apprenticeships.
Plumbing apprentices and those that have been awarded with plumbing apprenticeships use the opportunity as an "apprentice" to learn new skills and polish them as they work towards becoming professional plumbers, while also most often earning pay. As a plumbing apprentice you can gain much skill and experience that you can take with you as you progress in your plumbing career You can gain skills and experience learning how to install boilers, bathroom an kitchen plumbing, soldering, pipe bending, electrical wiring, and much more. Plumbing is a very technical field and so the more technical training that you can get as a plumbing apprentice will mean a better future for you in plumbing.
How long do plumbing apprenticeships and plumbing apprentice training usually last? The best training will take approximately four years to complete, although a shorter time for completing your apprentice training is possible. I would advise taking as much time as you need and as much time as is made available to you by the plumbing professional working with you to learn as much as you can and to practice and hone your plumbing skills. Trying to rush your way to the finish line could keep you from getting the plumbing work you want later on and the better earnings that well trained plumbers make.
A plumbing apprenticeship and the skills and experience you will gain from it can help you in securing top plumbing jobs in the future. Top plumbing companies tend to hire those willing to work as plumbing apprentices over those expecting to gain an entry position in the company without the willingness to work as a plumbing apprentice first. The pay may only be average at first as a plumbing apprentice. However, as you demonstrate your mastery of the skills you have been taught, it is common for employers to reward this with increases in pay. This is great when it happens, but also keep in mind how much more money you will be able to earn as a trained, licensed plumber after you have completed a plumbing apprenticeship, should your pay not increase while in training.
Before you know it you will be able to transition from plumbing apprentice to a licensed plumber making good money working in an interesting job.