5 Steps to Becoming a Plumber (And Expanding Your Business!)

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Jun 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Have you always wondered whether or not you have what it takes to work for yourself and grow your own plumbing business?

If so, we know that getting started is sometimes the hardest part.

In this post, we'll fill you in on the five major steps that you need to take if you're interested in becoming a plumber.

When you're ready to get started, read on.

1. Asses your Current Skills

The first step in learning how to become a plumber?

Make sure that you have the skill set needed for the job.

In most cases, you'll need to enroll in a technical school to master the trade -- but you'll also need to have the right personality.

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Can you brand yourself and your business, write a business plan, and handle the flexible workload, hours, and payment?

Can you deal with tough customers and hire the right people to help you?

Consider these things first and foremost.

2. Find the Right Courses

Now, you need to make sure you have the technical skills and requirements to become a plumber.

Enroll in a trade school to complete the required hours and learn things like electrical basics, how to use the right tools, how to handle pipe and heating systems, and draining systems.

Make sure now is truly the right time to go to plumbing school, and look for flexible options if you have a day job.

3. Work Under an Established Plumber

To understand how to become a plumber apprentice, and to connect with the right professionals, get in touch with already-established plumbers in your area.

They'll likely be glad to take on an apprentice to help manage larger workloads.

This will give you not only the experience in the industry and help you to meet the technical requirements of a course you're taking.

It will also provide you with valuable networking contacts when you're ready to start out on your own.

4. Know Licensing Requirements

Depending on the state where you plan to work, you may need to pass an exam in order to become a licensed plumber.

This will usually be the final step in your educational requirements.

Use this site to learn about your local licensing requirements.

Remember to always keep copies of your license on hand, and to show it to all who request it.

5. Create a Website

Once you've mastered the technical side of becoming a plumber, it's time to focus on advertising and branding.

Start by creating a website that's filled with your services, hours, location, and especially reviews from past clients.

Submit your site to local business directories, invest in an SEO strategy, and start a plumbing blog.

For an example of an effective plumbing business website, check out the Benjamin Franklin water heater repair site for inspiration.

Is Becoming a Plumber Right for You?

We hope this post has helped you to decide whether or not becoming a plumber is the best career path for your skill set and your local job market.

Looking for more advice about how to find the right trade school? Want to connect with plumbing professionals to get an apprenticeship?

Be sure to check out our job board and business blog to learn more about how to make it happen.