There Are Two Ways To Become a Plumber
There are two ways to become a plumber. One way is to go to a trade school and learn by the book and the second way of becoming a plumber is to become an apprentice. There are advantages and disadvantages of both methods. There is no law saying that you have to go to school to become a plumber, all you need is to pass your license test and then you are a plumber. As long as you pass it doesn’t matter how.
Let’s say you wanted to be a plumber by going to school. There are plumbing schools in all 50 United States. You have to find one that is accredited and a low tuition. Plumbing school is not free so shop around if there is more than one in your area. Then you may have to spend maybe 6 months to a year attending school. They will teach you all the parts and fittings, plus the difference between piping and tubing. When you are done you will have all the knowledge of parts. This is good because they are a very, very important key to plumbing.
Then you will have a class that will teach you how to plumb. An instructor will show you how to plumb in a toilet or maybe how to install a sink or snake a drain. Then after the school is over and you know how to do those tasks head on. After all that is the other side to plumbing is how to do the work. Let me ask you, if you take a wood shop class in high school and you can make a book shelf, does that mean you are ready to be a carpenter?
Now, the pros and cons of being an apprentice. Being a helper or apprentice if you will is a great way to learn hands on what you need to learn to plumb a sink or snake a drain or install a toilet. You get to see and do it hands on. Which is excellent and chances are you will get paid. But at the end of the day, the things you learned to do that day will differ from what you will learn the next day. You need a great memory to be able to remember everything you did that day.
Chances are you won’t remember and you can’t stop to take notes if you are hands on. So the answer the question, which is better a plumbing school or apprentice. The answer is a little bit from both worlds. By going to school you learn the parts and the techniques used in do plumbing tasks and the best of being an apprentice is that you get to do more hands on work.
If you want to be a plumber and you are thinking about going to school, do it, enroll and take the classes and learn and then find an after school job that will be able to show you how to apply what you learned with the world of plumbing. More information here