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How Long Does It Take to Become a Licensed Plumber?

If you have thought about becoming a licensed plumber, you are picking a worthwhile career path. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job growth for this field will increase 14% faster than the average through 2028. This is a career that pays an above-average salary, too. However, it’s important to remember that there are education and apprenticeship requirements. You must be at least 20 years old to get started.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind about the length of time it takes to become a licensed plumber.

Exact Requirements Vary by State

Keep in mind that the exact length requirements to become a licensed plumber are determined by the rules and regulations of the state where you live and plan to work. Some states have more stringent rules while others offer more leeway. So, when you are preparing to embark on this path, visit the professional licensing agency’s website or office in person and gather the most up to date information.


Becoming a licensed plumber requires training but not a college degree. To get started in this field, you need a high school education. From there, you can enter a formal apprenticeship program under a licensed electrician. Some electricians also attend a trade school, which can provide credit toward an apprenticeship program. The length of time to apply for the license is not impacted by additional education requirements.


To be allowed to take the plumbing licensing exam, candidates must meet both the education and experience requirements. To qualify to take the plumbing license exam in Orange, California, for example, you must have four years of experience as a foreman, supervisor or journeyman. Plus, you must possess at least one year of practical experience. The total time it takes can be anywhere between 2-5 years depending on where you live and where you will work.

At We Care Plumbing, Heating & Solar in Orange, CA, all our plumbers are licensed. We also have trained technicians to offer HVAC services related to heating, solar and cooling. Call us today to learn more.

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