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What Does It Take To Be A Plumber?

What Does It Take To Be A Plumber?

Best Plumbing is proud to employ plumbers who are passionate about the work they do. Are you interested in pursuing a rewarding career in plumbing? Follow along as we take you through what it takes to become a certified plumber in Washington State.

Getting Certified

Anyone looking to pursue a career in plumbing is required by law to become certified by the state of Washington. This helps to ensure that plumbing services meet certain standards. Plumbing can be highly technical at times, and improperly trained workers can cause serious damage. Therefore, it is critical that plumbers earn one of the various certifications provided by Washington State.

To become a plumber, you’ll begin as a trainee, working with a plumber who is already certified as a Journey Level or Specialty Plumber. The work you do under their supervision will supply the required hours you need to become certified.

 Plumber Position Options

Depending on your interests, there are a number of certifications you can pursue in plumbing. Becoming a Journey Level Plumber will certify you to work in every single phase of plumbing construction. While this is one of the most intensive certifications, it will make you extremely hirable and allow you to work laterally across the field of plumbing.

If you would prefer to earn a certification in a specific area of plumbing, there are a number of available options. Washington State currently provides certifications for Residential, Pump and Irrigation, Domestic Well, and Backflow. Each of these certifications has their own set of requirements, with some also necessitating additional certifications. Pump and Irrigation, for example, requires an electrical certification in addition to its other prerequisites.

 Continuing Education

The plumbing world is always changing as new technological advancements change the way buildings are built. As such, plumbers are required to renew their certifications every few years by taking continuing education classes that must be approved by the state of Washington. The exact number of hours and credits will vary depending on the specific certification, but all aspiring plumbers should be avid learners who have an interest in continually bettering themselves through further education.

Becoming a certified plumber requires years of on the job training. Best Plumbing is looking for hard-working, experienced employees to serve the greater Seattle area. If you’re interested in a position, then take a look at our employment opportunities. If you’re a homeowner who is in need of expert plumbing services, then give us a call! Our new and existing employees are looking forward to helping you with all of your plumbing needs!

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