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How to Become a Licensed Plumber in Texas

Summary

Skilled tradesmen are often in demand, and plumbers are no exception. You'll find skilled plumbers working in homes, businesses, and factories, in fact anywhere where there are pipes and related systems. Starting the path towards becoming a plumber in Texas only requires a high school diploma. From there you'll start as a plumber's apprentice and move through the level of journeyman plumber to master plumber. Along the way, you'll need to complete many hours of on-the-job training and pass exams. Labor statistics show that when you become a plumber you'll have the opportunity to earn a competitive salary in a secure and growing field. In this article, we'll examine how to become a licensed plumber in Texas and how to apply for a plumbing license.

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Why become a licensed plumber?

To work as a plumber in the state of Texas you'll need to have a license from the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE). The plumbing examiners of the TSBPE are responsible for all aspects of licensing, including applications, renewals, and examinations.

The job market for licensed plumbers

The job market for plumbers is dependent upon construction, maintenance, and repair. Their work is also vital in ensuring a safe and sanitary water supply. In a growing economic environment like in the state of Texas, this makes for excellent job prospects. Job growth for plumbers nationwide over the last decade has been around 4% annually, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics.

Salary prospects for the plumbing field

Median salaries of licensed plumbers average nearly $60,000 per year. Getting your foot in the door only requires a high school diploma, so becoming a licensed plumber is an excellent career path for many. Given the consistent demand for plumbers, salary prospects will probably improve over time.

Plumbing license law and license types in Texas

You must have a license to perform plumbing work in the state of Texas. There are several types of plumbing licenses in Texas. The type of license you qualify for will reflect your training, experience, and competency as measured by examination by the state board of plumbing.

There are four different levels of plumber's licenses in Texas: Tradesman Plumber-Limited, Journeyman Plumber, Master Plumber, and Plumbing Inspector. To begin your training and career track you must first become an Apprentice Plumber.

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Apprentice Plumber

Apprentice plumber programs are administered by plumbers' unions and contractors. To enter into an apprenticeship program you'll need to have completed high school or have a general equivalency diploma, plus taken vocational training in plumbing basics at the community college level.

Once in an apprenticeship program, you'll receive both classroom and on-the-job training. Apprenticeship programs typically last for 4-5 years, and you must work under the direct supervision of a plumber with a Journeyman or higher license.

Tradesman Plumber - Limited

With a Tradesman Plumber - Limited license you may work on the plumbing in one- or two-family homes while under the supervision of a Responsible Master Plumber.

License requirements

Among the requirements to apply for this license, you must:

After your application, you'll be required to pass the Tradesman Plumber - Limited examination to receive your license.

Journeyman Plumber

With a Journeyman Plumbing license, you may work on any plumbing job site while under the supervision of a Responsible Master Plumber. Journeymen may also supervise Plumber Apprentices and those with a Trademan Plumber - Limited license.

License requirements

The Journeyman Plumber license may be applied for after meeting these and other requirements:

  • You are registered as an Apprentice Plumber or licensed as a Tradesman Plumber - Limited
  • You have 8000 hours of plumbing working experience
  • Complete a 48-hour training course approved by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE)

After your application, you'll be required to pass the Journeyman Plumber examination to receive your license.

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Master Plumber

Plumbers in Texas with a Master Plumber license may work on any plumbing job site while under the supervision of a Responsible Master Plumber. Master Plumbers may also supervise Plumber Apprentices and those with a Trademan Plumber - Limited license.

License requirements

You may apply for a Master Plumber license after meeting these requirements:

  • You have held a Journeyman Plumbing License for at least 4 years in the state of Texas
  • Hold a Journeyman or Master license in another state (see the TSBPE website for details)

After your application, you'll be required to pass the Master Plumber examination to receive your Master Plumber license.

Responsible Master Plumber

If you want to run a plumbing business, even as an individual, you'll need this license. As a Responsible Master Plumber, you must complete training in business as well as code-driven rules and regulations.

License requirements

These are some of the prerequisites for this step up from the Master Plumbing license:

  • You currently hold a license in Texas as a Master Plumber
  • Complete a 24-hour training course approved by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE)
  • Submit proof that you have a minimum of $300,000 of commercial liability insurance coverage

There is no examination requirement for this license.

Endorsements

Endorsements allow you to perform specialized plumbing work. There are three endorsements available with your Texas plumbing license. All of these endorsements require the Journeyman or Master plumbing license and work under the supervision of a Responsible Master Plumber who holds this endorsement.

Medical Gas Piping Installation

With this endorsement, you may install piping used to transport medical gases. You must complete a 24-hour training course approved by the Texas State Board and pass an examination to qualify.

Multipurpose Residential Fire Protection Sprinkler Specialist

With this endorsement, you may install multipurpose residential fire protection sprinkler systems in single or two-family dwellings You must complete a 24-hour training course approved by the Texas State Board and pass an examination to qualify.

Water Supply Protection Specialist

This endorsement allows you to install, service, or repair plumbing for the use, treatment, and distribution of rainwater to supply plumbing fixtures, appliances, or irrigation systems. You must complete a 24-hour training course approved by the Texas State Board and pass an examination to qualify.

Opportunities with Team Enoch

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