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How Do I Become a Plumber?

Written by Autumn Granza on Thursday, 24 October 2019. Posted in Career

Pipes in building.

You’re good with your hands and enjoy problem-solving. You have physical strength and you’re energized by troubleshooting issues. Plunge into a career that uses all your skills with Ashworth’s Plumbing Career Diploma.

What is the job description of a plumber?

Pipes are part of all modern structures, so plumbers are essential to home and business owners. As a plumber, you’ll install and repair water, drainage, gas, and other pipe systems. You may also install bathtubs, toilets, dishwashers, and water heaters, as well as maintain septic systems. You’ll also determine the necessary materials for a job, connect pipes, and perform tests.

How long does it take to train to be a plumber?

Finding a career that encompasses all your skills may sound like a pipedream, but with Ashworth’s plumbing program you can train for the field in as little as four months. While studying at your own pace, you’ll learn tasks essential to your job, like how to work with pipes, valves, and fittings. You’ll complete lessons such as

  • Safety, Tools, and Fixtures. In this lesson, you’ll learn about standard safety practices that are required on construction-related job sites. You’ll also cover the identification and safe application of tools that plumbers use.
  • Preparing to Install Plumbing Systems. This lesson covers how to safely lift and position materials, proper excavation techniques, and describes plumbing codes and their interpretation and application.
  • Sewer, HVAC, Recreational, and Irrigation Systems. In this lesson, you’ll learn the applications of plumbing materials and installation practices for septic and storm-water removal as well as the systems that are used for pools, spas, and hot tubs.
  • Professional Plumbing. You’ll receive an overview of the opportunities that are available for plumbers. This lesson will also cover the history of plumbing, professional organizations, formal training, and apprenticeship programs.

Most states require plumbers to complete an apprenticeship, which can last four to five years. Apprentices typically receive paid on-the-job training and after completion are considered journey workers. Most states also require plumbers to be licensed. Licensing, training, and other requirements vary and each state has its own contact information to find out more information.

What is the average annual salary of a plumber?

In 2021, plumbers earned a median salary of $59,880 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After completing our plumbing program, you should be able to describe the application and installation of standard plumbing fixtures and have an understanding of the career opportunities available to plumbers. The skills you learn can help you enter the job field. Your salary may increase as you become more experienced or based on your location.

Learn skills to help you succeed with Ashworth

Learn how to work with pipes and valves, how to install appliances, and more all at your own pace. If you’re ready to start your career journey towards becoming a plumber with Ashworth, call an Admissions Advisor at or enroll online today.

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