Plumbing Central

May 2, 2010

The Master Plumber License

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 12:20 am

Howdy folks, I wanted to take a quick moment to write a little post for those aspiring plumbers out there or those of you all who are considering a career in plumbing. Now I would like to first say that if you are going to pursue this career then you should absolutely commit to becoming a professional in every sense of the word. At the bare minimum this would require that you obtain a full plumbing license in the state where you wish to work. Why is this important? Well for a lot of reasons actually. Many states have laws that explicitly prohibit non-licensees from advertising or performing certain types of plumbing work. The last thing you want to do is to simply try to make an honest living only to find out that in the process of doing so you are violating state law. This puts you at risk for serious fines and even potential jail time. While the enforcement of these laws is often limited it is always best to be safe when it comes to your livelihood and your freedom. Now in addition to complying with local laws it is also important that you take the time to really learn your craft inside and out. I remember when I started working for a local plumbing company right after I had received my full master plumber license, I was working with a guy who had been in the business over 20 years. Now of course I was in my early 20’s but I had a few years of experience as well and I had just studied my butt off to pass the state licensing exam. Now I bring up this story because on more than one occasion I saw the guy I was working with perform work that was not according to the state specs and guidelines. I had to actually as a new plumber go back and correct this guy’s work. This obviously created somewhat of a tense situation since he was the old hand at this and I was just the young kid on the block. However, over time he realized that he had been doing things incorrectly and when I explained to him why they needed to be changed he eventually came around to seeing things my way. Now I tell this story to make the point that had I not been licensed I would have never known the difference. The guy I was working with was not a licensed master plumber even though he had been in the business over 20 years and was really a very knowledgeable and experienced plumber. He was not a handyman or some guy who was trying to cut corners. He was just doing things the way he always had and it just turned out that a few of those ways were wrong. This is just one example of why it is really actually essential that a plumber take the time to get licensed. This post is getting a little wordy now so I think I will cut it off here but I will continue this discussion in an upcoming post. Thanks for reading!

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