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How to Become a Plumber in Massachusetts

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Working as a plumber can be a very rewarding and satisfying career choice. Among the maintenance and construction occupations, plumbing is one of the highest earning, according to As a plumber, your primary responsibilities will be installing and performing maintenance on plumbing fixtures. You might be working within someone's private home, for a commercial company or within an industrial setting. In the state of Massachusetts, you'll be required to obtain a license after you complete your professional training.

Receive your high school diploma. Before you can receive professional training to become a plumber in Massachusetts, you must have a high school education. Take courses in math and science, as well as computer courses, to help prepare you.

Enter a training program for professional plumbing. You can choose between entering a program at a community college or attending a technical school. Your coursework will include basic knowledge of plumbing, as well as some hands-on experience. Try to attend a school in the state of Massachusetts. That way, you'll learn about state requirements for professional plumbers, and you may also hear of open positions in apprenticeship programs in the state.

Complete a plumbing apprenticeship program in Massachusetts. During the program, you'll receive paid training and complete additional coursework. You'll also learn plumbing codes for your local area and the state of Massachusetts. You can find available apprenticeship programs through local plumbing unions and non-union contractors or by contacting the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Expect to spend four to five years as an apprentice.

Contact the Division of Professional Licensure in Boston, Massachusetts for an application to receive your Massachusetts state plumbing license (see References). Massachusetts requires that all professional plumbers obtain a state plumbing license. The application will require you to provide details about your education and training in the plumbing field. You need to renew your Massachusetts plumbing license every three years.


J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.