Steps to Become a Licensed Plumber in Texas

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Deep in the heart of Texas lies the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. This is the agency with which you'll have to register in order to become a licensed plumber in Texas. But before you take the test, there are other requirements that must first be fulfilled.

Register as a Plumber's Apprentice

Register as a plumber's apprentice in the state of Texas. The application form is located on the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiner's website.

Work as an Apprentice

Complete at least 4,000 hours of work as an apprentice plumber. This work has to be performed under the supervision of a licensed plumber and a master plumber.

Coming from Another State

If you already hold a plumbing certification from another state and wish to become a licensed plumber in Texas, you will need to submit a letter from that state's plumbing board certifying that you hold a journeyman or master plumber's license in that state. The letter should also note how long you have been a plumber and any disciplinary actions that might have been held against you.

Obtain Proof of ID

You will need to present proof of ID and that you have the right to work in the US when you take the plumbing exam. Ensure that you have one and that it is up to date.

Register for the Test

Fill out the Tradesman Plumber application and submit the required fee, which as of September 2009, is $27.

Test Time

Take the plumbers exam. It consists of two parts: a multiple choice section and a hands on test. You will have to pass the test in order to become a licensed plumber in Texas.

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Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.