Plumbing Code and Theory
Apprentice - Journeyman - Master
Would you like to become a licensed plumber? Becoming a plumber is a two-pronged process that includes practical training and study. In Massachusetts, a hopeful plumber begins an apprenticeship program to receive technical education and complete the required hours of on-the-job training under a licensed master plumber. Plumbers who have successfully completed their apprenticeship are known as journeymen.
To work independently, a plumber is required to receive a license. An applicant will not receive credit for work experience and education unless they were completed in conjunction with one another as measured by calendar years. For each year in which an apprentice obtains 110 clock hours of education, that apprentice must accrue 1700 clock hours of qualifying work experience with some exceptions:
- An unlicensed individual may complete Tier 1 of the education requirement prior to obtaining an apprentice license.
- A licensed apprentice may complete Tier 1 and Tier 2 in a single calendar year.
- In the event that an apprentice is enrolled in a tier but loses their employment, they shall be permitted to complete the tier they are enrolled in.
There’s also an exam to test technical know-how and understanding of plumbing codes.According to the Massachusetts State Board of Plumbers and Pipefitters, before you take the licensing exam you must have an apprentice license, 5 years of on-the-job training, 550 hours (110 per year) of classroom instruction in plumbing code and theory from an approved school, and work for a master plumber.
All students must bring a current MA Plumbing and Gas Code Book to all classes. Approved school by the MA Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters.
- Tier 1, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, beginning date September 16, 2019
- Tier 2, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, beginning September 16, 2019
- Tier 3, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, beginning date September 16, 2019
- Tier 4, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, beginning date September 17, 2019
Cost: $880 per tier of 110 hours
Employment is expected to increase by 16% from 2016 – 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Outlook Handbook).
Requirements are subject to change at any time by the State of Massachusetts.