- Plumbers receive necessary education through apprenticeships, technical schools or community colleges. Students in the plumbing program at a technical school such as St.Cloud Technical and Community College in Minnesota, learn to install fixtures, thread pipes, read and sketch blueprints along with unclogging drains and fixing leaking pipes.
- A plumbing apprenticeship may include 8,000 hours on-the-job training, with the addition of CPR training, Red Cross First Aid and OSHA safety training, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Apprentices must be able to work from 50 feet or higher, work in confined spaces and have mechanical abilities.
- States and communities generally require plumbers to be licensed. License requirements vary, but plumbers are typically required to have two to five years of experience and to pass a written examination. To pass the written examination, the apprentice must be trained on the state or local plumbing code.