How to Get a California Plumber’s License
Have you, or perhaps a close relative or friend, ever seriously considered a plumbing career?
Don’t simply “flush” that dream away when the job outlook for plumbers is excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for plumbers will grow by 12% over the next 5 years, a higher rate than the average career. According to PayScale, plumbers can earn anything from $29,000/year to $92,000/year, depending on location and experience. In San Diego, beginning plumbers (plumber I) earn a median of $45,398 within the range of $38,208 to $53,922. Those with the designation plumber II earn an average of $54,321; those with a plumber III designation earn $57,386.
It’s interesting to note that, in addition to a respectable salary, sources also report that plumbers have a very high job satisfaction rate.
Despite these perks, the process of becoming a professional plumber in California can be confusing. We’ve provided you with a brief outline of how to get your California Plumber’s License.
Step One: Apprenticeship
Unlike many careers that begin with a program of study, aspiring plumbers start right out in America’s bathrooms and kitchens.
Candidates at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED passing grade can apply for any plumbing apprenticeship program that is recognized by the state of California. These training programs take between four-five years to complete and combine classes with on-the-job experience. For more information on apprenticeship programs contact:
PHCC of San Diego Plumbing Apprenticeship Training Program Academy
9920 Scripps Lake Drive
San Diego, CA 92131
Perry Plumbing Heating & Air Supports the Next Generation of Plumbers
Not only is TEAM PERRY committed to hiring the best and brightest technicians, in 2008, owner Harley Perry initiated and helped develop San Diego’s PHCC Academy Apprenticeship Program. As the recipient of the Contractor of the Year Award, Team Perry looks forward to helping pave the path for next generation of great plumbing professionals.
Step Two: Becoming a Journeyman
When the apprenticeship program is completed and you have passed all of your exams and coursework, your designation changes from apprentice to journeyman. Though you still don’t have your contractor’s license yet, you are able to work unsupervised only on jobs costing $500 or less for the next four years. Many journeymen work under the supervision of master plumbers, like Perry Plumbing Heating & Air as the journeyman period lasts for four years.
Step Three: Becoming a Licensed Plumbing Contactor
- Submit the application and pay the application fee
After working four years as a journeyman, you can apply online for your contractor’s license. Log onto the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) website at: www.cslb.ca.gov. Once completed, submit the application along with the non-refundable application fee.
- Take the required exams, and pay initial licensing fee
After submission, you then need to sign up to take the business and law exam. Once this has been passed, then you need to schedule a trade exam, in which you perform your skills to a CSLB representative. Once all tests have been passed, you’ll pay an initial license fee to CSLB.
- Submit proof of working capital, and file a surety bond.
The working capital required totals at least $2,500. Have your bank write a letter certifying that you have access to it. The surety bond will be for $10,000, and be filed with either CSLB or a private bond company.
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