Before establishing what it is you have to do to become a master plumber, you should first understand exactly what it means to be a master plumber.
A master plumber is the highest qualification available in the plumbing trade. Such a distinction allows you to run your own plumbing business, or take on a more senior role in other plumbing businesses. As a master plumber you can have both licensed and apprentice plumbers working under your guidance or management.
If this is something that appeals to you, here is a basic guide as to what this qualification involves:
- To become a master plumber you must first become a licensed plumber. To do this, you will have to complete a four-year apprenticeship, and for three of those years, you will need to attend TAFE. There are no pre-requisites for becoming a plumbing apprentice, though a high school certificate and a driver’s license are valued An alternative route to becoming a licensed plumber is to become involved in a high school trade program. During your final two years in secondary school, you can start your TAFE training or apprenticeship, which will count towards your qualification and give you a head start on your peers.
- Once you have completed your apprenticeship and passed the required examinations, you can apply to become a journeyman. As a journeyman you can work under another licensed plumber but you will not be able to run your own business.
- The next step towards becoming a master plumber is completing advanced study as a journeyman at TAFE. You will also need to spend two years as a journeyman before you are eligible to become a master plumber. The last thing you will need to consider before launching your application is your age; you must be a minimum of 21 years old before you can become a master plumber.
Plumbing not only affords young people the opportunity to gain a reliable job, but also offers them the opportunity to build a successful career, especially as a master plumber.
To further your career as a master plumber, there are a number of additional training courses and educational opportunities that are worth taking advantage of. An example of this is a course in sustainable plumbing.
In this day and age, sustainable practices are valued more than ever before. The Master Plumbers Association has thus joined forces with the Department of Environment and Conservation to develop a sustainable plumbing practice program, that allows plumbers to become accredited Enviroplumbers.
Partaking in such courses helps to develop your professional capacity and will in turn make you more employable and a greater asset to any team.