Arkansas has seen a recent rise in the need for plumbers and this means now is the perfect time to jump into the field. If you’ve been thinking about changing your field of expertise and you want a rewarding career that will last a very long time, becoming a plumber is the perfect option for you.
It takes a lot of hard work and time to get to become a Master Plumber, but once you get there, you’ll see just how much money you can make in this fun and much needed field.
Most people think that plumbers just come over when you have a leak or you need your drained unclogged, but the truth is that plumbers have all kinds of knowledge and skills in things you would never have thought of being a part of the plumbing area.
In fact, Arkansas plumbers that take a state licensing course through an accredited community college or vocational training program are being taught not only about plumbing in general, but gas pipe lines as well as air conditioning services and heating. There’s a whole new world to plumbing that going to school can open up to you.
If you choose to take plumbing courses in a school, you can look into Pulaski Vo-Tech located in North Little Rock, Arkansas or Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale, Arkansas. It’s also possible to train online through such schools as Penn Foster Schools and Ashworth College.
Of course, you don’t have to spend years in school just to become a plumber. In Arkansas, you can become a licensed plumber by first becoming an apprentice through a plumbing company. The apprenticeship program is the perfect option if you need to still make a living while learning the skills to become a Master plumber. Apprenticeship programs will take anywhere between 3 and 5 years before you can take your Journeyman’s exam and become a full working licensed plumber, but that’s time well spent.
You have a better chance in Arkansas to get into an apprentice program if you have some schooling, but it’s not always necessary. There are plenty of people that can get into an apprenticeship program without any schooling other than a GED or high school diploma.
Of course, if you can hold off on the paycheck for a bit, a proper training program from a school lets you sit for exams much quicker and will usually help you with placement after you’ve graduated and passed your final Journeyman’s exam. This is just one of the benefits of going to school versus entering an apprenticeship program.