Study At Home to Become a Plumber


If you have decided to become a plumber, there are several ways to accomplish the education part – you can attend a community college, study at a trade school at night or study at home through an online course.  Regardless of the type of study program you choose, you will still get the same courses required for certification.

When Classes Are Supplemental to Apprenticeship

Studying at home to become a plumber is much easier for anyone that is already enrolled in an apprenticeship plumbing program and working daily in the field of study.  In such cases as this, the classes are then supplementing your apprenticeship.

To get certified as a plumber, you are going to need both working as an apprentice and schooling in the trade.  By having the option to do both simultaneously, you have the benefit of learning by reading and applying what you learn immediately.  It also gives you the opportunity to discuss what you are learning in classes with the journeyman you work with and getting extra tips and information that you would not otherwise enjoy.

Pros and Cons of Online Courses

Going to a virtual school or college and completing all your studies online can be advantageous for many but not for all.  Here are some of the pros and cons of studying at home.


  • Great for adults with a family who need to spread their time between work, family obligations and getting an education
  • The best option for those who work as an apprentice or laborer and need classes that are available any time during the day or night
  • Classes taken at home save money on gas, other transportation arrangements if you don’t own your own vehicle or baby sitting fees if you have children
  • Taking classes at home allows you to stay home when the weather is bad without missing a class because of snow, rain, flooding or other environmental issues that could prevent you from getting to a classroom


Cons – Not a good choice

  • if you are unable to organize your life effectively
  • If you are easily distracted
  • If you are a natural procrastinator
  • If you need to ask questions of an instructor before being able to proceed
  • If you need the interaction of classmates in order to expand on your own ideas and knowledge


Limitations of Courses

Regardless of where you take the classes, courses in plumbing have certain limitations when it comes to getting a job.  Nearly all plumbing jobs for apprentices require that you have at least 2 years of field experience before you can be considered for certification.

Before signing up for plumbing classes, call your local plumber’s association or union and find out if there are any apprenticeship openings available for those who are taking classes, as well.  The openings for apprentices in all the trades is often limited; but, if you let it be known that you are planning to enroll in classes to supplement your hands-on experiences, you may be given an edge over those who are only seeking a position.


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August 15, 2014 by

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