If you want to become a plumber in Connecticut, you’ll need to adhere to state rules and training procedures to become licensed. But once you join the profession, you can look forward to a steady career that’s in demand. And Connecticut is a top-ten payer for plumbers in the U.S.!
Here’s how to become a plumber in Connecticut.
Connecticut Plumbing Classifications
There are two main plumbing licenses in Connecticut that will start you on your professional journey:
P-2 Unlimited Journeyperson Plumber
This is the license you will need to perform basic plumbing and piping tasks under the supervision of a licensed plumbing contractor. To qualify for this license examination, you’ll first need to get career training or complete a registered apprenticeship program.
P-1 Unlimited Plumbing Contractor
This license allows you to work unsupervised and perform all the plumbing and piping work as defined in the Connecticut General Statutes. To qualify for this license examination, you’ll need to have two years’ experience as a licensed unlimited journeyperson or equivalent experience and training.
Steps to Take to Become an Unlimited Journeyperson Plumber in Connecticut
- Step 1: Register for training courses or apply to be an apprentice under a licensed plumbing contractor. Your coursework will teach you essential skills on water and heating systems, piping, valves, and vents. Once you’ve successfully completed your program, you’re ready for step 2.
- Step 2: Apply to take your licensing exam. You can download the license application at the Department of Consumer Protection website. Complete the application and mail it to PSI, the testing agency that handles all licensing exams. They will send you an Examination Eligibility postcard with instructions on how to pay for and schedule your exam.
- Step 3: Study for your exam using resources provided in the Candidate Information Bulletin. The Bulletin provides an examination content outline, along with useful study materials that cover the topics that will be on the exam.
- Step 4: Register and pay the $120 fee for your exam. You can do this either online or by calling the agency at 800-733-9267.
- Step 5: Arrive 30 minutes before your exam at your scheduled PSI location, either in West Hartford or Norwalk. Bring two forms of ID that have your signature; one must be a photo ID, such as your driver’s license or passport.
- Step 6: Take the exam. Good luck!
- Step 7: Once you’ve passed your exam, forward your results, along with your training or apprenticeship details, to the Occupational and Professional Licensing Division of the Department of Consumer Protection to complete the licensing process.
If you’re looking for a plumbing training program that can get you started on your road to licensure, check out the Plumbing Program at Porter and Chester Institute in Hamden, New London, Rocky Hill, Stratford, and Waterbury, CT. We’ll teach you the skills you need to find success in the profession—and more. We’ll also help you understand how to work with professionals and customers in the industry. At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re proud of our students because they make great employees! Are you ready to get to work? Request more information today!