Plumbing pros have a unique job that takes plenty of expertise to ensure a job well done. Not only do plumbers have to be skilled at what they do, but they also have to stay on top of local codes and regulations to make sure their business is compliant.
If you’re a plumber in the State of Texas, you must be licensed to do business. To get your license, you must complete a journeyman program where you’ll learn all about the industry. If you’re considering getting your plumbing license in Texas, here’s what you need to know.
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Plumbing Licenses In Texas
Every state has different requirements for plumbing pros. In Texas, you must have your plumbing license to do business. Additionally, you must also acquire a journeyman’s license or register as an apprentice if you’re still in training. Here are the differences between each type of licensure:
- Apprentice: You must be at least 16 years old and register with the state, with your work overseen by a master plumber who is licensed in the state. There is a $19 application fee.
- Journeyman: You must be 18 years old, have your high school diploma and have at least 8,000 hours of experience from your time as an apprentice to become a journeyman plumber. Additionally, you will need to take a written exam that tests your plumbing knowledge including licensure laws. Expect a $40 application fee.
- Master Plumber: The highest level of licensure in the State of Texas requires that you’ve been a journeyman for at least a year, have 10,000 hours of experience and 1,000 of additional schooling. For first time licensees, you will also have to take a written exam. This can be waived if you have your master plumber’s license in another state. There is a $175 application fee for this license.
The good news is that you can begin most of this process online. For more information, visit the Texas State Board Of Plumbing Examiners website.
Texas Plumbing Insurance Requirements
If you’re a master plumber, you must have general liability insurance to do business. In fact, according to Texas law, you can’t do any work until you obtain your plumber’s insurance.
If you have a small plumbing business, you’ll also want workers compensation as well. Having insurance for you and your plumbing business is extremely important if there ever was an accident or something went wrong. It also is great for customers to see, knowing you’ve met the expectations of the state and can legally do work in their home.
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Benefits Of A Plumbing License
While holding a plumbing license in Texas is necessary, you should also consider the benefits for your business. Having a license not only gives you peace of mind that your business meets the legal requirements, but it also enhances customer trust in your services. Customers who see that you are backed by the state will know you have taken the necessary education steps to provide the best work possible.
Keep in mind, state requirements might be just the start. Be sure to check with your local government as well to see what you have to do to make sure your plumbing business is compliant with city codes and law.
Other Ways To Improve Business
It’s true that having a license and insurance is not only required but will benefit your business. However, there are other ways you can improve your business in Texas. Here are a few ideas:
Connect With Your Chamber of Commerce
Your local chamber of commerce is there to help small businesses succeed by advocating for new policies and promoting local companies. Most metro areas and towns will have one. Research and connect with your local chamber of commerce to stay up-to-date on ways you can network in your area to help promote your business.
Join A Trade Organization
A trade organization is a great way to network with other plumbers in your area and receive additional education to better your skillset. A membership to a trade organization is something you can share with customers, sharing it on your website and other materials. While there are many trade organizations at the national level, some often have local extensions where you can attend events in your area. Here are a few plumbing organizations you can find in Texas:
- Association Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors of Texas
- Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors Association of North Texas
One of the simplest ways to improve your business and find leads in your area is by networking locally. Meet other local business owners and leave behind fliers if they allow. Attend community meetings and get to know others in your area. They’ll be more likely to hire someone they know if an issue comes up.
It’s clear. You must be a licensed plumber with insurance to do business in Texas. Make sure you follow all state-wide and local requirements to ensure you’re doing work your doing is safe and legal.
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