Becoming a Plumber in Illinois - Ravinia Plumbing
Google Rating

Becoming a Plumber in Illinois

Becoming a Plumber in Illinois

There are numerous reasons to become a plumber. These include:

  • Job security
  • Good pay
  • The ability to be your own boss
  • You help people
  • Job variety
  • Stimulating work
  • Low cost of entry
  • Social interaction
  • Respect from your customers
  • No more plumbing bills

So how does one become a plumber in Illinois? Here is what is required:

  • Age 16 or older
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming one
  • Completed at least two years of high school or equivalent
  • Completed an approved course instruction through a college, university or trade school
  • Been a licensed apprentice plumber for a minimum of four years working under a licensed plumber. Apprentice plumbers perform many of the same tasks as licensed plumbers, including:
    o Installing new plumbing fixtures
    o Unclogging drains and sewers
    o Repairing, assembling and cutting pipes
    o Cleaning water supply and disposal systems
    o Preparing and cleaning job sites
    o Responding to customer inquiries

In Illinois you must complete an application to be an apprentice plumber. The application costs $100.
Upon completion of these requirements, you can apply to become a licensed plumber in Illinois. The application fee is $175 for apprentice plumbers in Illinois, and $225 for plumbers licensed in Chicago or outside the state of Illinois.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Once you start your apprenticeship, you have seven years to obtain the necessary on the job training hours and pass the license exam.
  • You cannot take the license exam until you have completed your apprenticeship, which usually takes five years
  • The license exam is comprised of a written portion where you are tested on your knowledge of the plumbing code and a practical portion where you have to fabricate several different assemblies of water and waste piping that are tested for dimensional correctness and ability to hold pressure.

On average, 72% of the people taking the plumbing exam fail the exam. If you cannot pass the exam within the seven-year time frame (after completing your five-year apprenticeship), you cannot be a plumber without starting over from the beginning.

Ravinia Plumbing Wins Best Plumber Award

Click Here to Read More

Recommended By 95% Of Our Customers.*

For more information, go to Reviews and Ratings

24/7 Emergency Service 847-579-5565

Family Owned Since 1928


Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric
575 Bond St,
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
P: (847) 579-5565
F: (847) 831-5694
Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-5:00, Sat. 8:00-1:30
View Location on a Map
License #055-003586

Latest Blog:

Do a Maintenance Check Now Before You Turn It On

May 29, 2020

Birds are returning, daffodils are blossoming, and the weather is warming. These signs of spring remind us hot summer days will arrive soon. Bef Read more…

*Based on research conducted January - December 2017

Reviews Badge 1
Call Now ButtonCall Us Now