Are you considering becoming a plumber in Florida? If so, you'll need to obtain a license to legally perform plumbing work. The process of becoming a plumber in the Sunshine State starts with an apprenticeship and progresses to becoming an official plumber and eventually a master plumber. The Department of Labor's job search website projects that the growth rate for plumbers, plumbing installers and steam installers is more than triple the 15% average. This means that there is a great demand for qualified professionals in this field.
In Florida, the individual plumber has a city or county license, while the contract plumber has a state license. Becoming an official plumber generates a higher salary and more independence, but they are still typically under the supervision of a master plumber. Contractors struggle to find qualified merchants, such as plumbers, electricians, and HVACR professionals. The Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board, which is facilitated through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (FDBPR), is responsible for granting plumbing licenses in the state. The requirements for licensing and certification vary slightly from state to state and even from municipality to municipality.
If you have at least four years of experience as a plumber, proof of financial stability, insurance and a bond, you may be eligible to become a licensed plumber in Florida. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that there are 469,000 plumbers across the country and Florida employs 23,800 of them.