Benefits of Getting a Plumbers License in Colorado
There are many benefits you’ll see from getting your Colorado plumbing license:
- Most importantly, it is required by law in Colorado to be licensed through the state to legally perform any plumbing work.A trade license is proof of your experience and skill.
- Only licensed master plumbers can: operate a business and advertise services, obtain commercial insurance, pull building permits and pass inspections, bid on public and government projects.
- Having a license protects your company and customers.
- A license gives you a competitive advantage in the job market.
- It also increases your earning potential.
Becoming a licensed plumber in Colorado requires several steps, including:
- Meeting Age Requirements: You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a plumbing license in Colorado.
- Registering as an Apprentice: You can begin your plumbing career by registering as an apprentice plumber. An apprentice plumber is someone who is learning and assisting in the installation of plumbing but is not a master, journeyman, or residential plumber. You must register within 30 days of beginning work to establish a record of apprenticeship.
- Accumulating Experience: After working as a registered apprentice for two years, you may apply for a Residential Plumbers license. Alternatively, you may apply for a Journeyman Plumbers license after accumulating four years of documented experience. After working for an additional year, making a total of five years of work experience, you may apply for a Master Plumbers License.
- Passing Licensing Examinations: To qualify for a plumbing license at each level, you must take and pass a licensing examination. You do not have to earn a license at each level, but can instead choose to continue as an apprentice until you qualify to test for the journeyman plumber license.
- Renewing Licenses: Plumbing licenses in Colorado expire every odd year on February 28. To renew your license, you must complete eight hours of continuing education credits per year.
- Disclosing Felony Convictions: If you have a felony conviction, you must disclose it to the board and provide a full accounting of the events and current status. The board will consider the conviction on a case-by-case basis.
- Having Insurance: If you employ others, you must have workers’ compensation insurance and unemployment insurance. If you own your own business, you must have at least $100,000 in property damage insurance and $300,000 in general liability insurance.
In summary, becoming a licensed plumber in Colorado involves registering as an apprentice, accumulating experience, passing licensing exams, and maintaining insurance coverage. It is a process that takes time, but it can lead to a rewarding career in the plumbing industry.
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