Why Everyone Should Consider Trade School

Why Everyone Should Consider Trade School

Common Certifications For Construction And Contractors

Roberto Morrison

Most jobs in the construction and contracting business require workers to have certifications or licensing. Some workers benefit from apprenticeships and attaining a two-year technical degree from a trade school. Here are some common kind of certifications to think about obtaining if you are interested in construction and contracting.

Plumbing Certification - In order to be a certified plumber, it is best to first become a plumber's apprentice. A registered plumber's apprentice with at least 4,000 work hours are eligible to test and qualify for a tradesman license. If you have at least 8,000 work hours, you are eligible to qualify as a journeyman plumber. A plumber's highest certification is a master plumber. Master plumbers are qualified to do the following types of work:

  • Installs and repairs commercial and residential plumbing systems
  • Specializes in laying or fitting pipes
  • Helps engineers create blueprints

HVAC Certification - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technicians (HVAC) are those who perform any type of maintenance or repairs on any type of appliance or piece of equipment that contains chemicals released into the atmosphere. Training can take anywhere from six months to two years and they must also pass a state exam. Certifications fall under four categories including:

  • Type I - allowed to service small appliances
  • Type II - service high refrigerant equipment
  • Type III - service and dispose of low pressure refrigerant
  • Universal - HVAC technicians can service all types of equipment

Roofing Contractor Certification - The first step in becoming a roofing contractor is to gain work experience by working for a roofing company. Experience is always required for certification. Each state has different certification requirements and you must pass a state exam.

After passing the test, you must provide documentation and pay a licensing fee. While there are some roofing contractors who are not licensed, it is in your best interest to become certified as it will establish credibility and accountability. Chances are, you will also land more contracting jobs. Once you have become a certified roofing contractor your options include:

  • Inspecting commercial and residential roofing
  • Installing and repairing roofing
  • Own your own roofing contracting company

Other types of certifications for those wanting to work in the construction and contracting business include: 

  • Carpentry
  • Masonry/bricklaying
  • Electrical
  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Weatherization

All of these types of certifications are crucial when it comes to the construction and contracting business. A major benefit of attaining certification in these areas is that there is minimal schooling required and certified workers in these areas are always in need. If you have other questions, try asking them or taking your concerns to a company like HVAC Technical Institute to see what's possible.


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Why Everyone Should Consider Trade School

After I graduated from high school, I knew that traditional college just wasn't for me. I couldn't stand the thought of sitting in boring classrooms for hours at a time, and I craved working with my hands. After discussing different concerns with a counselor, she mentioned trade schools, and I instantly knew that it was right for me. The time spent in school was a lot more hands-on, and I found out that I could graduate a lot sooner than I had originally anticipated. This blog is all about learning the benefits of trade school, so that you can enjoy a great career.