Nationwide Plumber Shortage

Contractors across the country are experiencing a major plumber shortage. Demand is continuously rising but many have retired or left the industry during the recession. It will take more than 100,000 new plumbers to meet current demands.

Plumbing is generally a well-paying career with several states reporting a median income between 59,000 and 72,000. Even with the allure of decent pay and increasing job opportunities, many areas are having a tough time finding enough plumbers to meet demand.

To combat this problem, several high schools are introducing pre-apprenticeship programs and stressing the importance of skilled trades. The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association is also reaching out to young adults by providing classroom programs and hands-on learning opportunities. These measures are increasingly important as the number of plumbers needed is expected to rise 12% by 2024.


ONLINE MICHIGAN PLUMBER 5-HOUR CODE UPDATE

All Michigan plumbers must complete a 5-Hour Code Update class by April 20, 2018 to maintain licensure. Plumbers Training Institute offers this class in an easy to use, HD video, and mobile friendly format. 

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Flint to Use Copper Piping to Solve Lead Crisis

This week Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and FAST Start Coordinator Michael C. McDaniel announced the plan to replace lead-tainted pipes with copper pipes. The city decided to use copper due to its longevity, cost, and history as a high-quality material.  In addition, copper is impermeable, meaning outside chemicals such as petroleum, insecticides, and fertilizer cannot seep into the city's water supply.

The copper pipe industry is working with the city to provide nearly 200,000 feet of copper piping to the city at a discount of approximately $1 million, as well as, providing technical guidance and educational guidance throughout the installation process. Flint is not the only city in the U.S. with a looming lead pipe issue. Detroit water and water across the country have also tested positive for harmful levels of lead. Andrew G. Kireta, Jr. from the Copper Development Association says the copper industry is "Committed to helping America rebuild its aging water infrastructure."


MICHIGAN PLUMBER 2017 CODE UPDATE

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New Classes for Michigan Plumbers

We are expanding our selection of quality Michigan Plumber classes! We will continue to provide Journeyman Plumber exam prep with the addition of a Michigan-approved 5-Hour Code Update class. Both classes are mobile-friendly and available 24/7 on any internet capable device.

Journeyman Plumber Exam Prep 
Online | HD Video | Includes Practice Tests

This class is designed to prepare you to take the state Journeyman Plumber exam, as well as, give you tools to use in the field and increase efficiency. You will also be provided with a review of plumbing laws and regulations, general concepts related to venting and drainage, and specific code items.

NOTE: the state of Michigan is currently administering the test based on the 2012 edition of the Michigan Plumbing Code. The test will be updated to the 2015 version in Sept 2017, and all courses will automatically switch to the new version once the exam is updated at the state level.

5-Hour Code Update Class 
Online | HD Video | No Tests

All Apprentice, journeyman, master, and contractor plumbers must complete the 5-hour Code Update Class by April 20, 2018. The course will cover residential and commercial code updates based upon the Michigan Plumbing Code 2015 edition, sections from the Skilled Trades Regulations Act PA 407 2016, as well as, advice on how to best navigate the code book.

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ATTENTION MICHIGAN PLUMBERS! MAKE SURE YOU MEET YOUR 5-HOUR CODE UPDATE REQUIREMENTS

Michigan Plumbing Code Update Requirements
Michigan plumbers must complete a 5-hour code update course by April 20, 2018. The course must correspond to the 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code Rules set forth by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on April 20, 2017.
NOTE: For the first time, Michigan is allowing plumbers to complete their code update course online.

What is included in the Michigan plumbing code update course?
The Michigan plumbing code will cover code changes pertaining to both commercial and residential plumbers.

Where do I find a Michigan Plumbing Code Update Course?
Plumbers Training Institute offers an online, Michigan approved 5-hour Code Update course. This course is available 24/7 at your convenience for 6 months after the date of purchase.

Who submits my 5-hour code update certificate of completion to the state?
The state of Michigan does not require certificates be submitted unless they are audited. Plumbers Training Institute provides printable certificates immediately after course completion, we are also happy to mail certificates to plumbers without access to a printer.


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Why Must Michigan Builders Have A Code Book

In 1999, the state of Michigan amended the law (PA 230 of 1972) to require all jurisdictions in the state to use the currently adopted version of the state construction code. The current version of the Michigan Residential Code is the 2015 version, which took effect on February 8th, 2016.

In 2008, the state of Michigan amended the builders licensing laws (PA 299 of 1980) to require ALL individuals who possess a Michigan Residential Builders License to have a current copy of the Michigan Residential Code book in order to their renew their license.

How Often is the Code Book Updated?

The Michigan Bureau of Construction Code (BCC) is required to update the Michigan Residential Code at least every 6 years. In the past, the BCC updated the code every 3 years, but this time around they chose to update the code on a 6-year cycle. The Michigan residential construction industry will not know when the next Residential Code will be adopted until the BCC announces that a new version of the code will be published. The soonest a new version is published will be in 2019 and the latest could be 2022. The state of Michigan requires by law that individuals wanting to renew their residential builders license own a current code book. For the 2017 license renewal cycle, the 2015 Michigan Residential Code is required.

It is known that the 2015 Michigan Residential Code has some errors in the book. The Michigan Bureau of Constriction Codes (BCC) has acknowledged the errors and has published some corrections on it’s website. The BCC has stated it will continue to post corrections on its website when they become aware of the errors. The BCC has also stated it will not publish a revised version of the 2015 Michigan Residential Code book. The 2015 Michigan Residential Code book is the only version currently available for the 2017 license renewal cycle.

The International Code Council (ICC) is the Copyright holder and the publisher of the International Residential Code (IRC) which the 2015 Michigan Residential Code adopts. The ICC will only allow the Michigan Bureau of Constriction Codes to revise the 2015 Michigan Residential Code because of the Copyrighted material that is adopted. No bookstore can revise ICC copyrighted materials and publish their own version of the books.

The Builders License Training Institute, a division of Certified Training Institute, is a proprietary school and bookstore offering online and classroom Michigan Builders 60-Hour Prelicensure Programs, continuing competency courses, lead paint safety RRP classes and Michigan Code Official continuing education.

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Everyone Needs a Plumber!

Very few people make it through home ownership without calling a plumber at some point.  If you have the stomach for certain aspects of the industry, it can be a lucrative career to pursue. In May of 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the national average salary for plumbers was between $50,000 and $51,000. The annual mean wage in Michigan ranges between $50,240 and $58,790.

Regardless of your ability, Michigan plumbers must be licensed as either a Journey plumber, Master plumber, or registered Apprentice. Plus, a licensed master plumber must be in charge and responsible for the job.  All Plumbers must be licensed even if they are working for a licensed plumbing contractor.

The first step in starting a career as a plumber is to secure a job as a plumbing apprentice under a licensed master plumber. You must also register with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). You need to be at least 18 years old, submit the plumbing apprentice registration within 30 days of employment and pay the $15.00 fee.

You must be pre-approved by LARA before becoming a
Michigan Journey or Master Plumber

After 3 years of experience as a registered plumbing apprentice under the supervision of a licensed authorized master plumber, you are eligible to apply for your license and take the journeyman examination. The exam is taken through PSI Examination Services and it is not easy.  You might consider taking a journeyman plumber exam preparation course to increase your odds of passing on the first try.

Getting a Master Plumber license is a bit trickier in that 4,000 hours of experience as a Michigan journeyman plumber is required, but these hours must be as a journeyman plumber over a period of not less than 2 years immediately preceding the date of the application. After this requirement is met, you are then eligible to apply for your license and take the master plumber license exam.

Link to LARA for Plumbers:  http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-10575_17409-42835–,00.html

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