Become a Water Conditioning Contractor: Education and Career Roadmap

Mar 05, 2020

In this video, you'll learn how to become a water conditioning contractor as we go over the job description, education and licensing requirements and see how to start a career in water conditioning.

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Water Conditioning Contractors

Water conditioning contractors are specialized plumbing contractors who work with water treatment systems, appliances, and fixtures. These contractors may work alone, or they may supervise a team of installers.

Like plumbers, water conditioning contractors must travel to job sites to work. They may need to do repairs in uncomfortable physical positions, sometimes in poorly lit, hot, or cold places. Water conditioning contractors also usually work full-time. Evening and weekend hours may be required in order to make emergency repairs.

Degree Level None required; apprenticeship typically necessary
Experience Required experience may be earned during apprenticeship and during on-the-job training
Licensure and Certification Required in most states; qualifications vary by state
Key Skills Ability to install, maintain and repair water conditioning systems, understand blueprints and plumbing diagrams; customer-service, managerial, leadership, physical strength and troubleshooting skills
Salary $53,910 per year (Median Salary for Plumbers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Complete a Plumbing Apprenticeship

Plumbing apprenticeships for prospective water conditioning contractors are offered through unions and contracting organizations. They generally last four to five years and include on-the-job, paid training. These apprenticeships may also include classroom instruction that teaches construction codes, blueprint reading, and safety practices. Apprentices learn basic technical skills before working directly with water distribution systems.

Success Tip:

  • Begin the application process for a water conditioning installer license. The licensing process varies by state, so research your state's requirements. Candidates typically need several years of experience as a plumbing apprentice to qualify. Eligible applicants must usually pass an examination on water conditioning installation or a closely related topic.

Gain Additional Experience

To be professional, contractors must be knowledgeable about water conditioning installations, procedures and relevant building codes. Aspiring water conditioning contractors can gain experience installing, modifying, and repairing water systems by working for an existing contractor.

Earn a License

License requirements for water conditioning contractors vary by state. Typically, there is a minimum age requirement, work experience as an installer requirement, and an examination requirement. The amount of work experience needed varies from state to state. Some require as little as one year in the field to qualify, but others could require up to four years of experience. Contact your state licensing board for specific requirements.

In summary, to become a water conditioning contractor, aspiring contractors need to complete a plumbing apprenticeship, gain some direct experience, and earn a professional license.

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