March 18, 2019
A Licensed Plumber Directory is the index of all Licensed plumbers in a certain geographical area. The term plumber means different things to different people. The average person may consider a plumber that worker who unclogs their kitchen drain or fixes a leaky toilet. In reality, Licensed Plumbers do more than install various types of pipe through which hot and cold water run.
The plumbing industry refers to a “plumber” as a craftsman employed to provide services related to the provision of safe drinking water to and proper disposal of sanitary and storm-water wastewater. Licensed Plumbers install and repair the water, waste (sanitary and storm), drainage, and gas systems in residential, commercial and industrial structures. Essentially Licensed Plumbers are health protectors.
An unlicensed, untrained person performing plumbing work can cause contamination by a cross-connection. This can put an entire community they live in at risk of sickness and disease, not to mention potential criminal and civil proceedings.
The plumbing trade is complex and very technical. Licensed Plumbers are held to numerous health and safety requirements that require specialized understanding that properly regulate the trade. Plumbers must be familiar with safety procedures, hazardous material precautions, along with OSHA requirements. They must review and understand construction documents and be able to read a blueprint. It requires being able to perform calculations and determine installation locations. They install piping made of various materials and must understand installation methods for water supply, waste, and venting.
The actual science of plumbing is based upon hydraulics and pneumatics. Licensing requirements are essential for Plumbing Contractors in order to uphold Public health and Safety.
Regulated professions in the United States are licensed at the state level, and most licensed professions require some formal postsecondary education or training as a prerequisite for entry. The competent authority for recognizing professional qualifications is the appropriate state or territorial licensing authority in the jurisdiction where one intends to work. According to NASCLA, licensing is required for any type of work involving construction at certain value limits.
Since professional licensure is regulated at the state level, it is generally necessary to obtain a separate license for each state in which one wishes to practice. In some instances, reciprocity agreements are in place to make it easier for someone who already holds a license in one state to obtain a license in another state. However, the degree to which such reciprocity exists can vary widely depending on the profession and the states involved. State licensing boards can provide detailed information on the existence of any reciprocity agreements they have with other states.
Although some states occasionally use the term “certification” to refer to licensure, the term “licensure” generally refers to an official process, administered by a state-level authority, that is required by law in order for an individual to practice his or her profession. In most instances, the term “certification” refers to a function administered by a nongovernmental organization, which is intended to further recognize professional competence based on having met the quality standards of the organization. The prevalence and relevance of certification vary by profession. Here are the defining characteristics of Certification and Licensing:
Credential: This is an umbrella term used for a variety of programs such as licensure, certification, accreditation, and certificates. A credential is the proof of qualification, competence, or authority issued to an individual by a third party. The third party must have a relevant or de facto authority or assumed competence to do so.
Credentialing: This process is used to establish the qualifications of professionals, organizational members, or organizations. It is used to assess its legitimacy to meet predetermined and standardized criteria. Organizations, processes, services, products, and Individuals, maybe credentialed.
Licensure: A governmental agency uses this process to grant time-limited permission to an individual. This individual may engage in a given occupation after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria (usually education, experience, and examination).
The terms “licensure” and “registration” are oftentimes used interchangeably. An example of this credential would be a registered dietician or Licensed Plumbing Contractor.
Certification: This is a voluntary process by which a nongovernmental agency grants a time-limited recognition. An individual is recognized after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria.
Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical certification programs examples are those offered by NITC STAR, ASSE, ASPE, Star HVACR Mastery, Star Pipefitting Mastery, NATE, and AVO Training. Some of these programs offer credentials for individuals, while most use a “certification” for their credential program.
Certificate: A document serving as evidence, or as written testimony, of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something. It is acquired on a voluntary process by a person or organization.
Accreditation: a time-limited recognition or credentials to an organization by a nongovernmental entity. It is a voluntary process and is granted after verifying that predetermined and standardized criteria are met.
Building an increased recognition on the importance of being Licensed in general and a growing recognition of the quality workmanship of Licensed Plumbing Contractor has led PHCEid to develop the online Licensed Plumbers Directory. It’s easy to use the index of Licensed Plumbers that are qualified to perform work for the public.
The more qualified Licensed Plumbing professionals there are, the better protected our water and sanitation systems become. It is much like having more sanitary districts watching over the public water systems. Having more qualified Licensed Plumbers ensures a higher level of public health safety.
In addition to personal benefit, a License and certification are a Plumber’s tool in two ways. To begin with, it is a way to verify the time and money invested in education and have a tangible skill to show for it. Secondly, it is a way for a plumber to know he or she is capable because they have the credentials to show they know what they are talking about.
Check to see if an individual or business is licensed before they do business for you. Choose the profession from the list below and click to see if they are licensed by their state. If a particular contractor is not on this list, please contact us directly and we will do research for you.
PHCEid.org is an advocate for the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical contractor to properly identify their licensed status for public awareness. Professional Contractors have the license or certification to work in homes and businesses. Without the proper certification and licensing to become a skilled trades professional, it compromises the integrity of the trade industry. The contractors listed on the PHCEid.org website are licensed or certified according to the codes and laws set forth by each governing state and/or entity. Licensed Contractors work in compliance with local and state codes set forth by their governing trade industry board. Get more information at PHCEid.org or call 844-954-2367 today!